TEXAS IS FIRST U.S. TEAM TO EARN 2000 LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES BERTH
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- A team from Bellaire, Texas, became the first U.S. team to earn a berth in the 54th annual Little League Baseball World Series, set to begin Sunday and end Aug. 26 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium here.
Texas pitcher Ross Haggard tossed a no-hitter to lead his team to a 10-0 victory against Barboursville, W.Va., Tuesday night at Arnold S. White, Sr. Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the Southern Region championship.
It is the first time Bellaire, a suburb of Houston, has made it to the Little League Baseball World Series. Texas teams have advanced to Williamsport 11 times. However, it has been a half-century since the last Lone Star State team won the Series. Houston National Little League, the first Texas team to play in the Little League World Series, defeated Bridgeport, Conn., 2-1, for the 1950 championship.
The remaining U.S. regional tournament final games, all live on ESPN2, are: U.S. Central at Indianapolis, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.; U.S. East at Bristol, Conn., Thursday, 8 p.m.; and U.S. West at San Bernardino, Calif., Thursday, 11 p.m. (All times Eastern). The Canada Regional Tournament in Windsor, Ontario, ends Wednesday.
Texas’ first game in the World Series will be Sunday at 8 p.m. against the U.S. East champion, live on ESPN2. 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.
About 15,000 games in six weeks are played nationwide in Little League Division tournaments leading up to the regional tournaments. Teams representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia advance to the four U.S. regional tournaments, where tournament play continues for a week or more. Thirty-six states and 21 countries have sent teams to the Little League World Series since the first Series was played in 1947.
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.