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First Berth in 2010 Little League Baseball World Series Goes to Edogawa Minami Little League From Tokyo

First Berth in 2010 Little League Baseball World Series Goes to Edogawa Minami Little League From Tokyo



The Edogawa Minami Little League from Tokyo earned the first berth in the 2010 Little League Baseball World Series today with an 8-4 victory over the Aomori Hirosaki Little League from Aomori City. In capturing the 2010 Japan Region Tournament, which was held in Tokyo, the local Little League earns its second appearance in the World Series.

The Japan Champions went undefeated in the 16-team tournament winning all four games, including a 2-0 victory over Hamamatsu Minami Little League from Hamamatsu City in the semifinal, scoring both runs in the fifth inning. Aomori Hirosaki Little League, which was looking for its first chance to play in the World Series, earned a berth in the final with a 5-4 win over Daito Little League from Daito City.

In the championship game, Edogawa Minami Little League, which was a 2008 World Series participant, scored three runs in each of the first two innings and added two insurance runs in the fifth inning after Aomori Hirosaki Little League struck for all its runs in fourth inning to close the deficit to 6-4.

Teams from Japan have won the Little League Baseball World Series six times, the most recent in 2003 when Musachi Fuchu Little League from Tokyo defeated East Boynton Beach (Fla.) Little League, 10-1, in the title game.

In the team from Tokyo’s first appearance in the World Series, they won all three of their pool play games before posting an 11-4 victory over Pabao Little League from Curacao in the International semifinals. Edogawa Minami Little League lost a 5-4 decision to Matamoros (Mexico) Little League in the International title game.

Edogawa Little League will join the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe Region Tournament winners in Pool C for the World Series. They will play their first game, Aug. 20, against the champion from Mexico.

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 later today when the champion in the Caribbean Region Tournament will be determined. In the title game, Aruba North Little League, from Santa Cruz, Aruba, will oppose the team from Jose M. Rodriguez Little League from Manati, Puerto Rico.

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)



Japan (Edogawa Minami Little League, Tokyo, Japan)


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)