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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2011 > May-August > Rotterdam Little League from the Netherlands Earns Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Europe Region Tournament

Rotterdam Little League from the Netherlands Earns Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Europe Region Tournament

Rotterdam Little League from the Netherlands Earns Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Europe Region Tournament

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Rotterdam Little League from Rotterdam, Netherlands, yielded only seven runs in its seven games on its way to the Europe Region Championship and the league’s first berth in the Little League Baseball World Series. The new Europe Champion captured the title today with a 7-1 win over South Moravia Little League from South Moravia, Czech Republic.

The eight-day, 11-team tournament was played at the Little League Baseball European Leadership Training Center in Kutno, Poland.

Rotterdam Little League won Pool B with a 4-0 record outscoring its opponents, 27-4. In the crossover quarterfinal game, the Europe Champions posted a 5-1 victory over Flanders West Little League from Flanders, Belgium. They earned a spot in the championship game with an 11-1 decision over Brest Zubrs Little League from Brest, Belarus.

South Moravia Little League, also looking for its first berth in the World Series, went undefeated in winning Pool A before defeating London Area Youth Little League from London, England, 7-1, in the crossover quarterfinal, and Emilia Little League from Emilia, Italy, 20-1, to earn its berth in the championship game.

Rotterdam Little League is the second team from the Netherlands to earn a spot in the World Series. Windmills Apeldoorn Little League from Apeldoorn, Netherlands was the first team to earn a berth in the World Series winning the 2007 Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Tournament.

Rotterdam Little League will be joining four other first-time qualifiers for the Little League Baseball World Series. The four teams that have already qualified are 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.

Rotterdam Little League will play its first game of World Series, Aug. 19, against the Latin America Region Champion, Gran Maracay Little League from Maracay, Venezuela.

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 tomorrow when the champion in the Mexico Region Tournament 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.

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 – Rotterdam Little League (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
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