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Arabian American Little League from Dhahran, Saudia Arabia Earns 17th Trip to Little League Baseball World Series Capturing MEA Title

Arabian American Little League from Dhahran, Saudia Arabia Earns 17th Trip to Little League Baseball World Series Capturing MEA Title

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2010 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule and Bracket

2010 World Series Media Credential Form

The Arabian American Little League squad from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia captured a berth in the Little League Baseball World Series for the 11th consecutive year by virtue of winning the Middle East and Africa (MEA) Region Tournament today. They posted a 12-0 victory over Kuwait Little League from Kuwait City, Kuwait, in the championship game to earn the league’s 17th trip to the World Series.

The team from Saudi Arabia posted a 3-1 record in pool play to finish in a three-way tie with Kuwait and Rev. John Foundation Little League from Kampala, Uganda. The defensive runs allowed tie-breaker was used to break the three-way tie, which eliminated Uganda from advancing to the championship game. The team from Uganda handed the tournament champion its only defeat, 9-3, during pool play.

The five-team MEA Tournament was played at Little League’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Region Headquarters in Kutno, Poland. The same facility will serve as the site for the Europe Region Little League Baseball Tournament on July 27-Aug. 4.

A team from Saudi Arabia has never won the Little League Baseball World Series. This will be the 22nd time a team from that country has qualified for the World Series since the first qualifier in 1983.

Arabian American Little League has represented Europe, Transatlantic and Middle East and Africa Regions in the Little League Baseball World Series.

They are the fourth team to qualify for the Little League Baseball World Series joining 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.

The Arabian American Little League squad will be in Pool D for the first round of World Series play. They will play the Asia-Pacific Champion, Fu-Hsing Little League from Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, 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.

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 29 when the champion in the Mexico 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

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)