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Two Home Runs Earn Shelton National Little League New England Region Title, Berth in 2008 Little League Baseball World Series

Two Home Runs Earn Shelton National Little League New England Region Title, Berth in 2008 Little League Baseball World Series

Little League World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 9, 2008) – In the top of the sixth inning, Shelton National Little League’s Tyler Tice and Marcelo Ursini each hit solo home runs to propel the Connecticut state champions to a 2-1 win in the New England Region championship on Saturday at Breen Field in Bristol, Conn.

Trailing 1-0, in a pitcher’s duel between Shelton National Little League’s Robert Moretti and Carmen Giampetruzzi from Manchester (N.H.) North Little League, Tice hit a one-out, 1-0 pitch over the center-field fence to tie the game. Following a Moretti groundout, Marcelo Ursini hit a 0-1 pitch for home run to left field that set the final score. 

Moretti struck out 10, while allowing three hits and two walks. One of Manchester North Little League’s hits accounted for its only run, as Nick Makris blasted a solo home run in the second inning. Giampetruzzi scattered four hits and struck out nine in taking the mound loss. Manchester North Little League was 3-2 in regional play.  

Shelton National Little League, which had scored 46 runs in its first four regional tournament games, finished the six-team tournament with a 5-0 record. Last year, Shelton National Little League, which has never participated in the Little League Baseball World Series, lost in the 2007 New England Region Championship game to a team from Walpole (Mass.) Little League.

The last team from Connecticut to qualify for the Little League Baseball World Series was Trumbull National Little League in 1989. Teams from Connecticut have won the Little League Baseball World Series four times, the most recent in 1989, when a team led by current National Hockey League player Chris Drury defeated Kang-Tu Little League from Chinese Taipei, 5-2, in the world championship game.

The other teams that will be participating in the 2008 Little League Baseball World Series are: 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 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 7 p.m. at on ESPN, when the U.S. Great Lakes Region Tournament 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).