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McAllister Park American Little League Wins Southwest Region, Qualifies for 2009 Little League Baseball World Series

McAllister Park American Little League Wins Southwest Region, Qualifies for 2009 Little League Baseball World Series

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Steven Cardone entered the Southwest Region Championship game in the third inning, and with four shutout innings of pitching relief and a solo home run helped McAllister Park American Little League from San Antonio, Texas, secure the first United States berth in the 2009 Little League Baseball World Series with a 6-4 win, Thursday night at Marvin Norcross Stadium in Waco, Texas. 

Cardone, who started the game on the bench, took the mound in the third inning with his team trailing, 4-2. Firing strikes en route to an eight-strikeout effort, Cardone held Bridge City Little League in check until the McAllister Park American Little League bats came around.

In the fifth inning, Nick Smisek started a three-run rally with a walk. Devin Brooks followed with a base hit and Travis Daves, who homered earlier in the game, singled to the right-field fence, scoring Smisek. Tanner Scarborough picked up Brooks and Daves with a two-run double to right-center field for a 5-4 lead. 

After another scoreless inning of relief, Cardone hit a solo home run to right field off of losing pitcher Chase Rutledge. Rutledge had given Bridge City Little League its only lead at 4-1 with a three-run home run to left field off of Texas West starter Troy Montemayor in the first inning. 

Bridge City Little League’s Chase Shugart struck out nine and walked three in four innings, but did not figure in the decision. 

McAllister Park American Little League finished the eight-team tournament with a 5-0 record, while Bridge City Little League was 4-1 in regional play.  

This year’s appearance in the Little League Baseball World Series is the first for a Little League team from San Antonio.

The U.S. Southwest Region Champions join 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. 

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 Friday night in Ceredo-Kenova, W. Va., as Warner Robins (Ga.) American Little League will play Chantilly (Va.) American Little League for the Southeast Region championship. The game will be televised live on ESPN, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern U.S. time.

The other U.S. region finals to be televised live, are: 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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