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2009 Little League World Series


The 2009 Little League World Series, was the championship little league baseball game and was held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The 2009 Little League World Series, was held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It began on August 21 and ended on August 30. Eight teams from the United States and eight from throughout the world competed in the 63rd edition of the tournament. In the championship game, the United States champions from Chula Vista, California defeated the international champions from Taoyuan County, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan). This was the first tournament in which a team from Taiwan reached the championship game since 1996, and the first championship for a team from the state of California since 1993.

Groups

Main article: Qualification for the 2009 Little League World Series
Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
New York Staten Island, NY
Mid-Atlantic Region
South Shore National
Massachusetts Peabody, MA
New England Region
Peabody Western
Curaçao Willemstad
Caribbean Region
Pabao
Germany Kaiserslautern
Europe Region
KMC American
Washington (state) Mercer Island, WA
Northwest Region
Mercer Island
California Chula Vista, CA
West Region
Park View
Japan Chiba Prefecture Chiba City
Japan Region
Chiba City
Mexico Reynosa
Mexico Region
Guadalupe Trevino Kelly
Georgia (U.S. state) Warner Robins, GA
Southeast Region
Warner Robins American
Texas San Antonio, TX
Southwest Region
McAllister Park American
Saudi Arabia Dhahran
MEA Region
Arabian American
Canada British Columbia East Vancouver, BC
Canada Region
Hastings Community
Iowa Urbandale, IA
Midwest Region
Urbandale East
Kentucky Russellville, KY
Great Lakes Region
Logan County/Russellville
Venezuela Maracaibo
Latin America Region
Coquivacoa
Chinese Taipei Taoyuan, Taiwan
Asia-Pacific Region
Kuei-Shan

Results

Main article: Results of the 2009 Little League World Series

Pool play

The top two teams in each pool move on to their respective semifinals. The winners of each will meet on August 30 to play for the Little League World Championship. Teams marked in green qualified to the knockout stage, while teams marked in red were eliminated.

Ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. In the event of a three-way tie for first place, the tie is broken by calculating the ratio of runs allowed to defensive innings played for all teams involved in the tie. The team with the lowest runs-per-defensive-inning ratio is ranked first and advances. Second place is determined by the head-to-head result of the other two teams. If the three-way tie is for second place, the runs-per-defensive-inning ratio rule is used. The team with the lowest run ratio advances, the other two teams are eliminated.[1]

United States

Pool A
Rank Region Record Runs Allowed Defensive Innings Run Ratio
1 Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast 3–0 8 18 0.444
2 New York Mid-Atlantic 2–1 11 18 0.611
3 Iowa Midwest 1–2 22 18 1.222
4 Washington (state) Northwest 0–3 18 18 1.000
Pool B
Rank Region Record Runs Allowed Defensive Innings Run Ratio
1 Texas Southwest 3–0 4 16 0.250
2 California West 2–1 6 17 0.353
3 Massachusetts New England 1–2 27 17 1.588
4 Kentucky Great Lakes 0–3 39 13 3.000

All times US EDT.

Pool Away Score Home Score Time (Venue)
August 21
A New York Mid-Atlantic 10 Washington (state) Northwest 2 1:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
A Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast 11 Iowa Midwest 3 5:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
B Massachusetts New England 1 Texas Southwest 10 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 22
A Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast 6 New York Mid-Atlantic 3 3:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
B Kentucky Great Lakes 0 California West 15 (F/5) 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 23
A Washington (state) Northwest 3 Iowa Midwest 5 Noon (Lamade Stadium)
B Kentucky Great Lakes 0 Texas Southwest 12 (F/4) 2:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
B California West 14 Massachusetts New England 0 6:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
August 24
A Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast 3 Washington (state) Northwest 2 4:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
A New York Mid-Atlantic 8 Iowa Midwest 3 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 25
B Kentucky Great Lakes 3 Massachusetts New England 12 4:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
B Texas Southwest 6 California West 3 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)

International

Pool C
Rank Region Record Runs Allowed Defensive Innings Run Ratio
1 Curaçao Caribbean 3–0 15 18 0.833
2 Japan Japan 2–1 18 18 1.000
3 Saudi Arabia MEA 1–2 13 16 0.813
4 Venezuela Latin America 0–3 12 16 0.750
Pool D
Rank Region Record Runs Allowed Defensive Innings Run Ratio
1 Mexico Mexico 3–0 3 17 0.176
2 Chinese Taipei Asia-Pacific 2–1 3 16 0.188
3 Canada Canada 1–2 23 18 1.278
4 Germany Europe 0–3 43 14 3.071

All times US EDT.

