2007 Little League World Series

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2007 Little League World Series
Dates August 17–
August 26
Teams participating 16
Champion Warner Robins American Little League
United StatesGeorgia (U.S. state) Warner Robins, Georgia
Runner-up Tokyo Kitasuna Little League
Japan Tokyo, Japan
Warner Robins, Georgia Little League team, champions of the 2007 Little League World Series.

The 2007 Little League World Series was a baseball tournament held August 17 through August 26 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Eight teams from the United States and eight from throughout the world competed to decide the winner of the 61st installment of the Little League World Series. It was televised on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC. On August 26, 2007 the USA champion from Warner Robins, Georgia defeated the international champion from Tokyo, Japan 3–2 in 8 innings (Little League regulation games are 6 innings) on a walk-off home run by Dalton Carriker to win the 2007 Little League World Series. This was the second straight year a team from Georgia won the championship after a team from Columbus, Georgia won in 2006.

The series was marked by dramatic finishes. The championship final was the third elimination game in this year's edition to end with a walk-off homer. In the international bracket, one of the semifinals ended with the team from Willemstad, Curaçao defeating the team from Maracaibo, Venezuela on a 3-run, come-from-behind walk-off shot in the 7th inning. The Curaçao team would be the victim of a come-from-behind walk-off grand slam in the international final two days later.

Games were held in the two stadiums located at Little League headquarters in South Williamsport:

  • Howard J. Lamade Stadium — the main stadium, opened in 1959, with seating for 10,000 in the stands and hillside terrace seating for up to 30,000 more
  • Little League Volunteer Stadium — a newer facility, opened in 2001, that seats slightly over 5,000, primarily in the stands

Groups[edit]

Between five and sixteen teams competed in regional tournaments to progress to the Little League World Series, which varied from straight-knockout competitions (Japan) to the group/elimination format used in the United States. 2007 was the first year that Japan received its own regional playoff, with the Asia (Japan's former home) and Pacific regions merging to create the new Asia-Pacific group.

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
Massachusetts Walpole, MA
New England Region
Walpole American
Maryland Salisbury, MD
Mid-Atlantic Region
West Salisbury
Curaçao Willemstad
Caribbean Region
Pabao
Mexico Mexicali
Mexico Region
Seguro Social
Oregon Lake Oswego, OR
Northwest Region
Lake Oswego
Arizona Chandler, AZ
West Region
Chandler National
Japan Tokyo Tokyo
Japan Region
Tokyo Kitasuna
Chinese Taipei Taichung, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
Asia-Pacific Region
Li-Shing
Georgia (U.S. state) Warner Robins, GA
Southeast Region
Warner Robins American
Texas Lubbock, TX
Southwest Region
Lubbock Western
Canada British Columbia Surrey, BC
Canada Region
White Rock/South Surrey
Netherlands Apeldoorn
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region
Windmills
Ohio Hamilton, OH
Great Lakes Region
West Side
Minnesota Coon Rapids, MN
Midwest Region
Coon Rapids National
Saudi Arabia Dhahran
Transatlantic Region
Arabian American
Venezuela Maracaibo
Latin America Region
La Victoria

Results[edit]

Pool play[edit]

The top two teams in each pool move on to their respective semifinals. The winners of each met on August 26 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 2nd place, the runs-per-defensive-inning ratio rule is used. The team with the lowest run ratio advances, the other two teams are eliminated.

 United States[edit]

Pool A
Rank Region Record Runs Allowed Run Ratio
1 Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast 2–1 15 0.882
2 Oregon Northwest 2–1 10 0.588
3 Massachusetts New England 1–2 11 0.647
4 Ohio Great Lakes 1–2 11 0.647
Pool B
Rank Region Record Runs Allowed Run Ratio
1 Texas Southwest 2–0 1 0.083
2 Arizona West 2–1 13 0.722
3 Minnesota Midwest 1–2 18 1.000
4 Maryland Mid-Atlantic 0–2 20 1.667

All times US EDT

Pool Away Score Home Score Time (Venue)
August 17
A Ohio Great Lakes 2 Massachusetts New England 3 2:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
A Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast 9 Oregon Northwest 4 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 18
B Maryland Mid-Atlantic 6 Arizona West 16 3:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
B Texas Southwest 6 Minnesota Midwest 0 6:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
A Ohio Great Lakes 10 Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast 2 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 19
B Arizona West 1 Texas Southwest 5 Noon (Volunteer Stadium)
A Oregon Northwest 1 Massachusetts New England 0 3:30 pm (Lamade Stadium)
B Maryland Mid-Atlantic 3 Minnesota Midwest 4 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 21
A Ohio Great Lakes 1 Oregon Northwest 6 3:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 22
A Massachusetts New England 1 Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast 8 11:00 am (Volunteer Stadium)[1]
B Arizona West 9 Minnesota Midwest 2 4:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
B Texas Southwest Maryland Mid-Atlantic Canceled[2]

