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Columbus (Ga.) Northern Little League Wins Southeastern Region Title, Advances to Little League Baseball World Series

Columbus (Ga.) Northern Little League Wins Southeastern Region Title, Advances to Little League Baseball World Series


Jacob Pate came within one out of a complete game and Kobie Buglioli had a pair of doubles and three RBI powering Columbus (Ga.) Northern Little League to the Southeast Region Little League Baseball title with a 9-2 victory over Viera/Suntree Little League from Melbourne, Fla.  With the victory Columbus Northern Little League earned one of the 16 spots in the Little League Baseball World Series.

Pate had to be removed with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning because he had reached the pitch limit, but not before he had stuck out eight and allowed only three hits. Buglioli, who came on to get the last out on the mound, stroked a two-run double in the fifth inning to highlight a three-run frame that turned a 2-1 Columbus Northern Little League lead into a 5-1 advantage. Buglioli then had an RBI double in the sixth inning as Columbus Northern Little League put the game away with a four-run outburst.

The game was played in front of a raucous crowd of 8,217 fans at Southeast Field in Warner Robins, Ga. at Little League’s new Southeastern Region Headquarters. It was the first night game at the facility, which was dedicated in June.

Columbus Northern Little League won all five of its games in the eight-team tournament to earn a return trip to the World Series. The 2006 team from the same league won the championship defeating Kawaguchi City (Japan) Little League, 2-1, in the title game. They are the fifth team from the state of Georgia to earn a trip to the World Series with three of the previous four winning the World Championship.

Pate won three games in the tournament for Columbus Northern Little League and had a 1.46 ERA in 12.1 innings of work.

Columbus Northern Little League earned a spot in the region title game with a 9-3 win over Ripley (W. Va.) Little League while Viera/Suntree Little League defeated Winston-Salem (N.C.) National Little League, 3-2, to win their way to the championship game.

Columbus Northern Little League will be in Pool A for the first round of World Series play. They will play the West Region Champion 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.

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): 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 berths in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided tomorrow, Aug. 14, when the Canada, Midwest, Great Lakes, New England and Northwest Region Tournament titles are 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 A Schedule (double-elimination format)

Great Lakes

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



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

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