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2011 Little League World Series

2011 Little League World Series
Dates August 18–
August 28
Teams participating 16
Champion Ocean View Little League
Huntington Beach, California
Runner-up Hamamatsu Minami Little League
Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka, Japan

The 2011 Little League World Series took place in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania between August 18 and 28.[1] Eight teams from the United States and eight from throughout the world competed in the 65th edition of this tournament. Ocean View Little League of Huntington Beach, California defeated Hamamatsu Minami Little League of Hamamatsu City, Japan 2–1 in the World Championship game. Nick Pratto hit an RBI single to clinch the title for Ocean View.

Contents

  • Tournament changes 1
  • Teams 2
  • Results 3
    • United States bracket 3.1
    • International bracket 3.2
    • Crossover games 3.3
    • World Championship 3.4
  • Middle East-Africa qualification 4
  • Champions Path 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Tournament changes

On June 16, 2011, Little League announced that it was modifying the double-elimination format that was first used in the previous year's tournament. The format of four pools consisting of four teams in each pool, a format that had been used since the tournament expanded to 16 teams in 2001, was eliminated. Instead, the eight teams from the United States were placed into one bracket, and the eight International teams into another bracket. The tournament remained double-elimination until the United States and International championship games, where it became single-elimination.[2]

Little League International renewed deals with uniform suppliers Russell Athletic and New Era Caps. As part of the deal, regions had new color schemes this year.[3][4]

Teams

United States International
La Grange, Kentucky
Great Lakes Region
North Oldham
Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
Asia-Pacific Region
Ching-Tang
Clinton County, Pennsylvania
Mid-Atlantic Region
Keystone
Langley, British Columbia
Canada Region
Langley
Rapid City, South Dakota
Midwest Region
Harney
Oranjestad, Aruba
Caribbean Region
Aruba North
Cumberland, Rhode Island
New England Region
Cumberland American
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Europe Region
Rotterdam
Billings, Montana
Northwest Region
Big Sky
Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka, Japan
Japan Region
Hamamatsu Minami
Georgia
Southeast Region
Warner Robins American
Maracay, Venezuela
Latin America Region
Gran Maracay
Lafayette, Louisiana
Southwest Region
Lafayette
Mexicali, Baja California
Mexico Region
Seguro Social
Huntington Beach, California
West Region
Ocean View
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia[a]
Middle East-Africa Region
Arabian American

Of the 16 teams, 11 made their first LLWS appearance. Most notable among these is the Keystone Little League, based less than 30 miles (48 km) from Little League headquarters. The last LLWS to feature a team from the immediate Williamsport area was the 1969 edition.[5]

Results

United States bracket

  Round 1     Round 2     Round 3     U.S. Semifinal     U.S. Championship
                                               
  Winner's Bracket
    Northwest 6  
    Midwest 4    
      1–0   Northwest 3  
      1–0   Southwest 1    
   Southeast 0          
    Southwest 2        
      2–0   Northwest (F/7) 1            
      2–0   West 0              
    New England 0              
    West 11                
      1–0   West (F/4) 10          
      1–0   Great Lakes 0        
    Great Lakes 1          
    Mid-Atlantic 0         3–0   Northwest 2
      3–1   West 11
  Loser's Bracket      
  0–1   Midwest 3        
  0–1   Southeast 6     1–1   Southeast 8        
    1–1   Great Lakes (F/9) 5          
      2–1   Southeast 5        
  0–1   New England 0         2–1   Mid-Atlantic 7     2–1   West 2    
  0–1   Mid-Atlantic 2     1–1   Southwest 0         3–1   Mid-Atlantic 0  
    1–1   Mid-Atlantic (F/4) 10  

International bracket

  Round 1     Round 2     Round 3     International Semifinal     International Championship
                                               
