2006 Little League World Series

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2006 Little League World Series
Dates August 18–
August 28
Teams participating 16
Champion Northern Little League
United StatesGeorgia (U.S. state) Columbus, Georgia
Runner-up Kawaguchi City Little League
Japan Kawaguchi, Saitama, Japan

The 2006 Little League World Series, held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, took place between August 18 and August 28, one day later than originally scheduled. Inclement weather forced the cancellation of the third-place game on August 27 and the postponement of the championship game also scheduled for that date. The Northern Little League of Columbus, Georgia defeated Kawaguchi City Little League of Kawaguchi, Japan in the championship game of the 60th Little League World Series. The event was broadcast in the United States on ABC Sports, ESPN and ESPN2 in both analog and high-definition. The U.S. Championship game of the 2006 Little League World Series was the last ABC Sports telecast.

Games were held in the two stadiums located at Little League headquarters in South Williamsport:

  • Howard J. Lamade Stadium — the main stadium, opened in 1959, with seating for 10,000 in the stands and hillside terrace seating for up to 30,000 more
  • Little League Volunteer Stadium — a newer facility, opened in 2001, that seats slightly over 5,000, primarily in the stands


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
New York (state) Staten Island, New York
Mid-Atlantic Region
New Hampshire Portsmouth, New Hampshire
New England Region
Northern Mariana Islands Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Pacific Region
Tamaulipas Matamoros, Tamaulipas
Mexico Mexico Region
Illinois Lemont, Illinois
Great Lakes Region
Oregon Beaverton, Oregon
Northwest Region
Venezuela Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Latin America Region
Japan Saitama Prefecture Kawaguchi, Saitama
Asia Region
Kawaguchi City
Arizona Phoenix, Arizona
West Region
Ahwatukee American
Missouri Columbia, Missouri
Midwest Region
Daniel Boone National
British Columbia Surrey, British Columbia
Canada Canada Region
Russia Moscow, Russia
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region
Georgia (U.S. state) Columbus, Georgia
Southeast Region
Louisiana Lake Charles, Louisiana
Southwest Region
South Lake Charles
Saudi Arabia Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Transatlantic Region
Curaçao Willemstad, Curaçao
Caribbean Region


Pool play[edit]

The top two teams in each pool moved on to their respective semifinals. The winners of each met on August 27 to play for the Little League World Championship. Teams marked in green qualified to the knockout stage. Ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. If a clear winner cannot be determined from head-to-head results, the tie is broken by calculating the ratio of runs allowed to defensive innings played for all teams involved in the tie. The team with the lowest runs-per-defensive-inning ratio advances.

United States[edit]

Pool A
Rank Region Record Runs Allowed Run Ratio
1 Illinois Great Lakes 2-1 1 0.056
2 Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast 2–1 5 0.263
3 Arizona West 2–1 5 0.278
4 New York (state) Mid-Atlantic 0–3 8 0.421
  • Great Lakes wins pool based on defensive run ratio. Southeast is the runner-up based on win against West.
Pool B
Rank Region Record Runs Allowed Run Ratio
1 New Hampshire New England 2–1 15 0.833
2 Oregon Northwest 2–1 8 0.444
3 Missouri Midwest 1–2 6 0.381
4 Louisiana Southwest 1–2 14 0.737
  • New England wins Pool B based on head-to-head tiebreaker.

All times US EDT

Pool Away Score Home Score Time (Venue)
August 18
B New Hampshire New England 6 Oregon Northwest 1 4:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
B Louisiana Southwest 1 (F/9) Missouri Midwest 0 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 19
A New York (state) Mid-Atlantic 2 Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast 3 (F/7) 1:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
A Arizona West 1 Illinois Great Lakes 0 3:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
August 20
B New Hampshire New England 5 Missouri Midwest 14 Noon (Volunteer Stadium)
A Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast 4 Arizona West 1 1:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
B Louisiana Southwest 1 Oregon Northwest 9 3:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
A New York (state) Mid-Atlantic 0 Illinois Great Lakes 1 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 21
B Louisiana Southwest 0 New Hampshire New England 5 3:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
B Oregon Northwest 2 Missouri Midwest 1 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 22
A Arizona West 4 New York (state) Mid-Atlantic 1 3:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
A Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast 0 Illinois Great Lakes 2 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
  • The New England vs. Midwest game was postponed due to a rain delay and was played on August 20.


