2009 Little League World Series

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2009 Little League World Series
Little League World Series official logo 2009.jpg
DatesAugust 21–August 30
Teams participating16
ChampionPark View Little League
United StatesCalifornia Chula Vista, California
Runner-upKuei-Shan Little League
Taiwan Taoyuan County, Taiwan
← 2008 Little League World Series 2010 →
Howard J. Lamade Stadium during the 2009 Little league World Series

The 2009 Little League World Series was the 63rd edition of the championship tournament for Little League baseball, held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, from August 21 through August 30, 2009. Eight teams from the United States and eight from the rest of the world competed in the tournament. In the championship game, the United States champions, from Chula Vista, California, defeated the international champions from Taoyuan County, Taiwan. This was the first tournament in which a team representing Chinese Taipei reached the championship game since 1996, and the first championship for a team from the state of California since 1993.

Activision released a video game in advance of the event, Little League World Series Baseball 2009.

Teams[edit]

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
New York (state) Staten Island, New York
Mid-Atlantic Region
South Shore National Little League
Massachusetts Peabody, Massachusetts
New England Region
Peabody Western Little League
Curaçao Willemstad, Curaçao
Caribbean Region
Pabao Little League
Germany Kaiserslautern, Germany
Europe Region
KMC American Little League
Washington (state) Mercer Island, Washington
Northwest Region
Mercer Island Little League
California Chula Vista, California
West Region
Park View Little League
Chiba Prefecture Chiba City, Chiba
Japan Japan Region
Chiba City Little League
Tamaulipas Reynosa, Tamaulipas
Mexico Mexico Region
Guadalupe Trevino Kelly Little League
Georgia (U.S. state) Warner Robins, Georgia
Southeast Region
Warner Robins American Little League
Texas San Antonio, Texas
Southwest Region
McAllister Park American Little League
Saudi Arabia Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
MEA Region
Arabian American Little League
British Columbia East Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada Canada Region
Hastings Community Little League
Iowa Urbandale, Iowa
Midwest Region
Urbandale East Little League
Kentucky Russellville, Kentucky
Great Lakes Region
Logan County/Russellville Little League
Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela
Latin America Region
Coquivacoa Little League
Chinese Taipei Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
Asia-Pacific Region
Kuei-Shan Little League

Results[edit]

Pool play[edit]

The top two teams in each pool moved on to their respective semifinals. The winners of each met on August 30 to play for the Little League World Championship. Teams marked in green qualified to the knockout stage, while the remaining teams were eliminated.

Ties were broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. In the event of a three-way tie for first place, the tie was 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 was ranked first and advanced. Second place was determined by the head-to-head result of the other two teams. If the three-way tie was for second place, the runs-per-defensive-inning ratio rule was used. The team with the lowest run ratio advanced; the other two teams were eliminated.[1]

United States[edit]

Pool A
Rank Region Record Runs Allowed Defensive Innings Run Ratio
1 Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia 3–0 8 18 0.444
2 New York (state) New York 2–1 11 18 0.611
3 Iowa Iowa 1–2 22 18 1.222
4 Washington (state) Washington 0–3 18 18 1.000
Pool B
Rank Region Record Runs Allowed Defensive Innings Run Ratio
1 Texas Texas 3–0 4 16 0.250
2 California California 2–1 6 17 0.353
3 Massachusetts Massachusetts 1–2 27 17 1.588
4 Kentucky Kentucky 0–3 39 13 3.000

All times US EDT.

Pool Away Score Home Score Time (Venue)
August 21
A New York (state) New York 10 Washington (state) Washington 2 1:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
A Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia 11 Iowa Iowa 3 5:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
B Massachusetts Massachusetts 1 Texas Texas 10 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 22
A Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia 6 New York (state) New York 3 3:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
B Kentucky Kentucky 0 California California 15 (F/5) 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 23
A Washington (state) Washington 3 Iowa Iowa 5 Noon (Lamade Stadium)
B Kentucky Kentucky 0 Texas Texas 12 (F/4) 2:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
B California California 14 Massachusetts Massachusetts 0 6:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
August 24
A Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia 3 Washington (state) Washington 2 4:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
A New York (state) New York 8 Iowa Iowa 3 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 25
B Kentucky Kentucky 3 Massachusetts Massachusetts 12 4:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
B Texas Texas 6 California California 3 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)

International[edit]

Pool C
Rank Region Record Runs Allowed Defensive Innings Run Ratio
1 Curaçao Curaçao 3–0 15 18 0.833
2 Japan Japan 2–1 18 18 1.000
3 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 1–2 9 16 0.813
4 Venezuela Venezuela 0–3 12 16 0.750
Pool D
Rank Region Record Runs Allowed Defensive Innings Run Ratio
1 Mexico Mexico 3–0 3 17 0.176
2 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 2–1 3 16 0.188
3 Canada Canada 1–2 23 18 1.278
4 Germany Germany 0–3 43 14 3.071

All times US EDT.

