2002 Little League World Series

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2002 Little League World Series
Little League World Series official logo 2002.gif
DatesAugust 16–August 25
Teams participating16
ChampionValley Sports American Little League
United StatesKentucky Louisville, Kentucky
Runner-upSendai Higashi Little League
Japan Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
← 2001
2003 →

The 2002 Little League World Series took place between August 16 and August 25 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Valley Sports American Little League of Pleasure Ridge Park, a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky, defeated Sendai Higashi Little League of Sendai, Japan, in the championship game of the 56th Little League World Series.

Notable players included 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Austin Dillon, a member of the Clemmons, North Carolina, Little League representing the Southeast region.[1]


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
Texas Fort Worth, TX
New York (state) Manhattan
Venezuela Valencia, Venezuela
Latin America
Los Leones
Japan Sendai, Miyagi
Sendai Hagashi
Massachusetts Worcester, MA
New England
Jesse Burkett
Kentucky Louisville, KY
Great Lakes
Valley Sports American
CanadaSaskatchewan Regina, Saskatchewan
North Regina
CuraçaoNetherlands Antilles Willemstad, Curaçao
Missouri Webb City, MO
Webb City
California Aptos, CA
Guam Hagåtña
Mexico Monterrey
Country de Monterrey
Hawaii Waipio, HI
North Carolina Clemmons, NC
Southwest Forsyth
Saudi Arabia Dhahran
Russia Moscow
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Pool play[edit]

The top two teams in each pool move on to their respective semifinals. The winners of each met on August 25 to play for the Little League world championship.

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

August 16

New England 2–3 Northwest
Midwest 0–1 Southwest

August 17

West 1–4 Great Lakes
Mid-Atlantic 9–3 Southeast
New England 2–1 Midwest

August 18

Southeast 8–11 West
West 10–4 Southeast
Northwest 0–8 Southwest
Great Lakes 2–0 Mid-Atlantic

August 19

New England 6–0 Southwest
Midwest 1–2 Northwest

August 20

West 2–5 Mid-Atlantic
Southeast 2–4 Great Lakes


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

August 16

Transatlantic 3–2 Canada

August 17

Pacific 1–11 Latin America
Mexico 1–10 Caribbean
EMEA 0–7 Asia

August 18

Transatlantic 6–9 Pacific
Mexico 4–3 Pacific

August 19

EMEA 0–13
(4 innings)
Asia 11–0
(4 innings)
Canada 3–9 Latin America

August 20

'Asia 5–0 Caribbean
Canada 7–12 Pacific
Transatlantic 6–5 Latin America

Elimination rounds[edit]

August 21 - Lamade (Game ended by mercy rule)
Japan Sendai, Japan 10
August 24 - Lamade
Guam Hagåtña, Guam 0
Japan Sendai, Japan4
August 22 - Lamade
CuraçaoNetherlands Antilles Willemstad, Curaçao 1
Venezuela Valencia, Venezuela 0
August 25 - Lamade
CuraçaoNetherlands Antilles Willemstad, Curaçao 3
Japan Sendai, Japan 0
August 21 - Lamade (11 innings)
United StatesKentucky Louisville, Kentucky1
Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky 2
August 24 - Lamade
Texas Fort Worth, Texas 1
Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky 4
August 22 - Lamade
Massachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts 0 Third place
Massachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts 5
August 25 - Volunteer
New York (state) New York, New York2
United StatesMassachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts 1
CuraçaoNetherlands Antilles Willemstad, Curaçao9
2002 Little League World Series Champions
United StatesKentucky
Valley Sports American Little League
Louisville, Kentucky


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

Champions Path[edit]

The Louisville Valley Sports American LL went undefeated on their road to the LLWS, winning all eleven of their matches.[2][3] In total record was 17-0.

Round Opposition Result
Kentucky State Tournament
Group Stage Kentucky Clay County LL 7-1
Group Stage Kentucky Morehead LL 1-0
Group Stage Kentucky Owensboro Southern LL 6-4 (14 inn)
Semifinals Kentucky Richmond LL 11-0 (4 inn)
Championship Kentucky Owensboro Southern LL 3-0
Great Lakes Regional
Group Stage Ohio Hamilton West Side American LL 5-0
Group Stage Illinois Bradley-Bourbonnais LL 2-1
Group Stage Wisconsin Merrill LL 4-1
Group Stage Michigan Grosse Pointe Farms-City LL 3-1
Semifinals Ohio Hamilton West Side American LL 2-1
Great Lakes Region Championship Indiana Brownsburg LL 8-1


  1. ^ Pockrass, Bob (August 16, 2013). "Austin Dillon used to pressure after playing in Little League World Series". Sporting News. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  2. ^ "Great Lakes Region Tournament Historical Results". Unpage.com. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
  3. ^ "Great Lakes Region Tournament". Unpage.com. Retrieved August 29, 2010.

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