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Pearland Little League From Texas Earns First Trip to Little League Baseball World Series, Capturing Southwest Title

Pearland Little League From Texas Earns First Trip to Little League Baseball World Series, Capturing Southwest Title


Pearland (Texas) Little League hit one more home run than its opponent, Eagle Pass (Texas) Little League, in the Southwest Region Little League Baseball Championship Game and that was the difference in a 5-3 victory, as Pearland Little League earned the first berth for a U.S. team in this year’s Little League Baseball World Series.

Pearland Little League, the Texas East Champion, took the lead for good in the title game on a three-run home run by Jorge Gutierrez in the first inning. Teammate Beau Orlando added a solo shot in the second and Chris Leger hit a round-tripper in fifth. Eagle Pass Little League also scored all of its runs on home runs, a solo home run by Ricardo Gonzalez in the first frame and a two-run shot by Armando Lopez with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.

After the Lopez home run, Mason Van Noort took over for Pearland Little League starter, Beau Orlando, and shut the door retiring the last four batters on three strikeouts and a ground ball to earn the save. Orlando, who picked up his third victory of the tournament, was also one the offensive leaders hitting .750 (12-of-16) with four home runs, 10 runs scored and 10 RBI in the eight-team tournament held at Little League Southwestern Region Headquarters in Waco, Texas.

In winning the right to represent the Southwest in the World Series, Pearland Little League won all five of its games in the regional by a combined score of 47-12. They handed Eagle Pass Little League their only two losses of the tournament having beaten then by a 7-5 count in the opener for both teams.

This will be the first World Series appearance for the league located outside of Houston. They are the 17th team from Texas to earn a spot on the Series with teams from the Lone Star State capturing two World Series championships while five teams have finished second.

Pearland Little League joins the Europe Champion, Kaiserslautern Military Community American Little League from Ramstein Air Base, Germany; the Latin America Champion, Chitre Little League from Chitre, Panama; the Mexico Champion, Oriente Little League from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas; the Middle East and Africa Champion, Arabian American Little League; the Asia-Pacific Champion, Fu-Hsing Little League from Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei; the Caribbean Region Champion, Jose M. Rodriguez Little League from Manati, Puerto Rico; and the Japan Region Champion, Edogawa Minami Little League from Tokyo, in the World Series field.

The Pearland Little League squad will be in Pool B for the first round of World Series play. They will play the Midwest Region Champion 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. In addition, the New England Sports Network (NESN) will televise four pool play games in the New England Regional, played at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn., and both semifinals.

The U.S. regional finals will be televised as follows (all times eastern): Southeast Region (Aug. 13, 8 p.m., Warner Robins, Ga., ESPN); Midwest Region (Aug. 14, 1 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind., ESPN2); Great Lakes Region (Aug. 14, 5 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind., ESPN); New England Region (Aug. 14, 7 p.m., Bristol, Conn., ESPN); 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 is expected to be decided tomorrow, Aug. 13, when the second U.S. representative will be determined with completion of the Southeastern Region Tournament.

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 C Schedule (double-elimination format)



New England

Southwest (Pearland 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)