2012 Little League Baseball World Series
Williamsport, Pennsylvania - August 16 - 26

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Midwest Regional Championship

Nebraska Earns First Ever Berth to Little League World Series


Author: Samantha Ciccocioppo

Source: South Williamsport, Pa.

Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, 2:00pm ET

Kearney, Neb., Little League looked to become the first Nebraska team to make an appearance at the Little League World Series while Canyon Lake, S.D., Little League sought to be the second consecutive team from its state to appear.

In the end, it was Kearney, Neb., Little League that made history, defeating South Dakota, 10-4, thanks to its offense to win the Midwest Regional championship on Saturday afternoon and earn the fourth United States berth for the 2012 Little League World Series this upcoming week in South Williamsport.

Nebraska took an early lead in the first inning thanks to Blake Quintana, who had a bases-clearing hit to put Nebraska up, 3-0. Quintana then scored later in the inning to make it a 4-0 game.

South Dakota responded with a rally of its own in the second inning. After a run scored, pitcher Cooper Bowman came through with a hit to drive in two more runs, making it just a 1-run deficit, 4-3.

South Dakota tied it up it the top of the third inning.

Quintana came through for Nebraska again in the bottom of the third thanks to 2-run home run to out Nebraska ahead for good. In the fifth inning Nebraska built on their lead when Brett Kaiser hit an RBI single, putting Nebraska ahead, 7-4.

Jordan Wegner then hit a line drive single adding another run with the bases loaded and only one out. A walk and wild pitch brought in the next two runs.

Nebraska joins Goodlettsville, Tennessee (Southeast), New Castle, Ind. (Great Lakes), and San Antonio, Texas (Southwest) as the United States representatives so far.

The Little League World Series begins on Thursday, Aug. 16.