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Jeffersonville, Ind., Little League Needs 11 Innings to Win Great Lakes Region Title, Reach 2008 Little League Baseball World Series

Jeffersonville, Ind., Little League Needs 11 Innings to Win Great Lakes Region Title, Reach 2008 Little League Baseball World Series

Little League World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 9, 2008) – Hayden Robb had struck out four times in the game, but his fifth official at-bat produced an RBI single that broke open a 4-4 deadlock, and sent Jefferson (Ind.) Little League on its way to an 11-4 win in 11 innings over Mt. Vernon (Ohio) Little League in the Great Lakes Region Championship game Saturday night at Stokely Field in Indianapolis.

Leading off the top of the 11th inning, Jeffersonville Little League’s Drew Ellis reached on an infield single. Chandler Dale followed with a base hit to center field. Both runners moved up one base on a passed ball, and Ellis would break the tie as losing pitcher Alex Arck threw a wild pitch. Robb followed with his single to center that scored Dale for a 6-4 lead. 

Ben Shahroudi slapped his fourth hit of the game into left field, moving Robb to third base. Shahroudi reached base six times in the game after spending much of the previous night in the hospital after suffering a facial injury. Robb scored on a passed ball, followed by RBI singles by Josh Burke and winning pitcher Dalton Duley.

Austin Hines highlighted the seven-run rally with a three-run home run that caromed off of the top of the center field fence. Jeffersonville Little League finished with 17 hits.

Tied since the top of the fifth inning, both teams were shut down by superior pitch efforts. Dale started for Jeffersonville Little League and faced 27 batters in seven innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits, with six strikeouts and one walk.

Mt. Vernon pitchers, Jayben Martin and Josh Edwards combined to surrender 10 hits and five walks, while striking out 18 as each reached the pitch count limit in the game. Edwards accounted for 11 strikeouts and did not give up a run in 5.2 innings in relief of Martin.

The other teams that will be participating in the 2008 Little League Baseball World Series are: Northwest Region Champion, Mill Creek Little League from Mill Creek, Wash.; Canadian National Champion, White Rock-South Surrey Little League, White Rock, British Columbia; New England Region Champion, Shelton National Little League, Shelton, Conn.; Southeast Region Champion, Citrus Park Little League, Tampa, Fla.; 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 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 Sunday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2, when the U.S. West Region Tournament in San Bernardino, Calif., is due to end.

The last U.S. region final will be televised live on Monday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, when the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship is to be decided.