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Matamoros Little League Wins Mexico’s National Championship, Earns Berth in 2008 Little League Baseball World Series

Matamoros Little League Wins Mexico’s National Championship, Earns Berth in 2008 Little League Baseball World Series

Little League World Series

Matamoros Little League earned its fourth trip to Williamsport by winning Mexico’s National Championship on Sunday in Monterrey.

The Matamoros Little League of Tamaulipas, defeated Guaymas Sector Pesca Little League from Guaymas, Sonora, 5-1, to win the Mexico Region championship. Matamoros Little League finished the 12-team, three-phase tournament with an 11-1 record.

Teams from Mexico have won the Little League Baseball World Series three times, the most recent in 1997 when a team from Linda Vista Little League in Guadalupe defeated South Little League of Mission Viejo, Calif., 5-4, in the world championship game.

Matamoros Little League, which had previously reached the Little League Baseball World Series on three occasions (1990, 2001 and 2006), joins 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 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 Friday, Aug. 8 when the Europe Region Tournament in Kutno. Poland 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).

Little League Baseball and Softball is the largest organized youth sports program in the world, with 2.7 million participants in all 50 states and scores of other countries.

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NOTE: All times listed in this release are U.S Eastern Time.