2002 Little League World Series

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2002 Little League World Series
Dates August 16–
August 25
Teams participating 16
Champion Valley Sports American Little League
United StatesKentucky Louisville, Kentucky
Runner-up Sendai Hagashi Little League
Japan Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

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, then a suburb but now a neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, defeated Sendai Hagashi 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]

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

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 West
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

International[edit]

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)
Caribbean
Asia 11-0
(4 innings)
Mexico
Canada 3-9 Latin America

August 20

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

Elimination rounds[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
August 21 - Lamade (Game ended by mercy rule)        
 Japan Sendai, Japan  10
August 24 - Lamade
 Guam Hagåtña, Guam  0  
 Japan Sendai, Japan  4
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, Kentucky  1
 Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky  2
August 24 - Lamade
 Texas Fort Worth, Texas  1  
 Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky  4 Third place
August 22 - Lamade
   Massachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts  0  
 Massachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts  5  United StatesMassachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts  1
 New York (state) New York, New York  2    CuraçaoNetherlands Antilles Willemstad, Curaçao  9
August 25 - Volunteer
2002 Little League World Series Champions
United StatesKentucky
Valley Sports American Little League
Louisville, Kentucky

Notes[edit]

  • † 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 Clay County LL 12-2 (5 inn)
Group Stage Kentucky Owensboro Southern 6-4 (14 inn)
Semifinals Kentucky Richmond 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 8-0
Group Stage Wisconsin Merrill LL 10-6
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

References[edit]

  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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