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Gran Maracay Little League from Venezuela Earns Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Latin America Region Tournament

Gran Maracay Little League from Venezuela Earns Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Latin America Region Tournament

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2011 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule and Bracket 
2011 World Series Media Credential Form
2011 Latin American Regional Tournament

Another first-time Little League Baseball World Series qualifier, Gran Maracay Little League from Maracay, Venezuela, won the Latin America Region Tournament today to earn one of the 16 spots in the World Series field. The newest Latin America Champion defeated Falcon Little League from Cartegena, Colombia, 13-6, in the title contest played in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Gran Maracay Little League was the only team in the 11-team, eight-day tournament to complete pool play with a perfect record winning Pool A with a 4-0 mark. Falcon Little League and FESA Little League from Soyapango, El Salvador, moved into the semifinals as the top two teams in Pool B after compiling 4-1 records.

In the semifinal crossover games yesterday, the two teams in the championship game advanced with one-run victories, Gran Maracay Little League defeated FESA Little League, 4-3, and Falcon Little League was a 6-5 winner over David Doleguita Little League from David, Panama.

Falcon Little League lost in the championship game of the Latin America Region Tournament last year to Chitre Little League from Chitre, Panama, by an 8-2 score.

The three teams that have already qualified for the World Series will also be making their first appearance. Joining Gran Maracay Little League in the 2011 World Series field will be 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.

This is the 16th time Venezuela will be represented in the Little League Baseball World Series. Coquivacoa Little League, the last Venezuelan World Series qualifier in 2009, won the World Series championship in 1994 and Sierra Maestra Little League was the 2000 champion. Both teams were from Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Gran Maracay Little League will play its first game of World Series, Aug. 19, against the Europe Region 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 berths in the Little League Baseball World Series are expected to be decided July 30 when the champions in the Mexico and Europe Region 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 – TBA

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

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

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