Pool Away Score Home Score Time (Venue)
August 21
D Chinese Taipei Asia-Pacific 16 Germany Europe 0 (F/4) 3:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 22
D Canada Canada 1 Mexico Mexico 2 (F/7) 11:00 am (Lamade Stadium)
C Venezuela Latin America 1 Curaçao Caribbean 2 1:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
C Saudi Arabia MEA 2 Japan Japan 5 6:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
August 23
D Canada Canada 0 Chinese Taipei Asia-Pacific 8 3:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
C Japan Japan 11 Curaçao Caribbean 12 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 24
D Mexico Mexico 13 Germany Europe 0 (F/4) Noon (Lamade Stadium)
C Venezuela Latin America 4 Japan Japan 5 2:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
C Saudi Arabia MEA 3 Curaçao Caribbean 5 6:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
August 25
C Venezuela Latin America 3 Saudi Arabia MEA 5 Noon (Lamade Stadium)
D Canada Canada 14 Germany Europe 13 2:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
D Mexico Mexico 3 Chinese Taipei Asia-Pacific 2 6:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)

Elimination round

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
August 26 – 4:00 pm – Lamade        
 C2 Japan Japan  0
August 29 – Noon – Lamade
 D1 Mexico Mexico  6  
 Mexico Mexico  4
August 27 – 4:00 pm – Lamade
   Chinese Taipei Asia-Pacific  9  
 D2 Chinese Taipei Asia-Pacific  5
August 30 – 3:00 pm – Lamade
 C1 Curaçao Caribbean  2  
 Chinese Taipei Asia-Pacific  3
August 26 – 8:00 pm – Lamade
   California West  6
 A2 New York Mid-Atlantic  1
August 29 – 7:00 pm – Lamade (F/4)
 B1 Texas Southwest  4  
 Texas Southwest  2 Third place
August 27 – 8:00 pm – Lamade
   California West  12  
 B2 California West  11  Mexico Mexico  5
 A1 Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast  10    Texas Southwest  4
August 30 – 11:00 am – Volunteer

The United States championship game on August 29 was originally scheduled for 3:00 pm US EDT. After a pair of lengthy rain delays in the international championship game, maintenance required to repair the field for the next game, and to make sure the field was dry enough to play on, it was rescheduled for later that night.

2009 Little League World Series Champions

Park View Little League
Chula Vista, California

Champions Path

The Park View Little League won 18 games and lost 2 games to reach the Little League World Series.[2][3][4] Overall, their record was 23–3. Their three losses came again Sweetwater Valley LL, Torrance LL (both from California), and McAllister Park American LL (from Texas). Park View became the ninth team and most recent from San Diego County to qualify for the Little League World Series as the last one was Vista, California in 2005. They also were the third team from San Diego County in the past nine years to qualify for the Little League World Series.[5] During the West Regional the team hit 34 home runs in total and was accused of cheating. A Little League Official looked into the accused cheating but found no evidence to back up the accusation.[6]

Round Opposition Result
District 42
Winner's Bracket Quarterfinals California Luckie Waller LL 16–0
Winner's Bracket Semifinals California Imperial Beach LL 17–1
Winner's Bracket Finals California Sweetwater Valley LL 8–1
District 42 Championship California Sweetwater Valley LL 7–10
District 42 Championship California Sweetwater Valley LL 8–2
Section 7
Section 7 Group Stage California Brawley LL 8–5
Section 7 Group Stage California Rancho San Diego LL 9–1
Section 7 Group Stage California Lemon Grove LL 5–3
South California Divisional
Winner's Bracket Semifinals California Corona National LL 14–4
Winner's Bracket Finals California Rancho Santa Margarita LL 5–4 (7 inn.)
South Sub-Divisional Championship California Rancho Santa Margarita LL 16–1
South Championship California Torrance LL 0–18 (4 inn.)
South Championship California Torrance LL 7–6
South Championship California Torrance LL 19–12
West Regional
Group Stage Utah Cedar American LL 27–1 (4 inn.)
Group Stage Hawaii Central East Maui LL 15–2 (4 inn.)
Group Stage Arizona Arrowhead LL 20–1 (4 inn.)
Group Stage Nevada Legacy LL 10–5
Semifinals Nevada Legacy LL 15–2 (4 inn.)
West Region Championship California Lakeside LL 11–4

Legacy

The City of Chula Vista organized a celebration parade for the team with the team riding on a fire engine which led them to a rally at Southwestern College. They received a congratulations from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger[7] The team also met President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. and gave him a team jersey, team plaque and the key to the City of Chula Vista.[8] A book was written about the Chula Vista team called The Blue Bombers: The True Story of the 2009 Little League World Champions written by San Diego County Residents.[9] The team also appeared on The Tonight Show hosted by Conan O'Brien.[10] The team was honored at the San Diego Padres and Chargers games.[11][12]

References

External links

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