International[edit]

Pool C
Rank Region Record Runs Allowed Run Ratio
1 Japan Japan 2–0 4 0.333
2 Curaçao Caribbean 2–1 12 0.667
3 Canada Canada 1–2 18 1.059
4 Saudi Arabia Transatlantic 0–2 15 1.500
Pool D
Rank Region Record Runs Allowed Run Ratio
1 Venezuela Latin America 3–0 4 0.222
2 Chinese Taipei Asia-Pacific 2–1 5 0.300
3 Mexico Mexico 1–2 16 1.000
4 Netherlands EMEA 0–3 43 3.909

All times US EDT

Pool Team 1 Score Team 2 Score Time (Venue)
August 17
C Curaçao Caribbean 3 Japan Japan 10 4:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
D Venezuela Latin America 2 Chinese Taipei Asia-Pacific 1 6:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
August 18
C Saudi Arabia Transatlantic 5 Canada Canada' 13 11:00 am (Lamade Stadium)
D Mexico Mexico 11 (F/4) Netherlands EMEA 1 1:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 19
D Netherlands EMEA 1 Chinese Taipei Asia-Pacific 11 (F/5) 4:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
C Saudi Arabia Transatlantic 0 Curaçao Caribbean 2 7:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
August 21
C Canada Canada 1 Japan Japan 7 1:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
D Netherlands EMEA 2 Venezuela Latin America 21 (F/4) 4:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
August 22
D Chinese Taipei Asia-Pacific 4 Mexico Mexico 2 Noon (Lamade Stadium)
C Curaçao Caribbean 6 Canada Canada 2 2:00 pm* (Volunteer Stadium)
C Japan Japan Saudi Arabia Transatlantic Canceled[2]
D Venezuela Latin America 11 Mexico Mexico 1 7:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)

Elimination round[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
August 23 – Noon - Volunteer (F/7)        
 Venezuela Latin America  2
August 25 – 12:30 pm - Lamade
 Curaçao Caribbean  4  
 Curaçao Caribbean  4
August 23 – 5:00 pm - Volunteer (F/10)
   Japan Japan  7  
 Japan Japan  4
August 26 – 3:30 pm - Lamade (F/8)
 Chinese Taipei Asia-Pacific  3  
 Japan Japan  2
August 23 – 3:00 pm - Lamade
   United StatesGeorgia (U.S. state) Southeast  3
 Texas Southwest  8
August 25 – 3:30 pm - Lamade
 Oregon Northwest  2  
 Texas South West  2 Third place
August 23 – 7:30 pm - Lamade (F/5)
   Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast  5  
 Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast  16  Curaçao Caribbean  0
 Arizona West  6    United StatesTexas Southwest  1
August 26 – Noon - Volunteer
2007 Little League World Series Champions
United States Georgia
Warner Robins American Little League
Warner Robins, Georgia

Television coverage[edit]

For the first time, all 32 games of the tournament, from the opening pitch to the final out, were scheduled for a live telecast in the United States. All but one of the broadcasts were to be on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC. (The remaining game, the August 19 Pabao vs. Arabian-American game, was to be shown online on ESPN360, then shown the next day on ESPN2, but the rebroadcast on ESPN2 was canceled and replaced by live coverage of the rain-delayed NASCAR 3M Performance 400, and part of the game was shown live on ESPN due to a rain delay in the scheduled St. Louis Cardinals-Chicago Cubs game). ABC was to have its most comprehensive coverage ever, with games on both weekend days in the preliminary rounds, as well as both semifinals and the championship game for a total of five games. ESPN had 15 games scheduled for broadcast, while ESPN2 had 11. A number of games (yet to be announced) were to be shown in high-definition.[1]

The expanded coverage was part of a new eight-year contract between ESPN, Inc. and the Little League organization that started with this series.

No international broadcast plans were available, but possible outlets included ESPN International and TSN (Canada).

Although the Western region champion came from the Phoenix media market, its local affiliate, KNXV, did not show Chandler's first round-robin game on August 18. Instead, ESPN interrupted its normal feed on Cox Communications and other local cable providers to air the game live in that area. KNXV was then to show the game on tape delay at 4:30 p.m. local time.[2] Similarly, the game was also not seen on KTRK-TV in Houston, ironically an owned and operated station. Both KTRK and KNXV instead showed the National Football League preseason game between the Houston Texans and the Arizona Cardinals.

