Canada’s White Rock-South Surrey Little League Earns Final International Berth in 2007 Little League Baseball World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 11, 2007) – White Rock-Surrey Little
League from White Rock, British Columbia needed only four innings to
defeat Calgary West Little League, 14-4, claim the Canada Region
championship, and secure the final international berth in the 61st
Little League Baseball World Series
Played in Regina, Saskatchewan, White Rock-South Surrey Little League finished the six-team tournament, with a 7-0 record, having outscored its opponents, 93-8.
Teams representing Canada have participated in 50 Little League Baseball World Series since 1952, but have never won the championship. The country’s only appearance in the World Series championship game came in 1965 when Windsor Locks, Conn., defeated a team from Stoney Creek, Ontario, 3-1.
White Rock-South Surrey Little League from White Rock, British Columbia, Canada, joins Walpole American Little League joins Coon Rapid National Little League from Coon Rapids, Minn.; Lubbock Western Little league from Lubbock, Texas; Warner Robins American Little League from Warner Robins, Ga.; Windmills Apeldoorn Little League from the Netherlands; Arabian American Little League from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curacao; Tokyo Kitasuna Little League of Tokyo, Japan; Seguro Social Little League of Mexicali, Mexico; Li-Shing Little League of Taichung, Chinese Taipei; and La Victoria Little League of Maracaibo, Venezuela, as participants in the 2007 Little League Baseball World Series.
The World Series championship game can be seen live on ABC television at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 26. ABC also will televise the International championship game on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 12:30 p.m., followed by the United States championship at 3:30 p.m.
The 2007 World Series will be the first operated under the new eight-year television contract agreement with ESPN/ABC. Five games will be televised on ABC. This will be the second year that all of the World Series games will be televised in high definition. For the sixth year since the tournament expanded from eight to 16 teams in 2001, every team will have games on national television.
All 32 games of the World Series are expected to be televised again this year. Sixteen World Series games will be televised on ESPN and 11 will be televised on ESPN2.
In addition, the ESPN family of networks is televising all eight of the U.S. Regional Championship finals in the Little League Baseball division. The U.S. regional finals have been televised by ESPN and ESPN2 every year since 1997.
The remaining U.S. region finals, which will be televised live on ESPN or ESPN2, are: Great Lakes (Indianapolis, tonight, 7 p.m., ESPN); West (San Bernardino, Calif., tonight, 9 p.m., ESPN); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Sunday, 10 p.m., ESPN2) and Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., Monday, 8 p.m., ESPN2). All game times are Eastern U.S. time. The final International Region representative will be decided tonight when the Canada Region Tournament in Regina, Saskatchewan, is scheduled to end.
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