TORONTO AND DAVENPORT, IOWA, AND EARN BERTHS IN 2000 LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
Iowa pitcher Nick Mirfield scattered eight hits for Davenport East Little League against Westlawn Little League of Chicago, winning 6-4 at Stokely Field at the Ruben F. Glick Little League Center in the Central Region Tournament final in Indianapolis. Davenport East was a Little League World Series participant in 1989, and Iowa teams have been to Williamsport five times. No Iowa team has ever reached the world championship game.
High Park Little League pitcher Ozzie Diaz went the distance for Toronto, giving up five hits while fanning nine in a 4-1 victory in Windsor, Ontario, against Valleyfield, Quebec. Diaz and Anthony DeGiorgio also contributed a home run each for High Park, which has been to the Little League World Series twice, in 1989 and ’95. Stony Creek Little League of Ontario is the only Canadian team to reach the final game of the Little League Baseball World Series, falling 3-1 against Windsor Locks, Conn., in the 1965 championship.
Six teams in the eight-team pool have been determined for the Little League World Series. The other teams are: Bellaire (Texas) Little League; Musashi Fuchu Little League of Tokyo, Japan; Sierra Maestra Little League of Maracaibo, Venezuela; and Arabian American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
The two remaining U.S. regional tournament final games, both live on ESPN2 Thursday, are the Eastern Region Championship at Bristol, Conn., 8 p.m., and the Western Region Championship at San Bernardino, Calif., 11 p.m. (All times Eastern). In the Eastern Region final, Rolando Paulino Little League of Bronx, New York, plays Goffstown (N.H.) Little League, while Ocean View Little League of Huntington Beach, Calif., plays Hazel Dell Little League of Vancouver, Wash., in the Western Region final.
Davenport’s first game in the Little League World Series will be Monday at 2 p.m. against the Eastern Region champion. Toronto plays its first Series game at 11 a.m. Monday against Tokyo.
Nine Little League World Series games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2, as well as a hitting contest and all star game. The final game on Aug. 26 will be televised on ABC Wide World of Sports at 4:30 p.m.
Little League Baseball is the largest organized youth sports program in the world, with nearly 3 million participants in all 50 states and 103 other countries.