Little League Tournament Play Brings Excitement to All Corners of Australia
The Australian Baseball Federation tournament season recently came to a conclusion with the completion of the 2011 Australian Little League Championships. Southern Adelaide Little League won the national title with a 2-1 victory over Perth North Metro Little League.
Australia’s National Champion advances to the Asia-Pacific Region Tournament to be played in Harmon, Guam, July 8-15.
The four-day tournament concluded two months of Australian Little League postseason play. In total, five national tournaments were played in three cities, including 165 games in April and May.
“The Little League tournament is establishing itself as our ‘favourite’ tournament,” Stuart Allen, National Programs and Competitions Manager for the Australian Baseball Federation, said. “The vibe is great, the standard of play is improving all the time and the enthusiasm for the game is terrific.”
Cronulla North Little League was second national runner-up, taking third place by winning an 11-10 game with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 6th inning.
“Following the tournament we took the opportunity to meet with all District Administrators from around the country and started to make some solid plans for growing the Little League program in this country,” Mr. Allen said.
In other results, Brisbane South Little League concluded a very strong tournament by defeating Mt. Gambier Little League for fifth place, Alice Springs Little League claimed seventh place with a hard-fought win over Canberra Little League, Ringwood Little League, representing the Far North Coast, claimed 9th place with a 4-2 win, while Port Hedland Little League recorded a well-deserved first win of the tournament claiming a 5-4 win over Illawarra Little League for 11th place.
The Australian Baseball Federation, which operates the country’s Little League program, recently decided its Little League Baseball National Champion. Southern Adelaide Little League captured the title, and will represent Australia at next month’s Asia-Pacific Region Tournament (July 8-15) in Harmon, Guam.