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Last Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Goes To Toms River (N.J.) National Little League After Winning Mid-Atlantic Title

Last Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Goes To Toms River (N.J.) National Little League After Winning Mid-Atlantic Title

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2010 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule and Bracket
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The offenses took their turns in the early going, but Toms River (N.J.) National Little League right-hander Jeff Ciervo settled down in the middle innings, against Council Rock Newtown Little League from Newtown, Pa., leading his team to an 8-5 victory in the championship game of the Little League Baseball Mid-Atlantic Region title game. With the victory, the Toms River National Little League squad earned the final berth in the Little League Baseball World Series, which gets underway Friday.

The game was played at Leon J. Breen Field at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn.

The Mid-Atlantic Champions held a slim, 5-4, lead after two innings as the offenses for both teams took center stage. But, Ciervo held Council Rock Newtown Little League scoreless in his final three innings of work while the offense was increasing the lead to four runs. Michael Tiplady came on to work the sixth inning, allowing one run, but shutting the door on the victory for Ciervo.

A balanced offensive attack, five different players drove in runs and all but one starter collected at least one hit, was highlighted by home runs in the fourth and fifth innings that stretched a one-run lead to four runs putting the game away. Patrick Marinaccio had a solo shot in the fourth inning and Tiplady drove in a pair of runs with a round-tripper in the fifth.

East American Little League in Toms River made trips to the World Series in 1995, 1998 and 1999, winning the championship in 1998. This is the 15th time New Jersey has sent a team to the World Series.

Toms River National Little League will be in Pool A for the first round of World Series play. They will play the Great Lakes Champion, West Side Little League from Hamilton, Ohio, on Aug. 21 in their first game.

The 64th Little League Baseball World Series, for 11-12-year-olds, will be played in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 20-29. Sixteen teams from around the world will vie for the coveted title of World Champion.

There have been two changes to the tournament that will affect aspects of play and strategy.

The 16 teams are still split into four pools with the eight U.S. regional champions on one side of the bracket, opposite the eight International qualifiers. The change comes in first round play where the winner of each pool will be determined by a double-elimination format. The winners of two U.S. and International pools meet to determine who plays in the World Championship game. Previously, the top two teams in each pool advanced to the single-elimination round and those eight teams competed for the title.

The other change comes in the area of pitch count where the International Tournament rules were brought in line with the regular-season guidelines. The change means more days of rest between appearances depending on the number of pitches thrown.

The 2010 World Series is the fourth under an eight-year television contract with ESPN/ABC. All games of the World Series will be televised live, in high definition, on the ESPN family of networks or ABC. ABC will air the World Series championship game, Aug. 29 at 3 p.m., and the U.S. and International Championship games the previous day beginning with the International contest at 1 p.m. and the U.S. game to follow. Coverage of the Little League Baseball World Series begins Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. with Fairfield American Little League from Fairfield, Conn. opposing Auburn Little League from Auburn, Wash.

The 2010 World Series is the fourth under an eight-year television contract with ESPN/ABC. All games of the World Series will be televised live, in high definition, on the ESPN family of networks or ABC. ABC will air the World Series championship game, Aug. 29 at 3 p.m., and the U.S. and International Championship games the previous day beginning with the International contest at 1 p.m. and the U.S. game to follow. Coverage of the Little League Baseball World Series begins Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. with Fairfield American Little League from Fairfield, Conn. opposing Auburn Little League from Auburn, Wash.

Follow every step of the Little League Baseball World Series on the Little League web site (www.LittleLeague.org).

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2010 Little League Baseball World Series

Pool A Schedule (double-elimination format)

Great Lakes (West Side Little League, Hamilton, Ohio)

Southeast (Columbus Northern Little League, Columbus, Ga.)

Mid-Atlantic (Tom River National Little League, Tom River, N.J.)

West (Waipio Little League, Waipahu, Hawaii)

Sat., Aug. 21

Game 5 - Mid-Atlantic vs. Great Lakes, 11 a.m., Lamade

Game 7 - Southeast vs. West, 3 p.m., Lamade

Sun., Aug. 22

Game 11 - Loser of Game 5 vs. Loser of Game 7, 2 p.m., Lamade (elimination game)

Mon., Aug. 23

Game 17 - Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 7, 6 p.m., Volunteer

Tues., Aug. 24

Loser Game 11 vs. Loser Game 12 (Pool D), noon, Lamade (crossover consolation game)

Game 20 - Loser of Game 17 vs. Winner of Game 11, 4 p.m., Lamade (elimination game)

Wed., Aug. 25

Game 26 - Winner of Game 17 vs. Winner of Game 20, 8 p.m., Lamade (possible elimination game)

Thurs., Aug. 26

Game 28 - Winner of Game 26 vs. Loser of Game 26, 7 p.m., Lamade (if necessary/elimination game/winner of this game wins pool advancing to U.S. title game)

2010 Little League Baseball World Series Field

Pool A - Southeast Champion, Columbus Northern Little League, Columbus, Ga.

Pool A - Great Lakes Champion, West Side Little League, Hamilton, Ohio

Pool A - West Champion, Waipio Little League, Waipahu, Hawaii

Pool A - Mid-Atlantic Champion, Toms River National Little League, Toms River, N.J.

Pool B - Midwest Champion, Plymouth/New Hope Little League, Plymouth, Minn.

Pool B - Southwest Champion, Pearland White Little League, Pearland, Texas

Pool B - New England Champion, Fairfield American Little League, Fairfield, Conn.

Pool B - Northwest Champion, Auburn Little League, Auburn, Wash.

Pool C - Europe Champion, Kaiserslautern Military Community American Little League, Ramstein Air Base, Germany

Pool C - Mexico Champion, Oriente Little League, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

Pool C - Caribbean Champion, Jose M. Rodriguez Little League, Manati, Puerto Rico

Pool C - Japan Champion, Edogawa Minami Little League, Tokyo, Japan

Pool D - Latin America Champion, Chitre Little League, Chitre, Panama

Pool D - Middle East and Africa Champion, Arabian American Little League, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Pool D - Asia-Pacific Champion, Fu-Hsing Little League, Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei

Pool D - Canada Champion, Little Mountain Little League, Vancouver, British Columbia