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Canada’s White Rock-South Surrey Little League Earns Final International Berth in 2008 Little League Baseball World Series

Canada’s White Rock-South Surrey Little League Earns Final International Berth in 2008 Little League Baseball World Series

Little League World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 9, 2008) – White Rock-Surrey Little League from White Rock, British Columbia, defeated Nova Scotia’s Glace Bay No. 1 Little League, 11-4, to claim the Canada Region championship, and secure the final international berth in the 62nd Little League Baseball World Series.

Played in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, White Rock-South Surrey Little League finished the six-team tournament, with a 7-0 record, having outscored its opponents, 58-12.           

Teams representing Canada have participated in 51 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. 

The other teams that will be participating in the 2008 Little League Baseball World Series are: U.S. New England Region Champion, Shelton National Little League, Shelton, Conn.; U.S. Midwest Region Champion, Canyon Lake National Little League, Rapid City, S.D.; U.S. Southeast Region Champion, Citrus Park Little League, Tampa, Fla.; U.S. Southwest Region Champion, South Lake Charles Little League, Lake Charles, La.; Mexico National Champion, Matamoros Little League; Caribbean Region Champion, Pabao Little League, Curacao; Middle East and Africa (MEA) Region Champion, Arabian American Little League, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Asia-Pacific Region Champion, Southern Guam Little League, Yona, Guam; Latin America Region Champion, Coquivacoa Little League, Maracaibo, Venezuela; and Japan’s National Champion, Edogawa Minami Little League, Tokyo.

The Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds will be played in Williamsport, Aug. 15-24. Sixteen teams from around the world will take part.

The World Series championship game can be seen live on ABC at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 24. ABC also will televise the International Championship Game on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 12:30 p.m., followed by the United States championship at 3 p.m.

The 2008 World Series will be the second operated under the eight-year television contract agreement with ESPN/ABC. Five games will be televised on ABC. This will be the third year that all of the World Series games will be televised in high definition. For the seventh 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 will be televised again this year. Fifteen World Series games will be televised on ESPN and 11 will be televised on ESPN2. 

In addition, the ESPN family of networks is carrying 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. 

Little League International also formed a unique relationship with the New England Sports Network (NESN) and Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) to televise this year’s early-round games in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regional tournaments in Bristol, Conn.

The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN, when the U.S. Great Lakes Region Tournament in Indianapolis is due to end.

The other U.S. region finals, which will be televised live, are: Saturday - Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., 9 p.m., ESPN2); Sunday - West (San Bernardino, Calif., 10 p.m., ESPN); and Monday - Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., 8 p.m., ESPN).

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