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Cumberland (R.I.) American Little League Captures New England Region Tournament and Little League Baseball World Series Berth

Cumberland (R.I.) American Little League Captures New England 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 New England Tournament

The bats for Cumberland (R.I.) Little League came alive just in time and that is the reason they are moving on to the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series after capturing the championship of the New England Region Tournament today. The Rhode Island State Champions defeated Andover (Mass.) National Little League, 13-7, for the title at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn.

The Rhode Island team, the sixth from the state to earn a World Series berth, and first since 2004, scored just five runs in its first three games of the regional. On the brink of elimination, the team scored 12 runs to win its final first-round game to earn a spot in the semifinal. The New England Region Champions scored eight runs in the semifinal to advance to the championship game.

In the title contest, Cumberland American Little League wiped out a three-run top of the first by the Massachusetts State Champions, who upset top-seed Goffstown (N.H.) Junior Baseball Little League in the semifinals, with an eight-run outburst, keyed by two home runs in the inning by lead-off hitter Ryan McCormack.

McCormack led off the inning with a round-tripper and later blasted a grand slam home run. He added a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to cap off a 3-for-3 day with six RBI.

Andover National Little League closed the gap to three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, but a three-run bottom half of the fifth, sparked by McCormack’s sacrifice fly and Jacob Goad’s two-run home run, put the game away. Cumberland American Little League hit five home runs in the game, one more than they had hit in their first five games of the tournament.

Cumberland American Little League joins seven other first-time World Series qualifiers. That list includes: North Oldham Little League from LaGrange, Ky., the Great Lakes Region Champion; 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 England Region Champions will play their first game in the World Series, Aug. 19, against the West 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): 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 – Cumberland American Little League (Cumberland, R.I.)

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