2001 Little League World Series

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2001 Little League World Series
Dates August 17–
August 26
Teams participating 16
Champion Kitasuna Little League
Japan Tokyo, Japan
Runner-up National Little League
United StatesFlorida Apopka, Florida

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.


Qualification[edit]

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
Rhode Island Lincoln, RI
New England
Lincoln
New York (state) Bronx, NY
Mid-Atlantic
Bronx
Panama Santiago de Veraguas
Latin America
Santiago de Veraguas
Guam Hagåtña
Pacific
Guam
California Oceanside, CA
West
American
Washington (state) Bainbridge Island, WA
Northwest
Bainbridge Island
CuraçaoNetherlands Antilles Willemstad, Curaçao
Caribbean
Pariba
CanadaAlberta Calgary
Canada
West
Indiana Brownsburg, IN
Great Lakes
Brownsburg
Iowa Davenport, IA
Midwest
East
Saudi Arabia Dhahran
Transatlantic
Arabian-American
Russia Moscow
Europe
Khovrino
Louisiana Lake Charles, LA
Gulf States
South Lake Charles
Florida Apopka, FL
Southeast
National
Japan Tokyo
Asia
Kitasuna
Mexico Matamoros
Mexico
Matamoros

Pool play[edit]

The top two teams in each pool moved on to the elimination round.

Pool A
Region Record
Great Lakes 3-0
West 2-1
Gulf States 1-2
New England 0-3
Pool B
Region Record
Southeast 2-1
Northwest 1-2
Midwest 0-3
Mid-Atlantic DSQ

August 17

New England 0-8 West
Great Lakes 2-0 Gulf States

August 18

Mid-Atlantic 0-6 Southeast
Northwest 4-3 Midwest
New England 1-5 Great Lakes

August 19

Southeast 2-0 Northwest
West 5-2 Gulf States

August 20

Midwest 6-0 Mid-Atlantic
New England 2-5 Gulf States
Great Lakes 2-1 West

August 21

Northwest 6-0 Mid-Atlantic
Southeast 10-3 Midwest

International[edit]

Pool C
Region Record
Caribbean 2-1
Asia 2-1
Transatlantic 1-2
Latin America 1-2
Pool D
Region Record
Pacific 3-0
Mexico 2-1
Canada 1-2
Europe 0-3

August 17

Transatlantic 2-4 Asia

August 18

Mexico 5-6 Pacific
Caribbean 3-2 Latin America
Europe 1-5 Canada

August 19

Transatlantic 3-10 Pacific

August 20

Canada 5-6 Mexico
Europe 0-5 Pacific
Asia 1-6 Latin America

August 21

Pacific 6-5 Canada
Mexico 2-0 Europe
Asia 4-2 Caribbean
Transatlantic 11-0
(5 innings)
Latin America

Elimination rounds[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
August 22 - Lamade (Game ended by mercy rule)        
 Japan Tokyo, Japan  15
August 25 - Lamade
 Mexico Matamoros, Mexico  5  
 Japan Tokyo, Japan  2
August 23 - Lamade
   CuraçaoNetherlands Antilles Willemstad, Curaçao  1  
 Guam Hagåtňa, Guam  3
August 26 - Lamade
 CuraçaoNetherlands Antilles Willemstad, Curaçao  4  
 Japan Tokyo, Japan  2
August 22 - Lamade
   United StatesFlorida Apopka, Florida  1
 Indiana Brownsburg, Indiana  1
August 25 - Lamade
Forfeit: Mid-Atlantic used ineligible player
 Florida Apopka, Florida  6  
 Florida Apopka, Florida  8 Third place
August 23 - Lamade
Forfeit: Mid-Atlantic used ineligible player
   Mid-Atlantic  0  
 Mid-Atlantic  0  United States Mid-Atlantic  0
 California Oceanside, California  6    CuraçaoNetherlands Antilles Willemstad, Curaçao  6
August 26 - Volunteer
Forfeit: Mid-Atlantic used ineligible player
2001 Little League World Series Champions
Japan
Kitasuna Little League
Tokyo, Japan

Champions path[edit]

The Kitasuna LL reached the LLWS with an undefeated record of four wins and no losses.[1] In total, their record was 9-1, their only loss coming in the LLWS qualifying round against Santiago de Veraguas LL of Panama.

Round Opposition Result
All-Tokyo Tournament
Opening Round Ryuugasaki LL 11-4
Quarterfinals Suzaka LL 6-1
Semifinals Matsusaka LL 12-8
Japan Championship Nagoya Kita LL 5-4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japan Tournament Results". Unpage.com. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 

Notes[edit]

  • † Game ended by "mercy rule" (at least 10-run difference through 5 innings)

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