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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2009 > May - August > Staten Island’s South Shore National Little League Wins Mid-Atlantic Region; Field Set for 63rd Little League Baseball World Series

Staten Island’s South Shore National Little League Wins Mid-Atlantic Region; Field Set for 63rd Little League Baseball World Series

Staten Island’s South Shore National Little League Wins Mid-Atlantic Region; Field Set for 63rd Little League Baseball World Series

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South Shore National Little League from Staten Island, N.Y., took the lead on its first at-bat of the game, with a lead-off home run from Angelo Navetta, and the combination of Vincent Quinn and James Morisano made it stand up in a 4-0 victory over Somerset Hills Little League from Bernardsville, N.J. in the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship game Monday night at Breen Field in Bristol, Conn.

Quinn and Morisano scattered six hits and Somerset Hills Little League stranded eight base runners, while South Shore National Little League collected eight hits of off pitchers Danny McDonnell, Alex Baratta and Eddie Pavlini.

South Shore National Little League, 17-0 overall, finished the six-team tournament with a 6-0 record, outscoring its opponents, 42-8. The only Little League International Tournament losses suffered by the Somerset Hills Little League (15-2) were to South Shore National Little League. 

Little Leagues from Staten Island have reached the World Series tournament on four occasions (1964, 1985, 1991 and 2006).

Teams from New York have appeared in the Little League Baseball World Series 16 times, winning the world championship twice (1954 and 1964). In 1954, National Little League from Schenectady defeated Colton (Calif.) Little League, 7-5, to win the world title; and Mid-Island Little League from Staten Island defeated Liga Pequena Little League of Monterey, Mexico, 4-0, in the 1964 world championship game. In that game, Danny Yacarino threw a no-hitter.

South Shore National Little League completes the field for the 2009 Little League Baseball World Series which includes: West Region Champion, Park View Little League, Chula Vista, Calif.; Northwest Region Champion, Mercer Island (Wash.) Little League; Great Lakes Region Champion, Logan County/Russellville (Ky.) Little League; New England Region Champion, Peabody (Mass.) Western Little League; U.S. Midwest Region Champion, Urbandale (Iowa) Little League; Southeast Region Champion, Warner Robins (Ga.) American Little League; Southwest Region Champion, McAllister Park American Little League, San Antonio, Texas;  Europe Region Champion, KMC American Little League, Ramstein Air Base in Germany; Middle East and Africa Region Champion, Arabian American Little League, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Caribbean Region Champion, Pabao Little League, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles; Japan’s National Champion, Chiba City Little League, Tokyo; Asia-Pacific Champion, Kuei-Shan Little League, Chinese Taipei; and Latin America Region Champion, Coquivacoa Little League, Maracaibo, Venezuela.

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

The 63rd Little League Baseball World Series begins in South Williamsport on Friday, Aug. 21. The first game of the tournament is scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern U.S. time.

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.