  Winner's Bracket
    Asia-Pacific 0  
    Mexico 3    
      1–0   Mexico (F/7) 3  
      1–0   Japan 2    
    Caribbean 1          
    Japan (F/4) 12        
      2–0   Mexico (F/9) 2            
      2–0   Latin America 1              
    MEA 5              
    Canada 6                
      1–0   Canada 0          
      1–0   Latin America 8        
    Europe 1          
    Latin America 6         3–0   Mexico 2
      4–1   Japan 5
  Loser's Bracket      
  0–1   Asia-Pacific (F/4) 20        
  0–1   Caribbean 3     1–1   Canada 5        
    1–1   Asia-Pacific 3          
      2–1   Canada 0        
  0–1   MEA 4         2–1   Japan 4     2–1   Latin America 6    
  0–1   Europe 2     1–1   Japan 13         3–1   Japan 9  
    1–1   MEA 4  

Crossover games

Teams that lost their first two games got to play a crossover game against a team from the other side of the bracket that also lost its first two games. These game were labeled Game A and Game B.
Game A
   
August 22 – Lamade Stadium
  Caribbean  5
  Midwest  0
Game B
   
August 23 – Lamade Stadium
  Europe  7
  New England  8

World Championship

Little League World Championship
   
August 28 – Lamade Stadium
  West  2
  Japan  1
2011 Little League World Series Champions
United States California
Ocean View Little League
Huntington Beach, California

The consolation game was cancelled due to the expected arrival of Hurricane Irene.[6]

Middle East-Africa qualification

Kampala, Uganda defeated Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in the Middle East-Africa Region Final but the Ugandan team was denied visas by the State Department.[7] Reportedly, the visas were denied because some players provided false information, specifically related to their ages.[8][9] The runner-up, Saudi Arabia, was invited to the Little League World Series in their spot.[10]

Champions Path

The Ocean View Little League won 20 games and lost 1 game to reach the Little League World Series. Overall, their record was 25–2. Their two losses came against Rancho Mission Viejo LL (from California),[11] and Billings Big Sky LL (from Montana).[12]
Round Opposition Result
District 62
Winner's Bracket Quarterfinals Costa Mesa National LL 6-0
Winner's Bracket Semifinals Costa Mesa American LL 19-0
Winner's Bracket Final Huntington Valley LL 7-1
District 62 Championship Huntington Valley LL 13-3
Section 10
Game 1 Aliso Viejo LL 5–4
Game 2 Rancho Mission Viejo LL 2–1
Game 3 Rancho Mission Viejo LL 5–6 (8 inn.)
Section 10 Championship Rancho Mission Viejo LL 3–1
South California Divisional
Winner's Bracket Semifinals Fontana Community LL 13-2 (4 inn.)
Winner's Bracket Finals Canyon Springs LL 5–1
South Sub-Divisional Championship Park View LL 5–4
South Championship Encino LL 12–1 (4 inn.)
South Championship Encino LL 11–1
West Regional
Group Stage Red Bluff LL 10–2
Group Stage Central East Maui LL 3–0
Group Stage Rio Rico LL 10–0 (4 inn.)
Group Stage Silverado LL 11–3
Semifinals Washington LL 5–0
West Region Championship Red Bluff LL 2–1

Notes

  • a Qualified via invitation by Little League.

References

  1. ^ Communications Division (November 12, 2010). "Dates and Sites for 2011 Little League World Series Tournaments Announced". Littleleagueonline.org. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ Communications Division (June 16, 2011). "2011 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule Announced". Little League. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ Russell Athletic Renews Agreement with Little League Baseball and Softball
  4. ^ Little League Baseball and Softball Extends Partnership with New Era Cap
  5. ^ "Keystone Little League Earns Berth in Little League Baseball World Series as Mid-Atlantic Region Champion" (Press release). Little League Baseball. August 15, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ Communications Division (August 26, 2011). "Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game Moved Up to Noon on Sunday". Little League. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ Communications Division (July 22, 2011). "Visa Applications Denied for Little League Team from Uganda". Little League. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Uganda investigating age of youth baseball team denied US visas for Little League".   Dead link as of August 15, 2011
  9. ^ Zinser, Lynn (July 29, 2011). "No Little League World Series for Ugandan Team".  
  10. ^ Communications Division. "Arabian-American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to Receive Berth in Little League Baseball World Series". Little League. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Southern California Divisional Tournament". Unpage.com. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  12. ^ "West Region Tournament". Unpage.com. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 

External links

  • Official site
  • Tournament bracket
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