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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2002 > Northern California Team Wins West Region Title, Earns Final Berth In Little League Baseball World Series

Northern California Team Wins West Region Title, Earns Final Berth In Little League Baseball World Series

 

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 13, 2002) – Aptos Little League became the first Northern California league to earn a berth in the Little League World Series in more than 10 years, as it won the West Region title tonight in San Bernardino, Calif.

Tyler Raymond hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to give his team a 4-3 advantage it never relinquished. Aptos is the last of 16 teams to be determined for the World Series, which begins Friday and ends Aug. 25.

California teams have reached the World Series more than any other state (38 times), and have won it more than any other state (five times). The last California team to win the Little League Baseball World Series was Long Beach, in 1993. The last Northern California team to reach the Series was San Ramon Valley Little League of Danville, in 1991.

Aptos plays its first game in the Little League Baseball World Series on Saturday at noon against Valley Sports American Little League of Louisville, Ky., the Great Lakes Region champion.

The rest of the World Series field is from: Valencia, Venezuela (Latin America Region); Sendai, Japan (Asia Region); Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (Caribbean Region); Waipahu, Hawaii  (Northwest Region); Monterrey, Mexico (Mexico Region); Moscow, Russia (Europe Region); Harlem, New York (Mid—Atlantic Region); Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (Canada Region); Clemmons, N.C. (Southeast Region); Fort Worth, Texas (Southwest Region); Agana, Guam (Pacific Region); Worcester, Mass. (New England); Web City, Mo. (Midwest Region); and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (Transatlantic Region).

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.