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Hamilton, Ohio’s West Side Little League Will Represent Great Lakes Region at 2007 Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 11, 2007) – Striking out eight of the final 12 batters he faced, Kyle Cotcamp guided West Side Little League from Hamilton, Ohio, to a 6-1 victory over New Albany (Ind.) Little League to win the Great Lakes Region tournament on Saturday at Stokely Field in Indianapolis.

After falling behind 1-0, West Side Little League tied the score with a run in the bottom of the third inning. In the fourth inning, Brandon Green’s double set up Anthony Crouch, John Cornett and Jacob Hyde, who had key hits in a three-run burst that produced a 4-1 lead.

A bases-loaded walk to Anthony Cline and run-scoring ground out by Cornett concluded the West Side Little League scoring, and allowed Cotcamp to complete his two-hit, 11-strikeout effort.

Derrick Best was solid at the plate for West Side Little League, with two doubles, a run batted in, and a run scored.

Since 1949, teams from Ohio have reached the Little League Baseball World Series eight times, but have never played for the World Series championship. West Side Little League participated in the 1991 and 1993 World Series.

West Side Little League joins Walpole American Little League from Walpole, Mass.; 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: West (San Bernardino, Calif., Saturday, 8 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.

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