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Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) Little League Returns to Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Europe Title

Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) Little League Returns to Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Europe Title


2010 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule and Bracket

2010 World Series Media Credential Form

Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) American Little League from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, will make its second successive trip to the Little League Baseball World Series after capturing the Europe Region Tournament today. KMC American Little League was a 4-0 winner over Fruili Venezia Giulia Little League from Friuli, Italy, in the championship game.

A squad from the same Little League qualified for the World Series last year, and it is the sixth time a team from that Air Force Base has earned a spot in the tournament. This is the 15th time Germany has been represented in the World Series.

KMC Little League posted a 3-1 record in pool play to finish in a three-way tie for first place. The top four teams in each of the two pools advanced to the quarterfinal round.

The eventual champion, as the #3-seed in their pool, posted two decisive wins to advance to the championship game – taking a 10-1 decision from Kennemerland Little League from Haarlem, Netherlands, in the quarterfinal contest, and a 15-4 win over South Moravia Little League from South Moravia, Czech Republic, to earn a spot in the final. The team from Italy advanced to the final with a 9-4 win over London Youth Area Little League from London, England.

The eight-day, nine-team tournament was contested at Little League’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Region Headquarters in Kutno, Poland.

Teams from Germany that have advanced to the World Series, in most cases, have been comprised of children who are dependants of U.S Military personnel.

KMC American Little League joins the Latin America Champion, Chitre Little League from Chitre, Panama; the Mexico Champion, Oriente Little League from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas; the Middle East and Africa Champion, Arabian American Little League; 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, in the World Series field.

The KMC American Little League squad will be in Pool C for the first round of World Series play. They will play the Caribbean Region Champion, Jose M. Rodriguez Little League from Manati, Puerto Rico, 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.

Television coverage of the Little League International Tournament begins Aug. 4 with ESPN2 airing the championship game of the Big League Baseball World Series live at 8 p.m. Beginning Aug. 10, for 18 of the next 20 days, at least one game, and many times multiple games, of the International Tournament will be televised.

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. 12 when the first U.S. representative will be determined with completion of the Southwestern Region Tournament.

Follow every step of the Little League Baseball World Series on the Little League web site (www.LittleLeague.org).

2010 Little League Baseball World Series Pool C Schedule (double-elimination format)
Caribbean (Jose M. Rodriguez Little League, Manati, Puerto Rico)
Europe (Kaiserslautern Military Community American Little League, Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany)
Japan (Edogawa Minami Little League, Tokyo, Japan)
Mexico (Oriente Little League, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas)
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)