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Louisiana’s South Lake Charles Little League Wins Southwest Region in Extra Innings, Qualifies for 2008 Little League Baseball World Series

Louisiana’s South Lake Charles Little League Wins Southwest Region in Extra Innings, Qualifies for 2008 Little League Baseball World Series

Little League World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 7, 2008) –South Lake Charles (La.) Little League become the first United States team to earn a berth in the 2008 Little League Baseball World Series by rallying to an 8-7 extra-inning win over Lamar American Little League from Richmond, Texas, in the Southwest Region Championship game played Thursday night at Marvin Norcross Stadium in Waco, Texas.

Peyton McLemore scored the winning run from third base on a wild pitch by losing pitcher Reid Garrett in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Trailing 6-5 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, South Lake Charles Little League’s Kennon Fontenot tied the game, 6-6, with a solo home run over the center field fence. The towering home run was enough to send the game to the extra frame.

In the top of the seventh inning, Lamar American Little League reclaimed the lead, 7-6, on a bases-loaded walk to Grant Page that scored Carlos Elizondo, Jr. 

Nick Abshire tied the score at 7-7 in the bottom of the seventh inning with a lead-off home run to center field. McLemore followed with a walk. He was moved to second on a groundout and took third on a single to left field by Hunter Self. A Garrett curveball that kicked off of Lamar American Little League’s catcher scored McLemore with the game winner, and gave Gunner Leger the mound win.

In a losing effort for Lamar American Little League, Duncan McNair hit two home runs and Kyle Owen had a solo home run.

South Lake Charles Little League finished the eight-team tournament with a 5-0 record, while Lamar American Little League, representing Texas East, was 4-1 in regional play.  

This year’s appearance in the Little League Baseball World Series will be the fourth for South Lake Charles Little League, and the league’s third since 2001. Louisiana has been represented five times in the World Series, but has never played in the World Series Championship game.

The U.S. Southwest Region Champions join Mexico National Champion, Matamoros Little League; Caribbean Region Champion, Pabao Little League; Middle East and Africa (MEA) Region Champion, Arabian American Little League; Asia-Pacific Region Champion, Southern Guam Little League of Yona, Guam; Latin America Region Champion, Coquivacoa Little League of Maracaibo, Venezuela; and Japan’s National Champion, Edogawa Minami Little League from Tokyo, as participants in the 2008 Little League Baseball World Series. 

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 has formed a unique relationship with the New England Sports Network (NESN) and Madison Square Garden network (MSG) to televise the New England and Mid-Atlantic regional tournaments in Bristol, Conn. Each network is televising four early-round games.

The next berths in the Little League Baseball World Series are expected to be decided on Friday, when the Europe Region Tournament in Kutno, Poland, and the Southeast Region Tournament in Gulfport, Fla., are due to end.

The U.S. region finals, which will be televised live, are: Friday - Southeast (St. Petersburg, Fla., 8 p.m., ESPN); Saturday - Midwest (Indianapolis, noon, ESPN); New England (Bristol, Conn., 2 p.m., ESPN); Great Lakes (Indianapolis, 7 p.m., ESPN); 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).