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Petaluma (Calif.) National Little League Earns First Berth in Little League Baseball World Series as West Region Champions

Petaluma (Calif.) National Little League Earns First Berth in Little League Baseball World Series as West Region Champions

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2012 World Series Media Credentials

2012 World Series Schedule

2012 West Tournament


Petaluma (Calif.) National Little League used two big innings to earn its first berth in the Little League Baseball World Series tonight with a 7-5 victory over Nanakuli Little League from Waianae, Hawaii, in the championship game of the Western Region Tournament. The game was played at the Little League Western Region Headquarters Complex in San Bernardino, Calif.

Nanakuli Little League, looking for its first berth in the World Series, took the early lead on a two-run home run by Jaylen Gonzalez in the opening inning. Petaluma National Little League came back in the bottom half of the first inning to score three runs on a Logan Douglas two-run home run and a Kempton Brandis run-scoring single.

After the Hawaiian Champions regained the lead in the top of the second with a pair of runs, the Northern California Champions took the lead for good with a four-run fourth inning that was keyed by another Brandis RBI single and a Hance Smith single that gave them a 7-4 lead.

Nanakuli Little League scored one run in its last at-bat to close the gap, but could not push across any other runs.

Petaluma National Little League earned its spot in the championship game with a 10-4 win over Cheyenne Little League from North Las Vegas, Nev., in one of the semifinal games. In the other semifinal, Nanakuli Little League posted a 6-5 victory over Rincon Little League from Tucson, Ariz.

Petaluma 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; Hastings Community Little League from Vancouver, British Columbia, the Canada Region Champions; Gresham (Ore.) National Little League, the Northwest Region Champion; and New England Region Champion, Fairfield American Little League, in the 16-team Little League Baseball World Series field.

The new West Region champion will play its first game in the World Series, Aug. 16, against the New England 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 final, the Mid-Atlantic Region, will be televised live tomorrow at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.

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 – Fairfield American Little League (Fairfield, Conn.); first World Series game Aug. 16 vs. West

West Region Champion – Petaluma National Little League (Petaluma, Calif.); first World Series game Aug. 16 vs. New England

Mid-Atlantic Region Champion – determined Aug. 12