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Chitre Little League from Chitre, Panama Earns First Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Latin America Title

Chitre Little League from Chitre, Panama Earns First Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Latin America Title

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2010 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule and Bracket

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Chitre Little League from Chitre, Panama,won all five of its games in the Latin America Little League Baseball Region Tournament, including an 8-2 decision today over Falcon Little League from Cartagena, Colombia in the championship game, to capture the sixth berth in the Little League Baseball World Series.

Chitre Little League earned a berth in the title game with a tight 3-2 victory over FESALL from San Salvador, El Salvador in the semifinal Friday. Falcon Little League won the other semifinal by an 8-3 count over CVC Feraminera Little League from Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela.

The championship game pitted the two teams who had won their respective pools with perfect 3-0 marks in the eight-team tournament which was played in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

This is the first berth for Chitre Little League in the World Series, and the sixth time a team from Panama has qualified. The last qualifier from Panama was Curundu Little League from Panama City in 2004. The best finish by a team from Panama came in 1993 when David Doleguita Little League from David, Panama lost a 3-2 decision to Long Beach (Calif.) Little League in the championship game.

Chitre Little League joins the Mexico Region Champion, Oriente Little League from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas; Middle East and Africa Champion, Arabian American Little League from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; 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 Chitre Little League squad will be in Pool D for the first round of World Series play. They will play the Canada Region Champion, which will be determined Aug. 14, in their first game on Aug. 21.

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 Aug. 4 when the champion in the Europe 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 D Schedule (double-elimination format)

Asia-Pacific (Fu-Hsing Little League, Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei)

Canada

Latin America (Chitre Little League, Chitre, Panama)

Middle East & Africa (Arabian American Little League, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)

Pool D Schedule

Sat., Aug. 21

Game 6 - Latin America vs. Canada, 1 p.m., Volunteer

Game 8 - Asia-Pacific vs. MEA, 6 p.m., Volunteer

Sun., Aug. 22

Game 12 - Loser of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 8, 3 p.m., Volunteer (elimination game)

Mon., Aug. 23

Game 15 - Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 8, 2 p.m., Volunteer

Tues., Aug. 24

Loser Game 11 (Pool A) vs. Loser Game 12, noon, Lamade (crossover consolation game)

Game 19 - Loser of Game 15 vs. Winner of Game 12, 2 p.m. Volunteer (elimination game)

Wed., Aug. 25

Game 25 - Winner of Game 15 vs. Winner of Game 19, 4/6 p.m., Volunteer (possible elimination game)

Thur., Aug. 26

Game 27 - Winner of Game 25 vs. Loser of Game 25, 4/7 p.m., Lamade (if necessary/elimination game/winner of this game wins pool advancing to International title game)