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North Oldham Little League Captures Great Lakes Region Tournament and Little League Baseball World Series Berth

North Oldham Little League Captures Great Lakes Region Tournament and Little League Baseball World Series Berth

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2011 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule and Bracket 
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2011 Great Lakes Tournament

North Oldham Little League from La Grange, Ky., behind a pitching masterpiece by Griffin McLarty, earned a berth in the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series today with a 3-0 victory over West Side Little League from Hamilton, Ohio, in the championship game of the Great Lakes Region Tournament.

The six-team, nine-day tournament was played at the Reuben F. Glick Little League Center in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Kentucky right-hander faced one batter over the minimum in claiming his second win of the tournament. In the championship game victory, McLarty tossed a one-hitter, the only hit a solid second-inning single up the middle, allowing only three balls out of the infield. He recorded 13 strikeouts. For the tournament, he pitched in four games, working 14.2 innings allowing only five hits while striking out 30 batters. He did not allow a run in the tournament.

The new Great Lakes Region Champions got on the board in the first inning as Jackson Mason drove in the run on a ground out. North Oldham Little League added a run in the fourth inning on a passed ball before McLarty led off the fifth inning with a home run. McLarty hit .647 (11-for-17) in the tournament.

West Side Little League was looking for a repeat trip to the World Series. Last year’s team won the Great Lakes Region Tournament, then posted a 1-2 record in the World Series, the fifth time a team from that league played in the World Series.

The seventh team from Kentucky to earn a World Series berth, North Oldham Little League joins six other first-time World Series qualifiers. That list includes: Lafayette (La.) Little League, the Southeastern Region Champions; Rotterdam Little League from Rotterdam, Netherlands, the Europe Champion; Gran Maracay Little League from Maracay, Venezuela, the Latin America Champion; Aruba North Little League, from Oranjestad, Aruba, the Caribbean Champion; Asia-Pacific Region Champion Ching-Tang Little League from Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei; and Japan Region Champion Hamamatsu Minami Little League from Hamamatsu City, Japan.

Three berths in the World Series field have been earned by teams making return trips. Warner Robins (Ga.) American Little League, the Southeast Champion, joins Segura Social Little League from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, the Mexico Region Champions, and Arabian American Little League from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, the Middle East and Africa representative, as the teams who have played in the World Series in previous years.

The new Great Lakes Region Champions will play their first game in the World Series, Aug. 19, against the Mid-Atlantic Region Champions.

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 began 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): 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 berths in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided today when the champions in six regional tournaments 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

International Bracket

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 – Arabian American Little League (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)

Caribbean Region Champion – Aruba North Little League (Oranjestad, Aruba)

Latin America Region Champion – Gran Maracay Little League (Maracay, Venezuela)

Europe Region Champion – Rotterdam Little League (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Mexico Region Champion – Segura Social Little League (Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico)

Canada Region Champion – determined Aug. 13

U.S. Bracket

Southwestern Region Champion – Lafayette Little League (Lafayette, La.)

Southeast Region Champion – Warner Robins American Little League (Warner Robins, Ga.)

Great Lakes Region Champion – North Oldham Little League (La Grange, Ky.)

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