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Warner Robins (Ga.) American Little League Returning To Little League Baseball World Series After Capturing Southeastern Region Tournament

Warner Robins (Ga.) American Little League Returning To Little League Baseball World Series After Capturing Southeastern Region Tournament

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Warner Robins (Ga.) American Little League will make its third trip to the Little League Baseball World Series in the last five years after earning the Southeastern Region Championship with a come-from-behind, 4-2 victory today over New Tampa Little League from Tampa, Fla. The Georgia State Champions scored all four runs in its last at-bat in the top of the sixth inning to earn the win.

The eight-team, eight-day regional tournament was played at the Little League Southeastern Region Headquarters in Warner Robins, Ga. A crowd, estimated at more than 10,000, was in attendance at Little League Southeast Park.

New Tampa Little League starter Ethan Thomas cruised through the first five innings, helped by some stout defense played behind him, allowing only one hit and striking out 10. In the final inning, Thomas walked the lead-off batter and was replaced on the mound after reaching his pitch count limit. The second batter of the inning was hit by a pitch before a Jacob Giles line drive to right field was misplayed and two runs scored to tie the game. After another Georgia batter was hit by a pitch, Logan Morris doubled over the right fielders head to plate the winning runs.

Warner Robins Little League starter Jacob Fromm matched Thomas, allowing only two unearned runs in the first inning, limiting the Florida Champions to three hits and striking out 10. Fromm had to be replaced after the first batter he faced in the bottom of the sixth inning singled having reached his pitch count limit. Left-hander Trey Odom came on to replace Fromm, and retired the next three batters to earn his second save of the tournament.

Warner Robins American Little League advanced to the World Series in 2007 and again in 2009. In its first trip, Warner Robins won the World Championship defeating the Japan Champion in the title contest.

Warner Robins American Little League 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 teams making return trips to the World Series.

The six first-time World Series qualifiers include: 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.

The new Southeastern Region Champions will play their first game in the World Series, Aug. 18, against the Southeast Region Champions, Lafayette (La.) Little League.

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): 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 will be decided tomorrow 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 – 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