2011 Little League World Series

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

Tournament changes[edit]

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[edit]

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

United States bracket[edit]

  Round 1     Round 2     Round 3     U.S. Semifinal     U.S. Championship
                                               
  Winner's Bracket
   Montana Northwest 6  
   South Dakota Midwest 4    
      1–0  Montana Northwest 3  
      1–0  Louisiana Southwest 1    
   Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast 0          
   Louisiana Southwest 2        
      2–0  Montana Northwest (F/7) 1            
      2–0  California West 0              
   Rhode Island New England 0              
   California West 11                
      1–0  California West (F/4) 10          
      1–0  Kentucky Great Lakes 0        
   Kentucky Great Lakes 1          
   Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic 0         3–0  Montana Northwest 2
      3–1  California West 11
  Loser's Bracket      
  0–1  South Dakota Midwest 3        
  0–1  Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast 6     1–1  Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast 8        
    1–1  Kentucky Great Lakes (F/9) 5          
      2–1  Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast 5        
  0–1  Rhode Island New England 0         2–1  Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic 7     2–1  California West 2    
  0–1  Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic 2     1–1  Louisiana Southwest 0         3–1  Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic 0  
    1–1  Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic (F/4) 10  

International bracket[edit]

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

Crossover games[edit]

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
 Aruba Caribbean  5
 United StatesSouth Dakota Midwest  0
Game B
   
August 23 – Lamade Stadium
 Netherlands Europe  7
 United StatesRhode Island New England  8

World Championship[edit]

Little League World Championship
   
August 28 – Lamade Stadium
 United StatesCalifornia West  2
 Japan 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[edit]

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[edit]

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 California Costa Mesa National LL 6-0
Winner's Bracket Semifinals California Costa Mesa American LL 19-0
Winner's Bracket Final California Huntington Valley LL 7-1
District 62 Championship California Huntington Valley LL 13-3
Section 10
Game 1 California Aliso Viejo LL 5–4
Game 2 California Rancho Mission Viejo LL 2–1
Game 3 California Rancho Mission Viejo LL 5–6 (8 inn.)
Section 10 Championship California Rancho Mission Viejo LL 3–1
South California Divisional
Winner's Bracket Semifinals California Fontana Community LL 13-2 (4 inn.)
Winner's Bracket Finals California Canyon Springs LL 5–1
South Sub-Divisional Championship California Park View LL 5–4
South Championship California Encino LL 12–1 (4 inn.)
South Championship California Encino LL 11–1
West Regional
Group Stage California Red Bluff LL 10–2
Group Stage Hawaii Central East Maui LL 3–0
Group Stage Arizona Rio Rico LL 10–0 (4 inn.)
Group Stage Nevada Silverado LL 11–3
Semifinals Utah Washington LL 5–0
West Region Championship California Red Bluff LL 2–1

Notes[edit]

  • a Qualified via invitation by Little League.

References[edit]

  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". Associated Press. The Washington Post. July 30, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011.  Dead link as of August 15, 2011
  9. ^ Zinser, Lynn (July 29, 2011). "No Little League World Series for Ugandan Team". The New York Times. Retrieved July 31, 2011. 
  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. 

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