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Lubbock Western Little League from Texas Wins Southwest Region, Advances to 2007 Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 10, 2007) – Texas West representative Lubbock Western Little League rode the one-hit, 15-strikeout performance of Garrett Williams to a 6-0 win over Noon Optimist Little League from Roswell, N.M., in the Southwest Region championship game played Friday night at Marvin Norcross Stadium in Waco, Texas.

Through two innings, Lubbock Western Little League was locked in a pitcher’s duel with Noon Optimist Little League’s Austin Rader. Rader pitched a complete game, allowing six hits and striking out 14, but a four-run third inning proved to be too much to overcome.

Bryndan Arredondo’s two-run home run and a two-run double by Williams highlighted the fourth-inning rally that proved to be the difference in the game. In his compete-game effort, Williams threw 61 of his 81 pitches for strikes.

Lubbock Western Little League finished the eight-team tournament with a 5-0 record, while Noon Optimist Little League was 4-1 in regional play.

A team from Lubbock, Texas, has never played in the Little League Baseball World Series. Texas has been represented 15 times in the World Series, placing second on five occasions and winning one World Series championship. National Little League from Houston defeated Bridgeport, Conn., 2-1, to win the 1950 Little League Baseball World Series. The most recent runner-up finish was in 2000 when a team from Bellaire lost to Kitasuna Little League from Tokyo, Japan, 2-1.

Lubbock Western Little League joins 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 will carry 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: Midwest (Indianapolis, Saturday, noon, ESPN); Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., Saturday, 2 p.m., ESPN); Great Lakes (Indianapolis, Saturday, 7 p.m., ESPN); West (San Bernardino, Calif., Saturday, 9 p.m., ESPN); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Sunday, 10 p.m., ESPN2) and New England (Bristol, Conn., Monday, 8 p.m., ESPN2);. All game times are Eastern U.S. time. The final International Region representative will be decided on Saturday when the Canada Region Tournament in Regina, Saskatchewan, is scheduled to end

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