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Little Mountain Little League From Vancouver, B.C. Earns Final International Berth in Little League Baseball World Series

Little Mountain Little League From Vancouver, B.C. Earns Final International Berth in Little League Baseball World Series


2010 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule and Bracket
2010 World Series Media Credential Form

Little Mountain Little League from Vancouver, British Columbia dominated the six-team field in the Canada Region Little League Baseball Tournament completed today in Ancaster, Ontario. The team from Vancouver earned the final spot on the International side of the Little League Baseball World Series bracket with a 13-1, four-inning victory over the host team, Ancaster Township Little League.

Little Mountain Little League won all seven of its games in the tournament by a combined score of 89-13 to earn the league’s first trip to the World Series. They are the 17th team from British Columbia and the fourth from Vancouver to earn a berth in the Series. Canada has had a representative in the World Series every year since 1977 and this is the 51st time overall they have had a team in the tournament held each summer in South Williamsport, Pa.

After both teams scored a run in the opening inning, Little Mountain Little League exploded for six runs in the second inning and put the game away with five more in the top of the fourth. Lichel Hirakawa-Kao led the way offensively hitting a pair of home runs and adding four RBI while Kristopher DeGuzman also had a pair of hits, a home run and a double, while knocking in three runs. Winning pitcher Lucas Soper, who went the distance on the mound allowing only three hits and striking out seven, had two hits and a pair of RBI and William Quito stroked a home run and had two RBI.

Quito’s home run capped off the six-run second inning for Little Mountain Little League while Hirakawa-Kao had a two-run round-tripper and DeGuzman capped the scoring with a three-run shot in the fourth inning.

Little Mountain Little League hit .472 as a team for the tournament with 13 home runs and 36 extra-base hits. The pitching staff had a 2.23 ERA for the seven games and they did not commit an error.

Little Mountain Little League will be in Pool D for the first round of World Series play. They will play the Latin America Region Champion, Chitre (Panama) Little League, on Aug. 21 in their first game.

2010 Canada Region LLBB Champions

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 began Aug. 4 with ESPN2 airing the championship game of the Big League Baseball World Series. 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 began August 10.

The remaining U.S. regional finals will be televised as follows (all times eastern): 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 berths in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided later today when the Midwest, Great Lakes, New England and Northwest Region Tournament titles are decided.

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 (Little Mountain Little League, Vancouver, British Columbia)

Latin America (Chitre Little League, Chitre, Panama)

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

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)

2010 Little League Baseball World Series Field

Pool A – Southeast Champion, Columbus Northern Little League, Columbus, Ga.

Pool B - Southwest Champion, Pearland White Little League, Pearland, Texas

Pool B – Midwest Champion, Plymouth/New Hope Little League, Plymouth, Minn.

Pool C - Europe Champion, Kaiserslautern Military Community American Little League, Ramstein Air Base, Germany

Pool C - Mexico Champion, Oriente Little League, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

Pool C - Caribbean Champion, Jose M. Rodriguez Little League, Manati, Puerto Rico

Pool C - Japan Champion, Edogawa Minami Little League, Tokyo, Japan

Pool D - Latin America Champion, Chitre Little League, Chitre, Panama

Pool D - Middle East and Africa Champion, Arabian American Little League, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Pool D - Asia-Pacific Champion, Fu-Hsing Little League, Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei

Pool D – Canada Champion, Little Mountain Little League, Vancouver, British Columbia