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Jose M. Rodriguez Little League Wins Caribbean Region Title Earning Spot in 2010 Little League Baseball World Series

Jose M. Rodriguez Little League Wins Caribbean Region Title Earning Spot in 2010 Little League Baseball World Series

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Jose M. Rodriguez Little League from Manati, Puerto Rico earned its first berth in the Little League Baseball World Series with an 8-2 victory over Aruba North Little League from Santa Cruz, Aruba, today. The second team to earn a berth in the World Series captured the 10-team Caribbean Region Tournament played in Humacao, Puerto Rico.

To earn their berth in the World Series, the Jose M. Rodriguez team, who was second in Pool A during pool play, had to defeat the top team in Pool B, Miguel Luzunaris Little League from the host city, in the semifinals and then avenge their only loss in pool play to earn the title.

The Caribbean Champions were 6-1 winners in the semifinal contest before posting the win over Aruba North Little League, who was looking to make history as the first team from that country to earn a spot in the Series. The Jose M. Rodriguez Little League handed the local team their first loss in the tournament to advance to the championship game. Their win in the title game avenged a 4-1 loss earlier in the tournament to the team from Aruba.

The Caribbean representative in the World Series has won one title, Pabao Little League, from Curacao, captured the 2005 championship with a 5-2 win over Conejo Valley (Calif.) Little League in 2004. None of the previous seven qualifiers from Puerto Rico have advanced to the championship game of the World Series.

Jose M. Rodriguez Little League joins Edogawa Minami Little League from Tokyo as the first two teams to earn berths in the 2010 Little League Baseball World Series. Earlier today, Edogawa Minami captured the Japan Region Tournament with an 8-4 victory over Aomori Hirosaki Little League.

Both teams will be in the same pool, Pool C, for the Series. They will be joined by the champions from the Mexico and Europe Region Tournaments. The first game for the Caribbean Champions will be on Aug. 20 against Europe.

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.

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 begins 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): Southwest Region (Aug. 12, 7 p.m., Waco, Texas, ESPN2); 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 July 15 when the champion in the Asia-Pacific Region Tournament will be determined.

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)

Caribbean (Jose M. Rodriguez Little League, Manati, Puerto Rico)

Europe

Japan (Edogawa Minami Little League, Tokyo, Japan)

Mexico

Pool C Schedule

Fri., Aug. 20

Game 3 - Caribbean vs. Europe, 6 p.m., Volunteer

Game 4 - Japan vs. Mexico, 8 p.m., Lamade

Sun., Aug. 22

Game 10 - Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4, noon, Volunteer (elimination game)

Game 13 - Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4, 6 p.m., Volunteer

Mon., Aug. 23

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

Game 16 - Loser of Game 13 vs. Winner of Game 10, 4 p.m., Lamade (elimination game)

Tues., Aug. 24

Game 21 - Winner of Game 13 vs. Winner of Game 16, 6 p.m., Volunteer (possible elimination game)

Wed., Aug. 25

Game 23 - Winner of Game 21 vs. Loser of Game 21, 2/4 p.m., Volunteer (if necessary/elimination game/winner of this game wins pool advancing to International title game)