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South Carolina District 1 Is Big League Baseball World Series Champion for Fourth Consecutive Yearhttp://www.littleleague.org/series/2007divisions/blbb/series.htm
EASLEY, S.C. – South Carolina District 1, the host team for the 2007 Little League Baseball World Series, was crowned champion for the fourth time in five years on the strength of an 11-3 win over Puerto Rico District 1, from San Juan.
The added attraction of playing in front of an ESPN audience on live television filled each player involved on both teams with the desire to perform at their best, but never dampened their sportsmanship toward their opponents.
Watching them shake hands and embrace at the end of the game demonstrated the ideas from the Little League Pledge, that to ‘play fair and strive to win but win or lose we will always do our best”, was more than a pledge, it is a common bond among the many athletes who competed in this Tournament.
South Carolina District 1 finished pool play with a 3-1 record, while the West Region champions from Thousand Oaks, Calif. (District 13) posted a 4-0 mark. In Pool B, Contry de Monterrey Little League from Monterrey, Mexico also was 4-0 with the San Juan team coming in at 3-1.
In the single-elimination semifinal round, San Juan defeated Monterrey, 6-1, to win the International Pool and reach the championship game. The host team shut out the West Region champions, 10-0, to earn its fourth-straight trip to the title game.
Aside from the competition on the field, there was an outpouring of emotional involvement from the community. The host families invested themselves in the teams they represented and recruited friends and family to become fans for these teams. This insured no matter where the teams were from, they always had a fan base at their games.
Many teams were recipients of goodwill from the community, as donations of equipment and funds to purchase equipment were channeled through anonymous community members and businesses. The Republic of Georgia from the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region and the team from Saipan representing the Asia-Pacific Region, both needed additional luggage space on the return trip for the donations to their local Little League programs.
The tournament’s fund-raising efforts also supported the Challenger Division, raising more than $2,500 for physically and mentally disabled Little Leaguers.
Attending the Big League Baseball World Series championship game were Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball; and Lance Van Auken, Little League International’s senior communication executive.