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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2009 > May - August > Full Day of Games Score Four U.S. Region Champions, Canada Slots in 63rd Little League Baseball World Series

Full Day of Games Score Four U.S. Region Champions, Canada Slots in 63rd Little League Baseball World Series

Full Day of Games Score Four U.S. Region Champions, Canada Slots in 63rd Little League Baseball World Series

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Five Little League Baseball teams on Saturday punched their tickets to South Williamsport, Pa., and the 2009 Little League Baseball World Series.

Four teams from the United States, representing the New England, Midwest, Great Lakes and Northwest Regions, along with Canada’s National Champion, will be making the trip to Little League International and the 63rd World Series, to be played Aug. 21-30.

Urbandale (Iowa) National Little League built a six-run lead, but needed a run-scoring single by Jaran Sabus in the fourth inning to break a tie and win the Midwest Region Championship game, 7-6, over Missouri’s Daniel Boone National Little League Saturday afternoon at Stokely Field in Indianapolis.

Matt Hosman needed only one pitch to complete Peabody (Mass.) Western Little League’s rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, hitting a walk-off grand slam to lift the Massachusetts state champions to an 11-7 win over Lincoln (R.I.) Little League in the New England Region championship game on Saturday at Breen Field in Bristol, Conn.

Hastings Community Little League from Vancouver, British Columbia, defeated Ontario’s Turtle Club Little League, 9-2, to claim the Canada Region championship, and secure the final international berth in the 63rd Little League Baseball World Series.

Logan County/Russellville (Ky.) Little League hit four of its tournament-best 18 home runs in the Great Lakes Region Tournament championship game to defeat Bartholomew County (Ind.) Little League, 10-3, Saturday night at Stokely Field in Indianapolis.

Pitcher William Mansfield worked five innings, scattering four hits, allowing three runs and striking out 11, in an 8-3 Mercer Island (Wash.) Little League victory over Parrish Little League from Salem, Ore., in the Northwest Region Championship game Saturday night at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif.

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

The U.S. teams that have qualified include: Northwest Region Champion, Mercer Island 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.) America Little League; and Southwest Region Champion, McAllister Park American Little League from San Antonio, Texas.

The final two region representatives will be decided on Sunday and Monday, respectively, when the U.S. West and U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region title games are played.
The West Region championship to be played in San Bernardino, Calif., (Sunday, 8 p.m. on ESPN2) pits Southern California’s Park View Little League from Chula Vista, against Loomis-Eureka Lakeside Little League from Granite Bay in Northern Calif.

Monday’s Mid-Atlantic Region title game (8 p.m. on ESPN2) has South Shore National Little League from Staten Island, N.Y., playing Somerset Hills Little League of Bernardsville, N.J.

The World Series’ International Pool is set. The eight teams are: Canada Region Champion, Hastings Community Little League from Vancouver, B.C.; 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.

Stories on the region championship games are available here.

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.

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.

A complete schedule of Little League Baseball World Series games is available here:
http://www.littleleague.org/series/2009divisions/llbb/series.htm