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Kitasuna Little League from Tokyo Earns Little League Baseball World Series Berth as Japan Region Tournament Champion

Kitasuna Little League from Tokyo Earns Little League Baseball World Series Berth as Japan Region Tournament Champion

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2012 World Series Media Credentials

2012 World Series Schedule

2012 Japan Tournament





Kitasuna Little League from Tokyo, Japan, earned one of the 16 spots in the 2012 Little League Baseball World Series Saturday after capturing the Japan Region Tournament. The single-elimination tournament was played in Tokyo over the last three weekends.

Kitasuna Little League earned its berth in the World Series with an 11-0 victory over Matsusaka Little League from Matsusaka City, Japan, in the championship game. The Japan Region Champions scored 10 runs in the first inning on its way to the four-inning victory.

Kitasuna Little League also raced out to an early lead in its semifinal victory over Funabashi Little League from Funabashi City, Japan, on Saturday, scoring 12 runs in the first inning on its way to a 14-4 victory in four innings. Matsusaka Little League posted a 20-10 victory over Sendai Higashi Little League from Sendai City, Japan, the 2002 World Series runner-up, to earn its berth in the championship game.

The new region champion had its closest game in the tournament in its first game, an 8-2 victory over Ueda Minami Little League from Ueda City, Japan. Kitasuna Little League won its other game in the tournament by a 10-0 score.

This will be Kitasuna Little League’s third trip to the World Series where they have a history of success. In the league’s first trip to Williamsport in 2001, it won the World Championship with a 2-1 win over National Little League from Apopka, Fla. In its return trip in 2007, Kitasuna Little League lost to Warner Robins (Ga.) American Little League in the championship game, 3-2.

Teams from Japan have won the Little League Baseball World Series seven times. In seven of the last 10 years, a team from Japan has been in the World Championship game.

Kitasuna Little League joins Asia-Pacific Region Champion, Kuei-Shan Little League from Taoyuan County, Chinese Taipei, and Pariba Little League from Willemstad, Curacao, the Caribbean Region Champion, in the Little League Baseball World Series field.

Kitasuna Little League will play its first World Series game, Aug. 16, against Pariba Little League, the Caribbean champion, at 1p.m. in the first game of the World Series.

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 begins August 7. 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.

A new addition this year to the television schedule will feature the televising of all pool play games of the Southwestern Region Little League Baseball Tournament in Waco, Texas, by the Longhorn Network, part of the ESPN family, Aug. 3-6.

The U.S. regional finals will be televised as follows (all times eastern U.S. time): Southwestern Region (Aug. 9, 9 p.m., Waco, Texas, ESPN2); Southeast Region (Aug. 10, 7 p.m., Warner Robins, Ga., ESPN); Great Lakes Region (Aug. 10, 1 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind., 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 today when the champion in the Latin America Region Tournament 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 step 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 – determined July 15

Middle East and Africa Region Champion – determined July 16

Mexico Region Champion – determined July 27

Europe Region Champion – determined July 29

Canada Region Champion – determined Aug. 11

 

U.S. Bracket

Southwest Region Champion – determined Aug. 9

Southeast Region Champion – determined Aug. 10

Great Lakes 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