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Waipio Little League From Waipahu, Hawaii, Earns Third Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing West Title

Waipio Little League From Waipahu, Hawaii, Earns Third Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing West Title

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2010 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule and Bracket
2010 World Series Media Credential Form


Noah Shackles pitched his second complete game of West Region Little League Baseball Tournament and Waipio Little League from Waipahu, Hawaii scored all the runs it needed in a four-run fourth inning winning the championship game, 4-1, over Ocean View Little League from Huntington Beach, Calif. this evening. The game was played at Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif. at Little League’s Western Region Headquarters Complex.

With the victory, Waipio Little League earns the 15th berth in the 2010 Little League Baseball World Series. In 2008, a team from the same league won the World Series title. It is the third time the league has earned a berth in the World Series and the 11th time Hawaii has had a representative in the tournament.

Shackles, who tossed a three-hit complete game to beat Northern California (Napa National Little League) earlier in the tournament, yielded four hits in the title contest while striking out nine. He had a 1.00 ERA in the tournament.

Offensively, the West Region Champions gave Shackles all the support he needed sending eight batters to the plate and collecting four hits in the fourth inning. Ty DeSa had an infield single that drove in a run while Shiloh Baniaga had the big blow stroking a two-run triple to close out the scoring in the inning.

Ocean View Little League, which was looking for its first trip to the World Series, got two runners aboard in the bottom of the sixth inning to bring the tying run to plate with one out, but Shackles retired the last two batters on a strike out and a ground out. Michael Gates slugged a home run in the bottom of the third inning that gave Ocean View Little League a short-lived, 1-0, lead.

The win avenged the team from Hawaii’s only loss in the tournament, a 2-1 setback to Ocean View Little League, in the earlier round.

Waipio Little League will be in Pool B for the first round of World Series play. They will play the Southeast Champion, Columbus Northern Little League from Columbus, Ga., 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. All but one team in the field has been determined.

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.

Television coverage of the Little League International Tournament began Aug. 4 with ESPN2 airing the championship game of the Big League Baseball World Series. Beginning Aug. 10, for 18 of the next 20 days, at least one game, and many times multiple games, of the International Tournament will be televised.

As has been the case since 1997, everyone can follow the road to South Williamsport for the squads from the U.S. with ESPN and its family of networks coverage of the Little League Baseball regionals. Live coverage of the semifinals and championship games at all eight regional sites began August 10.

The final berth in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided tomorrow when the Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament title, from Bristol, Conn., is decided at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

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

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 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