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Hawaii Earns Berth in Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 12, 2002) – Hawaii will have a team in the Little League Baseball World Series for the first time since 1988, thanks to a last-inning, three-run rally.

Waipio Little League of Waipahu, Hawaii, defeated Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) Little League 5-2 tonight at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif., for the Little League Baseball Northwest Region Tournament title. Pinch-hitter Jonathan Abe’s infield single broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth for Hawaii. Teammate Isaac Moises followed with a two-run double to complete the rally and give Waipahu one of 16 berths in the World Series in Williamsport, Aug. 16-25.

A Hawaiian team last advanced to the Little League Baseball World Series in 1988, when Pearl City Little League reached the championship but lost 10-0 to Taiwan. Hawaii has been represented in the World Series seven times, dating back to 1958.
Hawaii plays in the opening game of the Little League Baseball World Series on Friday at 4 p.m. against Jesse Burkett Little League of Worcester, Mass., the New England Region champion. 

Other leagues to earn berths so far are from: Valencia, Venezuela (Latin America Region); Sendai, Japan (Asia Region); Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (Caribbean Region); Monterrey, Mexico (Mexico Region); Moscow, Russia (Europe Region); Louisville, Ky. (Great Lakes); Clemmons, N.C. (Southeast); North Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (Canada); Forth Worth, Texas (Southwest); Agana, Guam (Pacific); Web City, Mo. (Midwest); and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (Transatlantic). 

The balance of the U.S. region finals, all televised live on ESPN2, are: Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., Tuesday, 8 p.m.), and West (San Bernardino, Tuesday, 10 p.m.). All times are Eastern U.S. time. 

ABC will televise the Little League Baseball World Series U.S. championship game on Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The world championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series can be seen live on ABC at 6:30 p.m., on Aug. 25. Eleven World Series games will be televised on ESPN and seven games will be televised on ESPN2, bringing the total televised games to a record 20.

Little League Baseball is the largest organized youth sports program in the world, with nearly 3 million participants in all 50 states and 104 other countries. The Little League Baseball World Series, for 11-12-year-olds, is the culmination of the world’s largest elimination tournament, with more than 16,000 games played over a six-week period on six continents.