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Russian Team Earns Berth In Little League Baseball World Series

KUTNO, Poland (July 13, 2002) – A Russian team is the first to earn a berth in the 2002 Little League Baseball World Series.

The Khovrino Little League of Moscow defeated CSS Electro Botosani Little League of Botosani, Romania 1-0 today in the championship game of the Europe Region Tournament at Ed Piszek Stadium here, site of the Little League European Leadership Training Center. Pitcher Kirill Chermoshentsev went the distance for Khovrino Little League, giving him 11 shutout innings for the tournament.

The Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds will be played in Williamsport Aug. 16-25. Sixteen teams from around the world will take part, and Russia’s first game will be played Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. against the Asia champion. The Moscow team, which also won the European title last year, finished the 2002 Europe Region Tournament undefeated in nine games, outscoring its opponents 82-13. Other teams in the tournament were from Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Lithuania, and Georgia.

ABC will televise the Little League Baseball World Series U.S. championship game on Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The world championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series can be seen live on ABC at 6:30 p.m., on Aug. 25. Eleven World Series games will be televised on ESPN and seven games will be televised on ESPN2, bringing the total televised games to a record 20.

The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided July 29 when the Mexico Region final is played in Monterrey, Mexico. The other six non-U.S. region finals are: Latin America (Managua, Nicaragua, Aug. 4); Caribbean (St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Aug. 4); Asia (Manila, Philippines, Aug. 4); Pacific (Manila, Philippines, Aug. 4); Transatlantic (Kutno, Poland, Aug. 10); and Canada (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 11).

The U.S. region finals, all of which will be televised live on ESPN2, are: Southeast (St. Petersburg, Fla., Aug. 10, 6 p.m.); Great Lakes (Indianapolis, Aug. 10, 8 p.m.); Midwest (Indianapolis, Aug. 11, 6 p.m.); Southwest (Waco, Texas, Aug. 11, 8 p.m.); New England (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 12, 8 p.m.); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Aug. 12, 10 p.m.); Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 13, 8 p.m.), and West (San Bernardino, Calif., Aug. 13, 10 p.m.). All times are Eastern U.S. time.

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