SAUDI ARABIA DEFEATS GERMANY 2-0, EARNS BERTH IN LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 17, 2001) - Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, defeated Eifel, Germany, 2-0 Sunday afternoon in the championship game of the Little League Baseball Transatlantic Regional Tournament at Ed Piszek Stadium in Kutno, Poland, site of the Little League Baseball European Leadership Training Center. Saudi Arabia earns its 13th trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League Baseball World Series, Aug. 17-26. The winning team, Arabian American Little League, is composed mainly of the children of U.S. citizens working for oil companies.
Saudi Arabia finished the Transatlantic Regional undefeated, giving up only 10 runs in seven games. Four players on the team (Blythe Bumstead, Andrew Crofton, Cord Heine and Jad Ibrahim) also played on last year's Saudi team in the World Series. Tommy Bumstead, a coach on last year's team, returns this time as manager. Chris Heine returns as a coach. Another tournament is scheduled for Aug. 5-14 in Kutno. The tournament will produce the first native European team to earn a berth in the Little League World Series.
The Little League World Series expands this year from eight teams to 16, as more than 200 children from around with world converge on Williamsport for the 55th annual series for 11-12 year olds. Three World Series games will be televised on ESPN and 14 games will be televised on ESPN2. Two games will be televised on ABC rather than the single championship game as has been the case since 1963. The championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series can be seen live on ABC-TV at 6:30 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 26 - the first prime-time telecast of the Series final. ABC will also televise the U.S. Championship Game on Saturday, August 25, at 4:30 p.m. The total televised World Series games will be 19, compared to 11 last year. In addition, ESPN2 will carry all eight of the U.S. Regional Championship finals in the Little League Baseball Division. The regional finals have been televised by ESPN2 every year since 1997.
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.