Rules change[edit]

  • The 2007 Series was the first to feature a new rule limiting a pitcher to 85 pitches a game and extending rest periods. Little League Baseball hoped that the rule would diminish stress put on pitchers' arms.[3] The rest requirements are as follows:[4]
    • 85 pitches1 - Maximum allowed for a single game
    • 61 or more pitches - Three calendar days of rest.
    • 41–60 pitches - Two calendar days of rest.
    • 21–40 pitches - One calendar day of rest.
    • 20 pitches or fewer - No rest required.

1 If a pitcher reaches the limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until that batter reaches base or is out.

Noteworthy events[edit]

Play of the Series[edit]

The first game of the 2007 Little League World Series featured Walpole, Massachusetts going up against Hamilton, Ohio. The Hamiton struck first, scoring a run in the third inning. The score remained 1-0 until the sixth, when the Walpole team struck back, scoring 3 runs. Going into the bottom of the sixth inning the score was 3-1 in favor of Walpole. Hamiton responded by scoring a run. With two outs and a man on John Cornett stepped up to the plate. He got hold of a pitch and took it to center field. It looked like a sure walk-off home run, but Michael Rando was right there. He jumped, his back to the wall, and robbed the home run to give Walpole the win.

Notable sportsmanship[edit]

The walk off home run by Dalton Carriker that won Warner Robins the LLWS was followed by the team coming over to embrace and comfort the losing Tokyo team. This event was given considerable press coverage[5][6] and was considered a breath of fresh air in a summer that saw the spotlight focused on the misdoings of Michael Vick and Barry Bonds.[7]

Measles outbreak[edit]

One of the players on the runner-up Tokyo Kitasuna team was reported to have contracted measles before coming to Williamsport. The player, whose identity was not made public, contracted the virus from a sibling back in Japan in late July and was infectious while traveling. As a result, six people across three states were infected. The boy directly infected four people: a friend from Japan, an airport officer in Detroit, a woman who sat near the boy on the flight from Detroit to Baltimore, and a sales representative in Pennsylvania. The man subsequently infected two Houston-area college students.[8]

Coon Rapids handshake incident[edit]

Two players on the Coon Rapids, Minnesota club reportedly spit on their hands following their elimination from the tournament during pool play. Upon hearing of the incident, which took place as they got ready to shake hands with the victorious Chandler, Arizona club and was televised throughout the US on ESPN, manager Mark Lowe apologized for the incident.[9]

Champions Path[edit]

The Warner Robins American LL went undefeated on their road to the LLWS, winning all twelve of their games.[10][11] In total record was 17–1, their only loss coming against Hamilton West Side LL (from Ohio).

Round Opposition Result
Georgia State Tournament
Group Stage Georgia (U.S. state) Cedartown LL 10–0
Group Stage Georgia (U.S. state) Decatur Belvedere LL 7–3
Group Stage Georgia (U.S. state) Elbert County LL 17–6
Group Stage Georgia (U.S. state) Toccoa National LL 22–4
Semifinals Georgia (U.S. state) Oconee County American LL 9–2 (4 inn.)
Championship Georgia (U.S. state) Buckhead Piedmont 6–3
Southeast Regional
Group Stage Alabama Mobile Westside LL 6–5
Group Stage South Carolina Wren LL 6–0
Group Stage Tennessee Tullahoma American LL 5–1
Semifinals Virginia SYA East LL 3–2
Southeast Region Championship Alabama Mobile Westside LL 10–9

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ The Southeast vs. New England game started at 6:00 pm EDT on August 21, and was suspended due to rain with two outs in the top of the 2nd inning with Southeast leading 2–0. The game was resumed at 11:00 am on August 22.
  2. ^ a b Due to rain, two games that would have had no effect on pool standings were canceled in order to allow other games to be played: Southwest vs. Mid-Atlantic in Pool B and Japan vs. Transatlantic in Pool C. However, the games counted in determining pitching eligibility.
  3. ^ Armas, Genaro C (2007-08-12). "World Series Arms Race on Hold". New York Daily News. p. 58. 
  4. ^ New pitch-count rules have changed Series strategy
  5. ^ Little Leaguers find spotlight brings demands, responsibilities
  6. ^ FOX Sports on MSN - MLB
  7. ^ Deseret News | Little kids made it a moving moment
  8. ^ "Multistate Measles Outbreak Associated with an International Youth Sporting Event --- Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Texas, August--September 2007" Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. February 22, 2008 / 57(07);169-173
  9. ^ "MN Little League Club: Sorry For Spitting Players". WCCO-TV. 2007-08-25. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  10. ^ "Georgia State Tournament Results". Unpage.com. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Southeastern Region Tournament". Unpage.com. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 

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