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New Castle (Ind.) Little League Earns First Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Great Lakes Region Tournament

New Castle (Ind.) Little League Earns First Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Great Lakes Region Tournament

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2012 World Series Media Credentials

2012 World Series Schedule

2012 Great Lakes Tournament



New Castle (Ind.) Little League earned its first berth in the Little League Baseball World Series this afternoon as they came back from a four-run deficit to score a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn a 6-5 victory over Warren County Southern Little League from Bowling Green, Ky. The victory gave New Castle (Ind.) the title of the Great Lakes Region Tournament, which was played at the Reuben F. Glick Little League Center in Indianapolis, Ind.

New Castle Little League opened the scoring with a single tally in the first inning with the run scoring on a wild pitch. The Kentucky State Champion then scored all of its runs in the top of the second inning as Matthew Mitchell had an RBI single to start the scoring and Adam Smiley stroked a two-out, two-run single to center field to close out the scoring in the inning. In between the RBI hits, Warren County Little League scored on a fielder’s choice and a walk that forced in a run.

The Indiana State Champions then closed to within one run with three tallies in the third inning on an RBI double by Mason Gillis and an RBI single by Jarred Porter that were sandwiched around a run that scored on a ground out. They pulled even two innings later as Hunter McCubbins led off the fifth inning with a home run.

That set the stage for the bottom of the sixth inning when New Castle Little League loaded the bases on a single, walk and hit batter with two outs before Gillis delivered the game-winner, a sharp single to left field. Gillis had three hits in the game as New Castle Little League ouhit Warren County Southern Little League, 13-6.

Bryce Pinkard earned the win in relief going the last four innings allowing only two hits and striking out seven.

New Castle Little League, the 15th team from Indiana to earn a World Series berth, defeated top-seed Eau Claire National (Wis.) Little League in the semifinals, 2-1, while Warren County Southern Little League earned its spot in the championship game with a 4-3 victory over Streator (Ill.) Little League.

New Castle Little League joins Aguadulce Cabezera Little League from Aguadulce, Panama, the Latin America Region Champion; Kitasuna Little League from Tokyo, Japan, the Japan Region Tournament Champion; Asia-Pacific Region Champion, Kuei-Shan Little League from Taoyuan County, Chinese Taipei; Pariba Little League from Willemstad, Curacao, the Caribbean Region Champion; Middle East & Africa Champion, Lugazi Little League from Lugazi, Uganda; Mexico Region Champion, Oriente Little League from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico; KMC American Little League from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, the Europe Champion; and McAllister Park National Little League from San Antonio, Texas, in the 16-team Little League Baseball World Series field.

The new Great Lakes Region champion will play its first game in the World Series, Aug. 17, against the Northwest Region Champions.

The 66th Little League Baseball World Series, for 11-12-year-olds, will be played in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 16-26. Sixteen teams from around the world will vie for the coveted title of World Champion.

The World Series will use the same format as last year with the teams split into two eight-team brackets – a U.S. bracket and an International bracket.

The 2012 World Series is the sixth 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. 26 at 3 p.m., and the U.S. and International Championship games the previous day beginning with the International contest at 12:30 p.m. and the U.S. game to follow. For the second year, all 21 World Series games played at Lamade Stadium will air on ESPN 3D.

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 7.

The remaining U.S. regional finals will be televised as follows (all times eastern U.S. time): Southeast Region (Aug. 10, 7 p.m., Warner Robins, Ga., ESPN); New England Region (Aug. 11, 6 p.m., Bristol, Conn., ESPN); Northwest Region (Aug. 11, 4 p.m., San Bernardino, Calif., ESPN); Midwest Region (Aug. 11, 2 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind., ESPN); West Region (Aug. 11, 8 p.m., San Bernardino, Calif., ESPN); and Mid-Atlantic Region (Aug. 12, 5 p.m., Bristol, Conn., ESPN2).

The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided later today when the Southeast Region champion will be determined.

Ocean View Little League from Huntington Beach, Calif., captured the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series Championship scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 2-1 victory over Hamamatsu Minami Little League, the Japan Region Champion.

Follow every pitch of the Little League Baseball World Series on the Little League web site (www.LittleLeague.org).

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with more than 2.4 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.

 

2012 Little League Baseball World Series

International Bracket

Asia-Pacific Region Champion – Kuei-Shan Little League (Taoyuan County, Chinese Taipei); first World Series game - Aug. 16 vs. Europe

Caribbean Region Champion – Pariba Little League (Willemstad, Curacao); first World Series game – Aug. 16 vs. Japan

Japan Region Champion – Kitasuna Little League (Tokyo, Japan); first World Series game – Aug. 16 vs. Caribbean

Latin America Region Champion – Aguadulce Cabezera Little League (Aguadulce, Panama); first World Series game – Aug. 17 vs. Middle East & Africa

Middle East and Africa Region Champion – Lugazi Little League (Lugazi, Uganda); first World Series game – Aug. 17 vs. Latin America

Mexico Region Champion – Oriente Little League (Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico); first World Series game – Aug. 17 vs. Canada

Europe Region Champion – KMC American Little League (Ramstein Air Base, Germany); first World Series game – Aug. 16 vs. Asia-Pacific

Canada Region Champion – determined Aug. 11

 

U.S. Bracket

Southwest Region Champion – McAllister Park National Little League (San Antonio, Texas); first World Series game – Aug. 17 vs. Mid-Atlantic

Great Lakes Region Champion – New Castle Little League (New Castle, Ind.); first World Series game Aug. 17 vs. Northwest

Southeast Region Champion – determined Aug. 10

New England Region Champion – determined Aug. 11

Northwest Region Champion – determined Aug. 11

Midwest Region Champion – determined Aug. 11

West Region Champion – determined Aug. 11

Mid-Atlantic Region Champion – determined Aug. 12