Pool C
Rank Region Record Runs Allowed Run Ratio
1 Venezuela Latin America 3–0 2 0.136
2 Saudi Arabia Transatlantic 2–1 2 0.100
3 Canada Canada 1–2 9 0.500
4 Northern Mariana Islands Pacific 0–3 12 0.600
Pool D
Rank Region Record Runs Allowed Run Ratio
1 Japan Asia 3–0 3 0.176
2 Mexico Mexico 2–1 9 0.529
3 Curaçao Caribbean 1–2 10 0.556
4 Russia EMEA 0–3 30 1.875

All times US EDT

Pool Away Score Home Score Time (Venue)
August 18
C Saudi Arabia Transatlantic 5 Canada Canada 0 6:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
August 19
D Russia EMEA 0 Japan Asia* 11 (F/5) 11:00 am (Lamade Stadium)
D Curaçao Caribbean 2 Mexico Mexico 3 4:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
C Northern Mariana Islands Pacific 0 Venezuela Latin America 1 (F/8) 6:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
August 20
C Northern Mariana Islands Pacific 1 Saudi Arabia Transatlantic 9 5:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
D Russia EMEA 1 Mexico Mexico 11 (F/5) 7:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
August 21
D Russia EMEA 0 Curaçao Caribbean 8 11:00 am (Lamade Stadium)
D Japan Asia 6 Mexico Mexico 1 1:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
C Canada Canada 2 Venezuela Latin America 3 6:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
August 22
D Japan Asia 7 Curaçao Caribbean 2 11:00 am (Lamade Stadium)
C Canada Canada 2 Northern Mariana Islands Pacific 1 1:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
C Saudi Arabia Transatlantic 0 Venezuela Latin America 1 (F/8) 6:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
  • Asterisk (*) denotes no-hitter thrown
  • The Pacific vs. Latin America game was suspended in the 8th inning due to a rain delay and was completed on August 21.

Elimination round[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
August 24 – 3:00 pm - Lamade        
 Saudi Arabia Transatlantic  1
August 26 – 7:30 pm - Lamade
 Japan Asia  4  
 Japan Asia  3
August 23 – 3:00 pm - Lamade (F/4)
     Mexico Mexico  0  
 Venezuela Latin America  0
August 28 – 5:00 pm - Lamade
 Mexico Mexico  11  
 Japan Asia  1
August 24 – 7:30 pm - Lamade    
   United StatesGeorgia (U.S. state) Southeast  2
 Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast  8
August 27 – 3:30 pm - Lamade
 New Hampshire New England  0  
 Georgia (U.S. state) Southeast  7
August 23 – 7:30 pm - Lamade
     Oregon Northwest  3  
 Illinois Great Lakes  3
 Oregon Northwest  4  

The consolation game between Matamoros, Mexico and Beaverton, Oregon, scheduled for August 27 at Volunteer Stadium, was cancelled due to rain, and both teams share third place. The championship game was originally scheduled for 3:30 pm US EDT on August 27, but was postponed due to rain. The game was originally rescheduled for 8:00 pm on August 28, but changed because of weather concerns.

2006 Little League World Series Champions
United States Georgia
Northern Little League
Columbus, Georgia

Notable players[edit]

Champion's path[edit]

The Columbus Northern LL went undefeated on their road to the LLWS, winning all eleven of their matches.[1][2] Their total record was 16–1, their only loss coming against Lemont LL (from Illinois).

Round Opposition Result
Georgia State Tournament
Group Stage Georgia (U.S. state) Cartersville LL 9–0
Group Stage Georgia (U.S. state) Decatur Belvedere LL 15–0
Group Stage Georgia (U.S. state) Toccoa American LL 12–2
Group Stage Georgia (U.S. state) Masters City LL 17–2
Semifinals Georgia (U.S. state) Masters City LL 15–5
Championship Georgia (U.S. state) Buckhead 4–0
Southeast Regional
Group Stage West Virginia Bridgeport American LL 16–0 (4 inn.)
Group Stage Tennessee Columbia American LL 8–0
Group Stage Florida Greater Dunedin LL 10–6
Semifinals Alabama Cottage Hill LL 11–0 (4 inn.)
Southeast Region Championship Florida Greater Dunedin LL 5–0

Mid-Island incident[edit]

Television coverage aired throughout the United States on ABC Sports and ESPN. At first, there was no delay on its broadcasts, despite the fact that all managers and coaches were equipped with miniature microphones. That changed after two incidents; one in a preliminary game where an unidentified California pitcher told his coach that "[the umpire] ain't giving me shit" in reference to a tight strike zone, but the other, more important incident took place late in a preliminary-round game in which a player for Mid-Island Little League of Staten Island, New York, who was not publicly identified, told his teammates to just score "one fucking run" that was broadcast live on ESPN. In response, the team's manager, Nick Doscher, slapped the player, a violation of a Little League policy against physical contact targeting players. Both the player and manager were reprimanded, and ESPN and ABC imposed a five-second delay on future telecasts. The incident was part of the continuing legacy of the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Georgia State Tournament Results". Unpage.com. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Southeastern Region Tournament". Unpage.com. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 

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