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First Berth in 2011 Little League Baseball World Series Goes to Japan Region Tournament Champion Hamamatsu Minami Little League

First Berth in 2011 Little League Baseball World Series Goes to Japan Region Tournament Champion Hamamatsu Minami Little League

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  • 2011 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule and Bracket
  • 2011 World Series Media Credential Form
  • 2011 Japan Regional Tournament


    The Hamamatsu Minami Little League from Hamamatsu City, Japan, earned the first berth in the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series today by winning the Japan Region Tournament. The Japan Champions defeated Seya Little League from Yokohama, Japan, 14-3, in the championship game.
  • The first-time qualifier for the World Series won all four of its games in the 16-team, single-elimination region tournament, including an 11-1 victory earlier today over Koshigaya Little League from Koshigaya City, Japan, in the semifinal contest. Seya Little League, who earned a berth in the 1997 World Series, shutout Osaka Ibaraki Little League from Ibaraki City, Japan, 2-0, to earn its berth in the championship game.

    The new Japan Champion lost to eventual 2010 World Series champion Edogawa Minami Little League from Tokyo, 2-0, in the semifinal of last year’s region tournament.

    In this year’s championship game, Hamamatsu Minami Little League scored six runs in the first inning and built a 12-3 advantage after four innings on its way to the victory. In its semifinal victory, Hamamatsu Minami Little League also built an early lead scoring eight runs in the first two innings.

    Hamamatsu Little League faced its stiffest test in the region tournament in its 3-1 quarterfinal victory over Chofu Little League last weekend. Their other first-round victory was a 13-1 decision.

    Teams from Japan have won the Little League Baseball World Series seven times. Edogawa Minami Little League from Tokyo became the first champion from Japan since 2003 last year defeating Waipio Little League from Waipahu Hawaii, 4-1, in the title game.

    Hamamatsu Minami Little League will play its first World Series game, Aug. 18, against the Caribbean champion.

    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 15 when the champion in the Asia-Pacific Region Tournament will be determined.

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

    Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with more than 2.5 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.

    2011 Little League Baseball World Series

    International Bracket

    Japan Region Champion – Hamamatsu Minami Little League (Hamamatsu City, Japan)

    Asia-Pacific Region Champion – determined July 15

    Caribbean Region Champion – determined July 16

    Middle East and Africa Region Champion – determined July 17

    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

    U.S. Bracket

    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