Missouri And Saskatchewan Win Regional Titles, Advance To Little League Baseball World Series For First Time
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 11, 2002) – Teams from the state of Missouri and the province of Saskatchewan, Canada, won regional titles today to earn berths in the Little League Baseball World Series for the first time.
Caleb Powell’s double to right scored Darren Aggus all the way from first in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Midwest championship, giving Webb City (Missouri) Little League a 2-1 victory against Grandview Little League of Des Moines, Iowa, on Stokely Field at the Ruben F. Glick Little League Center in Indianapolis.
Webb City is the first Missouri team in the 56-year
history of the Little League Baseball International Tournament to win a trip to
Williamsport. Its first game in the Little League Baseball World Series will be
on Friday at 7 p.m. against Southwest Forsythe Little League of Clemmons, N.C.,
the Southeast champion.
At Canola Harvest Field in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, Eric Bryce gave up just one hit and fanned six for North Regina Little League in its 5-0 victory against Gloucester Little League of Ottawa, Ontario. Eric only allowed one other runner, on a walk, in six innings of work. Teammate Scott Wolbaum added three hits.
Forty-five Canadian teams have advanced to the World Series in the last 50 years, but none have won the world title, and none were from Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan’s first game in the Little League Baseball World Series will be on Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Arabian American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, the Transatlantic 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); and Louisville, Ky. (Great Lakes). The 56th Little League Baseball World Series will be played in Williamsport Aug. 16-25.
The balance of the U.S. region finals, all televised live on ESPN2, are: Southwest (Waco, Texas, today, 8 p.m.); New England (Bristol, Conn., Monday, 8 p.m.); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Monday, 10 p.m.); Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, 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 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.