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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2002 > Worcester, Mass., Is Bound For Williamsport And The Little League Baseball World Series

Worcester, Mass., Is Bound For Williamsport And The Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Jesse Burkett Little League of Worcester, Mass., became the seventh Massachusetts team in the past 50 years to earn a berth in the Little League Baseball World Series, by winning the New England Region title tonight in Bristol, Conn.

Gordie Lockbaum gave Worcester all the offense it would need with a solo home run in the third inning as his team defeated Portsmouth (R.I.) Little League, 1-0, on Breen Field at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center. Worcester pitcher Keith Landers gave up only two hits and fanned 10 in going the distance, helping his team to one of 16 spots in the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Aug. 16-25.

The last Massachusetts team to make it to Williamsport was Middleboro Little League in 1994. No Massachusetts team has ever reached the final game of the Little League Baseball World Series.

Worcester plays in the opening game of the Little League Baseball World Series on Friday at 4 p.m. against the Northwest 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.

The balance of the U.S. region finals, all televised live on ESPN2, are: Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., tonight, 10 p.m.); 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.