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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2010 > May - August > Oriente Little League from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Earns First Trip to Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Mexico Title

Oriente Little League from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Earns First Trip to Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Mexico Title

Oriente Little League from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Earns First Trip to Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Mexico Title

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2010 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule and Bracket

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Oriente Little League from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas won twice today in the Little League Baseball Mexico Region Tournament to capture the league’s first berth in the Little League Baseball World Series. Oriente defeated Satellite Little League from Juarez, Chihuahua, 3-1, in the championship game.

The fifth team to earn their way into the World Series posted a 7-0 win over Satellite Little League earlier in the day to force a title game in the double-elimination championship round of the tournament contested in Monterrey, Mexico.

The team from Satellite Little League handed Oriente Little League their only loss in the tournament, 4-3, yesterday, forcing the eventual champion to win its next three games to earn the trip to South Williamsport, Pa. Oriente Little League stayed alive with a 4-2 win yesterday over Felix Arce Little League from Mexicali/Baja, Calif., before taking both games today.

Oriente Little League finished the five-day tournament with a 9-1 record after posting the only perfect 5-0 mark in pool play. Satellite Little League, which was in the same pool as Oriente Little League, advanced to the championship round after the defensive runs allowed tie-breaker was used to break a three-way deadlock for second place.

Teams from Mexico have won the World Series three times, the most recent in 1997 when a team from Linda Vista Little League from Guadalupe defeated South Little League of Mission Viejo, Calif., 5-4. The Mexico National Champion in 2008, from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, lost to the West Region Champion, Waipio Little League from Waipahu, Hawaii, 12-3, in the World Championship contest.

This is the third time in the last five years a league in Tamaulipas will represent Mexico in the World Series. The Mexico World Series qualifier has earned a spot in the International Championship game three of the last four years.

Oriente Little League joins the Middle East and Africa Champion, Arabian American Little League; 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 Oriente Little League squad will be in Pool D for the first round of World Series play. They will play the Japan Region Champion, Edogawa Minami Little League from Tokyo, on Aug. 20 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).

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.6 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.

Pool C Schedule (double-elimination format)

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

Europe

Japan (Edogawa Minami Little League, Tokyo, Japan)

Mexico (Oriente Little League, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas)

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)