Another World Series First-Timer; Aruba North Little League Captures Caribbean Region Tournament
Aruba North Little League from Oranjestad, Aruba, earned the fourth berth in the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series by winning the Caribbean Region Tournament today. The newest region champion was a 4-2 winner over Elrod Hendricks West Little League from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, in the championship game.
The three teams that have now qualified for the World Series will all be making their first appearance. Aruba North Little League joins Asia-Pacific Region Champion Ching-Tang Little League from Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei and Japan Region Champion Hamamatsu Minami Little League from Hamamatsu City, Japan are in the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series field.
The eight-day, 10-team Caribbean Region tournament was played in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Aruba North Little League finished second in Pool B with a 3-1 pool play record losing only to Paribo Little League from Willemstad, Curacao, who went undefeated in pool play. In the other pool, Jose M. Rodriguez Little League from Manati, Puerto Rico, who was last year’s Caribbean Champion, went undefeated while Elrod Hendricks West Little League was the runner-up losing only to the team from Puerto Rico.
Both second-place teams in pool play upset the #1-seed from the opposite pool in the crossover semifinal contests. Aruba North Little League was a 4-0 winner over Jose M. Rodriguez Little League and Elrod Hendricks West Little League posted an 8-7 victory over Paribo Little League to set up the title contest.
Aruba North Little League will play its first game of World Series, Aug. 18, against the Japan Champion, Hamamatsu Minami Little League from Hamamatsu City, Japan.
The 65th Little League Baseball World Series, for 11-12-year-olds, will be played in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 18-28. Sixteen teams from around the world will vie for the coveted title of World Champion.
For the first time since the World Series went to 16 teams in 2001, the teams will be split into two eight-team brackets – a U.S. bracket and an International bracket. For the last 10 years, the 16 teams had been split into four four-team pools.
In addition, this year a modified double-elimination format will be used that eliminates the “if necessary” games from the tournament.
The 2011 World Series is the fifth 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. 28 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. For the first time, 17 World Series games will air on ESPN 3D this year.
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 9. 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. 11, 8 p.m., Waco, Texas, ESPN2); Southeast Region (Aug. 12, 8 p.m., Warner Robins, Ga., ESPN); Great Lakes Region (Aug. 13, 11 a.m., Indianapolis, Ind., ESPN2); New England Region (Aug. 13, 1 p.m., Bristol, Conn., ESPN2); Northwest Region (Aug. 13, 5 p.m., San Bernardino, Calif., ESPN); Midwest Region (Aug. 13, 7 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind., ESPN); West Region (Aug. 13, 9 p.m., San Bernardino, Calif., ESPN); and Mid-Atlantic Region (Aug. 14, 6 p.m., Bristol, Conn., ESPN2).
The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided July 23 when the champion in the Latin America Region Tournament will be determined.
Edogawa Minami Little League from Tokyo became the first champion from Japan since 2003 in last year’s World Series defeating Waipio Little League from Waipahu, Hawaii, 4-1, in the title game.
Follow every step of the Little League Baseball World Series on the Little League web site (www.LittleLeague.org).
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2011 Little League Baseball World Series
Japan Region Champion – Hamamatsu Minami Little League (Hamamatsu City, Japan)
Asia-Pacific Region Champion – Ching-Tang Little League (Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei)
Middle East and Africa Region Champion – TBA
Caribbean Region Champion – Aruba North Little League (Oranjestad, Aruba)
Latin America Region Champion – determined July 23
Europe Region Champion – determined July 30
Mexico Region Champion – determined July 30
Canada Region Champion – determined Aug. 13
Southwest Region Champion – determined Aug. 11
Southeast Region Champion – determined Aug. 12
Great Lakes Region Champion – determined Aug. 13
New England Region Champion – determined Aug. 13
Northwest Region Champion – determined Aug. 13
Midwest Region Champion – determined Aug. 13
West Region Champion – determined Aug. 13
Mid-Atlantic Region Champion – determined Aug. 14