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Fairfield (Conn.) Little League Earns Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing New England Title

Fairfield (Conn.) Little League Earns Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing New England Title


2010 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule and Bracket

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Fairfield (Conn.) American Little League right-hander Nick Nardone and Cumberland (R.I.) Little League righty Tyler Calabro hooked up in a old-fashioned pitchers dual in the championship game of the New England Region Tournament this evening. And, it turned out that one mistake was the difference in a 1-0 victory for the Fairfield American Little League squad sending them to the Little League Baseball World Series.

One of the four hits by the New England Region Champions was a home run by infielder Tom Ryan with two outs in the third inning, which ended up being the decisive hit in the duel between Nardone and Calabro, who matched each other pitch-for-pitch for a second time in the tournament.

Cumberland Little League made it interesting in the bottom of the sixth inning as they loaded the bases with two outs against Nardone. The Fairfield American Little League hurler, who had yielded his only hit of the game to Josh Brodeur earlier in the sixth, had to be removed because he had reached his pitch limit. He was relieved by Eddie Magi who got the final out, a strike out, on a 3-2 pitch.

Nardone finished with nine strike outs while Calabro sat 10 batters down while going the distance as the hard-luck loser. Prior to the bottom of the sixth, the two pitchers had each retired the side in order three times and no runners had advanced past second base against either pitcher, except Ryan on his home run.

The same two teams, with the same two players on the mound, hooked up in a classic in the earlier round of the tournament with Cumberland Little League winning a 2-0 game. Each team had three hits in that game with Nardone striking out eight and Calabro nine.

Connecticut has been represented in the Little League World Series 16 times, but Fairfield American Little League, which is making its first appearance in the Series, is only the second team from the state to qualify since 1990. Four World Series champions have been from Connecticut.

Fairfield American Little League will be in Pool B for the first round of World Series play. They will play the Northwest Champion, which will be decided this evening between North Boise (Idaho) Little League and Auburn (Wash.) Little League, on Aug. 20 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.

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 game at all eight regional sites began August 10.

The remaining U.S. regional finals will be televised as follows (all times eastern): Northwest Region (Aug. 14, 9 p.m., San Bernardino, Calif., ESPN); West Region (Aug. 15, 8 p.m., San Bernardino, Calif., ESPN2); and Mid-Atlantic Region (Aug. 16, 8 p.m., Bristol, Conn., ESPN2).

The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided tomorrow when the West Region Tournament title is decided.

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 B Schedule (double-elimination format)

Midwest (Plymouth/New Hope Little League, Plymouth, Minn.)


New England (Fairfield American Little League, Fairfield, Conn.)

Southwest (Pearland White Little League, Pearland, Texas)

Fri., Aug. 20

Game 1 - New England vs. Northwest, 1 p.m., Volunteer

Game 2 - Midwest vs. Southwest, 3 p.m., Lamade

Sat., Aug. 21

Game 9 - Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 8 p.m., Lamade (elimination game)

Sun., Aug. 22

Game 14 - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 8 p.m., Lamade

Mon., Aug. 23

Loser Game 9 vs. Loser Game 10 (Pool C), noon, Lamade (crossover consolation game)

Game 18 - Loser of Game 14 vs. Winner of Game 9, 8 p.m. Lamade (elimination game)

Tues., Aug. 24

Game 22 - Winner of Game 14 vs. Winner of Game 18, 8 p.m., Lamade (possible elimination game)

Wed., Aug. 25

Game 24 - Winner of Game 22 vs. Loser of Game 22, 4 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 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 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