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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2012 > May-August > Gresham (Ore.) National Little League Earns First Berth in Little League Baseball World Series as Northwest Region Champions

Gresham (Ore.) National Little League Earns First Berth in Little League Baseball World Series as Northwest Region Champions

Gresham (Ore.) National Little League Earns First Berth in Little League Baseball World Series as Northwest Region Champions

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2012 World Series Media Credentials

2012 World Series Schedule

2012 Northwest Tournament



Gresham (Ore.) National Little League earned its first berth in the Little League Baseball World Series today by scoring multiple runs in the each of the first three innings of the championship game of the Northwest Region Tournament before going on to an 8-4 victory over Post Falls (Idaho) Little League. The tournament was played at the Little League Western Region Headquarters Complex in San Bernardino, Calif.

The Oregon State Champions scored all the runs they would need in the first two innings, starting the game with three runs in both frames. They scored on a fielder’s choice, passed ball and ground out in the first inning, and in the second inning, two runs crossed the plate on an error and the other run scored on a sacrifice fly. Brett Falkner had a two-run double in third inning to give Gresham National Little League an 8-1 lead at that point.

Post Falls Little League, looking to become only the second team from Idaho to earn a World Series berth, scored three runs in the fifth inning to cut into the deficit, but Falkner relieved starter and winner Hunter Hemenway in the fifth and recorded the last two outs before retiring the side in the sixth on a pair of strike outs and a ground ball.

Gresham National Little League earned its spot in the championship game with a 6-2 win over top-seed Mercer Island (Wash.) Little League in one semifinal game. The Idaho State Champions earned the other spot in the final game after posting a 3-2 win over Boulder Arrowhead Little League from Billings, Mont.

Gresham National 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; Kearney (Neb.) Little League, the Midwest Region Champion; and Hastings Community Little League from Vancouver, British Columbia, the Canada Region Champions, in the 16-team Little League Baseball World Series field.

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

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): 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 two berths in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided later today.

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. 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 – Hastings Community Little League (Vancouver, British Columbia); first World Series game – Aug. 17 vs. Mexico

 

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 – Gresham National Little League (Gresham, Ore.); first World Series game Aug. 17 vs. Great Lakes

New England Region Champion – determined Aug. 11

West Region Champion – determined Aug. 11

Mid-Atlantic Region Champion – determined Aug. 12