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Kearney Little League Earns First Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Midwest Region Tournament

Kearney Little League Earns First Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Midwest Region Tournament

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2012 World Series Media Credentials

2012 World Series Schedule

2012 Midwest Tournament



Kearney (Neb.) Little League will be the first team to represent the state of Nebraska in the Little League Baseball World Series after capturing the Midwest Region Tournament in Indianapolis, Ind., today. They beat Canyon Lake Little League from Rapid City, S.D., 10-4 in the championship game played at the Reuben F. Glick Little League Center.

The Nebraska State Champions jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning on a Cole Staab RBI single and a Blake Quintana two-run single. The other run scored on an error.

Canyon Lake Little League, which earned a berth in the 2008 World Series, came back to tie the game scoring three runs in the second inning, Cooper Bowman had a two-run single to key the rally, and a single run in the third inning on a Noah Johnson run-scoring single.

Quintana then gave Kearney Little League the lead for good with a two-run home run to start the third inning. The home run gave him four RBI for the game. Kearney Little League added some insurance runs in the fifth inning scoring four runs on four hits to secure the victory.

Kearney Little League right-hander Thad Huber came on in relief of starter and winner Matt Masker, who had three hits in the game, and shut down Canyon Lake Little League. Huber went the final three innings allowing only one hit while striking out three and not allowing a run.

Kearney Little League earned a spot in the region championship game with a 5-3 win over De Soto (Mo.) Little League in one of the semifinal games. Canyon Lake Little League defeated Robbinsdale (Minn.) Little League, 6-1, in the other semifinal.

Kearney 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; McAllister Park National Little League from San Antonio, Texas, the Southwest Region Champion; Great Lakes Region Champion, New Castle (Ind.) Little League; and Goodlettsville (Tenn.) Baseball Little League, the Southeast Region Champion, in the 16-team Little League Baseball World Series field.

The new Midwest Region champion will play its first game in the World Series, Aug. 16, against the Southeast 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): Northwest Region (Aug. 11, 4 p.m., San Bernardino, Calif., ESPN); New England Region (Aug. 11, 6 p.m., Bristol, Conn., 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 berths in the Little League Baseball World Series to be decided today when five regional champions 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).

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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. MEA

Middle East and Africa (MEA) 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 – Goodlettsville Baseball Little League (Goodlettsville, Tenn.); first World Series game Aug. 16 vs. Midwest

Midwest Region Champion – Kearney Little League (Kearney, Neb.); first World Series game Aug. 16 vs. Southeast

Northwest Region Champion – determined Aug. 11

New England Region Champion – determined Aug. 11

West Region Champion – determined Aug. 11

Mid-Atlantic Region Champion – determined Aug. 12