2001 Little League World Series
|2001 Little League World Series|
|Champion||Kitasuna Little League
|Runner-up||National Little League
The 2001 Little League World Series took place between August 17 and August 26 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Kitasuna Little League of Tokyo, Japan defeated Apopka National Little League of Apopka, Florida in the championship game of the 55th Little League World Series. This tournament saw the expansion of pool play to 16 teams, eight from the United States, and eight from around the world. Little League Volunteer Stadium was built to accommodate the number of added games that would be played in the pool stage, and it would also host the consolation game.
Following the conclusion of the tournament, Danny Almonte, a pitcher from the team representing the Mid-Atlantic, would be the center of a scandal where it was discovered that Almonte was not eligible to play in the tournament because he was two years over the maximum age limit. Because of this, the Mid-Atlantic team was forced to forfeit every game in the tournament they participated in retroactively.
The 2001 Little League World Series was also the first ever that had a female umpire to call the championship game: Flora Stansbury from Seneca, Missouri. U.S. President George W. Bush, himself a little leaguer as a child, was also in attendance at the championship game.
Nobuhisa Baba's single in the bottom of the sixth drove in the winning run.
Between five and twelve teams take part in 16 regional qualification tournaments, which vary in format depending on region. In the United States, the qualification tournaments are in the same format as the Little League World Series itself: a round-robin tournament followed by an elimination round to determine the regional champion.
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C||Pool D|
| Lincoln, RI
| Bronx, NY
| Santiago de Veraguas
Santiago de Veraguas
| Oceanside, CA
| Bainbridge Island, WA
| Willemstad, Curaçao
| Brownsburg, IN
| Davenport, IA
| Lake Charles, LA
South Lake Charles
| Apopka, FL
The top two teams in each pool moved on to the elimination round.
|Great Lakes||2-0||Gulf States|
|New England||1-5||Great Lakes|
|New England||2-5||Gulf States|
|2001 Little League World Series Champions|
Kitasuna Little League
The Kitasuna LL reached the LLWS with an undefeated record of four wins and no losses. In total, their record was 9-1, their only loss coming in the LLWS qualifying round against Santiago de Veraguas LL of Panama.
|Opening Round||Ryuugasaki LL||11-4|
|Japan Championship||Nagoya Kita LL||5-4|
- Danny Almonte
- Francisco Peña (Bronx, New York) Catcher for Danny Almonte. Son of Tony Peña
- Ruben Tejada (Santiago de Veraguas, Panama) New York Mets Outfielder
- "Japan Tournament Results". Unpage.com. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
- † Game ended by "mercy rule" (at least 10-run difference through 5 innings)