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West Side Little League from Hamilton, Ohio Earns Fourth Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Great Lakes Title

West Side Little League from Hamilton, Ohio Earns Fourth Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Great Lakes Title


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

Cole Heflin threw a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts and was 3-for-3, highlighted by a solo home run, in a 4-0 victory for West Side American Little League from Hamilton, Ohio, over Moline (Ill.) National Little League Saturday evening at the Ruben F. Glick Little League Center’s Stokely Field in Indianapolis.

Battling Moline National Little League’s Mitch O’Brien (seven hits, five strikeouts, 0 walks), Heflin saw his homer in the first inning stand as the winning run, as he threw a perfect game into the fifth inning. Cacey O’Brien singled off of Heflin’s glove with one out in the fifth inning to record the only hit for Illinois’ state champions.

West Side American Little League, which defeated Moline National Little League, 18-3, earlier in the tournament, added three insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning. Heflin started the uprising with a single and eventually scored on a Ryan Robinson double. After the second run scored on an RBI ground out by Sam Scott, Tyler Hannah’s single plated the final run of the game.

The victory marks the 10th time that the state of Ohio will be represented in the Little League Baseball World Series, and the fourth time that West Side American Little League’s has made an appearance in Williamsport. The most recent trip to the Series for the team from Hamilton was in 2007. They also advanced in 1991 and 1993.

West Side Little League earned a spot in the title game with a 6-1 win over Terre Haute (Ind.) North Little League in the semifinals while Moline (Ill.) National Little League defeated Burlington (Wisc.) Little League, 6-5.

West Side Little League posted a 5-1 record in the six-team tournament losing only to the Wisconsin team in first round play.

West Side Little League will be in Pool A for the first round of World Series play. They will play the Mid-Atlantic Region Champion, which will be decided Monday between Council Rock Newtown Little League from Newtown, Pa. and Toms River (N.J.) National Little League, 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.

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): 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 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 A Schedule (double-elimination format)

Great Lakes (West Side Little League, Hamilton, Ohio)

Southeast (Columbus Northern Little League, Columbus, Ga.)



Sat., Aug. 21

Game 5 - Mid-Atlantic vs. Great Lakes, 11 a.m., Lamade

Game 7 - Southeast vs. West, 3 p.m., Lamade

Sun., Aug. 22

Game 11 - Loser of Game 5 vs. Loser of Game 7, 2 p.m., Lamade (elimination game)

Mon., Aug. 23

Game 17 - Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 7, 6 p.m., Volunteer

Tues., Aug. 24

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

Game 20 - Loser of Game 17 vs. Winner of Game 11, 4 p.m., Lamade (elimination game)

Wed., Aug. 25

Game 26 - Winner of Game 17 vs. Winner of Game 20, 8 p.m., Lamade (possible elimination game)

Thurs., Aug. 26

Game 28 - Winner of Game 26 vs. Loser of Game 26, 7 p.m., Lamade (if necessary/elimination game/winner of this game wins pool advancing to U.S. title game)

2010 Little League Baseball World Series Field

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

Pool A - Great Lakes Champion, West Side Little League, Hamilton, Ohio

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

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

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