GOFFSTOWN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, EARNS BERTH IN 2000 LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Goffstown (N.H.) Little League won the Little League Eastern Region Championship Thursday night, becoming only the third New Hampshire team to earn a berth in the Little League Baseball World Series.
Goffstown pitcher Ben Collins tossed a two-hitter, struck out 11, and scored the only run of the game in the top of the seventh inning in a 1-0 victory against Rolando Paulino Little League of Bronx, New York. The game was played at Breen Field in Bristol, Conn., site of the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center, and Little League’s Eastern Region Headquarters.
New Hampshire teams made it to Williamsport in 1987 (Northside Little League of Dover) and 1993 (Bedford Little League), but neither team reached the final game. Goffstown’s first game in the Little League Baseball World Series (11-12 year olds) is Sunday night at 8, live on ESPN2, against the U.S. South champion from Bellaire, Texas.
The Little League World Series starts Sunday and ends Aug. 26. Games are played at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, site of every Little League World Series since 1959.
The other five teams already determined in the eight-team Little League World Series field are: High Park Little League of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Davenport (Iowa) East 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 teams from Canada, Iowa, Japan and Houston have already arrived in Williamsport.
The remaining U.S. regional tournament final game, the Western Region Championship in San Bernardino, Calif., is scheduled for tonight (Thursday) at 11 p.m. Ocean View Little League of Huntington Beach, Calif., plays Hazel Dell Little League of Vancouver, Wash.
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.