2001 Little League World Series

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2001 Little League World Series
DatesAugust 17–August 26
Teams participating16
ChampionKitasuna Little League
Japan Tokyo, Japan
Runner-upNational Little League
United StatesFlorida Apopka, Florida
← 2000
2002 →

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
Rhode Island Lincoln, RI
New England
New York (state) Bronx, NY
Panama Santiago de Veraguas
Latin America
Santiago de Veraguas
Guam Hagåtña
California Oceanside, CA
Washington (state) Bainbridge Island, WA
Bainbridge Island
CuraçaoNetherlands Antilles Willemstad, Curaçao
CanadaAlberta Calgary
Indiana Brownsburg, IN
Great Lakes
Iowa Davenport, IA
Saudi Arabia Dhahran
Russia Moscow
Louisiana Lake Charles, LA
Gulf States
South Lake Charles
Florida Apopka, FL
Japan Tokyo
Mexico Matamoros

Pool play[edit]

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

Pool A
Region Record
Indiana 3-0
California 2-1
Louisiana 1-2
Rhode Island 0-3
Pool B
Region Record
Florida 2-1
Washington 1-2
Iowa 0-3
New York DSQ

August 17

Rhode Island Rhode Island 0-8 California California
Indiana Indiana 2-0 Louisiana Louisiana

August 18

New York (state)

New York

0-6 Florida


Washington (state) Washington 4-3 Iowa


Rhode Island

Rhode Island

1-5 Indiana


August 19

Florida 2-0 Washington
California 5-2 Louisiana

August 20

Iowa 6-0 New York
Rhode Island 2-5 Louisiana
Indiana 2-1 California

August 21

Washington 6-0 New York
Florida 10-3 Iowa


Pool C
Region Record
Curaçao 2-1
Japan 2-1
Saudi Arabia 1-2
Panama 1-2
Pool D
Region Record
Guam 3-0
Mexico 2-1
Canada 1-2
Russia 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

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

Elimination rounds[edit]

August 22 - Lamade (Game ended by mercy rule)
Japan Tokyo, Japan 15
August 25 - Lamade
Mexico Matamoros, Mexico 5
Japan Tokyo, Japan2
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, Florida1
Indiana Brownsburg, Indiana 1
August 25 - Lamade
Forfeit: Mid-Atlantic used ineligible player
Florida Apopka, Florida 6
Florida Apopka, Florida 8
August 23 - Lamade
Indiana Forfeit: Mid-Atlantic used ineligible player
New York (state) Bronx, New Tork 0 Third place
New York (state) Bronx, New York 0
August 26 - Volunteer
Forfeit: Mid-Atlantic used ineligible player
California Oceanside, California6
New York (state) Bronx, New York 0
CuraçaoNetherlands Antilles Willemstad, Curaçao6
2001 Little League World Series Champions
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

Notable players[edit]


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

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