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Warner Robins American Little League Wins Southeast Region Tournament, Returns to Little League Baseball World Series

Warner Robins American Little League Wins Southeast Region Tournament, Returns to Little League Baseball World Series

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Two errors broke open a tie game and keyed a three-run fifth inning for Warner Robins American Little League (WRALL), which defeated Chantilly (Va.) American Little League, 6-3, to win the Southeast Region Championship Friday night at Mitch Stadium in Ceredo-Kenova, W. Va.

With WRALL’s Hunter Phillips and Justin Jones in scoring position, a rundown occured between home plate and third base. During the rundown, a throw toward home plate caromed off of Phillips and away from the catcher, allowing Phillips and Jones to score. The Georgia state champions pushed across another run later in the inning to set the final score.

Jones, who picked up the mound win with a five-hit, six-strikeout performance, opened the scoring by drawing a lead-off walk, advancing on consecutive groundouts an coming home on a passed ball, to give WRALL a 1-0 first-inning lead. 

The teams traded solo home runs in second and third innings, sending the game to the fourth inning tied, 3-3. Harley Hunt and Blake Jackson homered for WRALL, while Chantilly Little League answered with homers by Grant Bain and Mike Sciorra in support of losing pitcher Eason Recto (10 strikeouts).

Georgia has been represented in the Little League Baseball World Series three times. Each time, those teams have won the World Series championship.

Warner Robins American Little League won the 2007 Little League Baseball World Series, 3-2, in eight innings, over Kitasuna Little League from Tokyo, Japan. 

National Little League from East Marietta and Columbus Northern Little League are the other teams from Georgia to reach the Little League Baseball World Series. National Little League defeated Liquito Hernandez Little League from the Dominican Republic, 3-1, in the 1983 world championship game. In 2006, Columbus Northern defeated Kawaguchi Little League from Kawaguchi City, Japan, 2-1, to win the world championship.

The U.S. Southeast Region Champions join the Southwest Region Champion McAllister Park American Little League from San Antonio, Texas;  Europe Region Champion KMC American Little League from Ramstein Air base in Germany;  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. 

The next berths in the Little League Baseball World Series are expected to be decided on Saturday when four U.S. Region championship games and the Canada National Championship will be played. 

The remaining U.S. region finals to be televised live are: 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., ESPN); Sunday - West (San Bernardino, Calif., 8 p.m., ESPN2); Monday - Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., 8 p.m., ESPN2).