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Kaiserslautern Military Community Little League Wins Europe Region, Earns Berth in 63rd Little League Baseball World Series

Kaiserslautern Military Community Little League Wins Europe Region, Earns Berth in 63rd Little League Baseball World Series

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Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) American Little League will play in the 2009 Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., having defeated Ukrainian Champion Kirovograd Center/Novo Celo Little League, 10-0, in the Europe Region Championship game played on Tuesday in Kutno, Poland.

The KMC American Little League completed the 11-team tournament with an 8-0 record, outscoring its opposition, 86-5, with three shutouts. Kirovograd Center/Novo Celo Little League of Kirovograd was Europe Region runner-up for the second consecutive year, finishing the tournament with a 6-1 record.

Germany has been represented in the World Series 13 times, with KMC Little League qualifying on three occasions (1976, 1992-93). A team from Ramstein Air Base reached the World Series in 1999, and is the last team from Germany to participate in the World Series.

Teams from Germany that have advanced to the World Series have mostly been comprised of children who are dependants of U.S. Military personnel.

The Europe Region Champions join, Middle East and Africa Region Champion, Arabian American Little League from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Caribbean Region Champion, Pabao Little League from Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles; Japan’s National Champion, Chiba City Little League from Tokyo; Asia-Pacific Champion, Kuei-Shan Little League from Chinese Taipei; and Latin America Region Champion, Coquivacoa Little League of Maracaibo, Venezuela, as participants in the 2009 Little League Baseball World Series.

The 2009 Little League Baseball World Series will welcome 11-12-year-olds from around the world. Sixteen teams will compete for the World Series championship.

The World Series championship game can be seen live on ABC at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 30. ABC also will televise the International Championship Game on Saturday, Aug. 29 at noon, followed by the United States championship at 3 p.m.

The 2009 World Series will be the third operated under the eight-year television contract agreement with ESPN/ABC. Five games will be televised on ABC. This will be the fourth year that all of the World Series games will be televised in high definition. For the eighth 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. Thirteen World Series games will be televised on ESPN and 14 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. 

For the second consecutive year, the New England Sports Network (NESN) is televising four early-round games in the New England Region Tournament. The Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) will televise four early-round games in the Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament. Each tournament is to be played at Little League’s A. Bartlett Giamatti Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn.

The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided on Thursday night in Waco, Texas, as Texas East representative Bridge City Little League will play Texas West’s McAllister Park American Little League from San Antonio, for the Southwest Region championship. The game will be televised live on ESPN2, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern U.S. time.

The other U.S. region finals, which will be televised live, are: Friday, Aug. 14 - Southeast (Ceredo-Kenova, W. Va., 8 p.m., ESPN); Saturday, Aug. 15 - 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., ESPN); Sunday, Aug. 16 - West (San Bernardino, Calif., 8 p.m., ESPN2); Monday, Aug. 17 - Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., 8 p.m., ESPN2).

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