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Morristown, Tenn., Wins Little League Softball World Series

Editor’s note: Complete scores from all the games can be found here at http://www.littleleague.org/series/2007divisions/llsb/series.htm
PORTLAND, Ore. - Experience paid off for the Morristown American and National Little League team, which returned to the Little League Softball World Series and came away with a 3-2 championship game win over Elgin (Texas) Little League at Alpenrose Dairy Farm.

At first glance, the 2007 Little League Softball World Series might have made you do a double take as five of the teams from the 2006 World Series were returning for another try at the title.

On board for another shot at the championship were: Team Asia-Pacific (Central Little League, Philippines); Team EMEA (KMC American AFB Little League, Ramstein, Germany); Team South (Morristown American-National Little League, Morristown, Tenn.); Team Southwest (Elgin Little League, Elgin, Texas); and Team West (Gilroy Little League Gilroy, Calif.).

Collectively, there were 21 returning players, but they weren’t the only faces and leagues to be recognized in 2007.

While most of the pool play games were close, the four regions that played in the 2006 semifinals would again be pitted against each other. The East Region faced off with the South, and the team from the Central Region met the Southwest team.

With the South and the Southwest evenly-matched, the Championship game could have gone either way. Both scored one run in the first inning and another in the third. In the top of the sixth inning, the South scored the championship-winning run.

Oregon District 4 was on their home turf as the Beaverton Area Little League was making its fourth appearance.

The most recognized face of 2007 was that of Carlos Leon. Mr. Leon, manager of the Latin America team, has been to Little League Softball World Series managing Team Latin America five times and has the distinction being the only international manager to guide a team to the championship since 2001.

The Eastern team of Waterford Little League team from Connecticut beat the 2006 Little League Softball World Series runner-up to gain its berth. While the Central team from Gladstone Little League had their challenge starting at the Michigan State tournament. The Gladstone team defeated last year’s world champions, Mattawan Little League.