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Edogawa Minami Little League Wins Japan’s National Championship, Qualifies for 2008 Little League Baseball World Series

Edogawa Minami Little League Wins Japan’s National Championship, Qualifies for 2008 Little League Baseball World Series

Little League World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 14, 2008) – Edogawa Minami Little League from Tokyo won Japan’s national championship on Saturday and earned the league’s first berth in the Little League Baseball World Series.

The Edogawa Minami Little League defeated Matsusaka Little League, from Tokai, 11-1, in the championship game. The Japanese national champion finished the 16-team tournament with a 4-0 record to qualify for the 62nd Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds that will be played in Williamsport, Aug. 15-24.

Teams from Japan have won the Little League Baseball World Series six times, the most recent in 2003 when a team from Musachi-Fuchu Little League defeated East Boynton Beach Little League, 10-1, in the world championship game. This is the first time that Edogawa Minami Little League will be represented in the World Series

Edogawa Minami Little League joins Coquivacoa Little League of Maracaibo, Venezuela 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 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. 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 will televise four early-round games.

The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided on July 25, when the Asia-Pacific Region Tournament in Hong Kong, China is due to end.

The U.S. region finals, which will be televised live, are:

  • Thursday, Aug. 7 - Southwest (Waco, Texas, 9 p.m., ESPN2);
  • Friday, Aug. 8 - Southeast (St. Petersburg, Fla., 8 p.m., ESPN);
  • Saturday, Aug. 9 - 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, Aug. 10 -West (San Bernardino, Calif., 10 p.m., ESPN);
  • Monday, Aug. 11 - Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., 8 p.m., ESPN).

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