Pool Away Score Home Score Time (Venue)
August 21
D Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 16 Germany Germany 0 (F/4) 3:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 22
D Canada Canada 1 Mexico Mexico 2 (F/7) 11:00 am (Lamade Stadium)
C Venezuela Venezuela 1 Curaçao Curaçao 2 1:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
C Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 2 Japan Japan 5 6:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
August 23
D Canada Canada 0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 8 3:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
C Japan Japan 11 Curaçao Curaçao 12 8:00 pm (Lamade Stadium)
August 24
D Mexico Mexico 13 Germany Germany 0 (F/4) Noon (Lamade Stadium)
C Venezuela Venezuela 4 Japan Japan 5 2:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
C Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 3 Curaçao Curaçao 5 6:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
August 25
C Venezuela Venezuela 3 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 5 Noon (Lamade Stadium)
D Canada Canada 14 Germany Germany 13 2:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)
D Mexico Mexico 3 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 2 6:00 pm (Volunteer Stadium)

Elimination round[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
August 26 – 4:00 pm – Lamade
 
 
C2 Japan Japan0
 
August 29 – Noon – Lamade
 
D1 Mexico Mexico6
 
Mexico Mexico4
 
August 27 – 4:00 pm – Lamade
 
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei9
 
D2 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei5
 
August 30 – 3:00 pm – Lamade
 
C1 Curaçao Curaçao2
 
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei3
 
August 26 – 8:00 pm – Lamade
 
California California6
 
A2 New York (state) New York1
 
August 29 – 7:00 pm – Lamade (F/4)
 
B1 Texas Texas4
 
Texas Texas2
 
August 27 – 8:00 pm – Lamade
 
California California12 Third place
 
B2 California California11
 
August 30 – 11:00 am – Volunteer
 
A1 Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia10
 
Mexico Mexico5
 
 
Texas Texas4
 

The United States championship game on August 29 was originally scheduled for 3:00 pm US EDT. After a pair of lengthy rain delays in the international championship game, maintenance required to repair the field for the next game, and to make sure the field was dry enough to play on, it was rescheduled for later that night.

2009 Little League World Series Champions
United States California
Park View Little League
Chula Vista, California

Champions Path[edit]

The Park View Little League won 18 games and lost 2 games to reach the Little League World Series.[2][3][4] Overall, their record was 23–3. Their three losses came against Sweetwater Valley LL, Torrance LL (both from California), and McAllister Park American LL (from Texas). Park View became the ninth team and most recent from San Diego County to qualify for the Little League World Series as the last one was Vista, California in 2005. They also were the third team from San Diego County in the past nine years to qualify for the Little League World Series.[5] During the West Regional the team hit 34 home runs in total and was accused of cheating. A Little League Official looked into the allegations but found no evidence to back them up.[6]

Round Opposition Result
District 42
Winner's Bracket Quarterfinals California Luckie Waller LL 16–0
Winner's Bracket Semifinals California Imperial Beach LL 17–1
Winner's Bracket Finals California Sweetwater Valley LL 8–1
District 42 Championship California Sweetwater Valley LL 7–10
District 42 Championship California Sweetwater Valley LL 8–2
Section 7
Section 7 Group Stage California Brawley LL 8–5
Section 7 Group Stage California Rancho San Diego LL 9–1
Section 7 Group Stage California Lemon Grove LL 5–3
South California Divisional
Winner's Bracket Semifinals California Corona National LL 14–4
Winner's Bracket Finals California Rancho Santa Margarita LL 5–4 (7 inn.)
South Sub-Divisional Championship California Rancho Santa Margarita LL 16–1
South Championship California Torrance LL 0–18 (4 inn.)
South Championship California Torrance LL 7–6
South Championship California Torrance LL 19–12
West Regional
Group Stage Utah Cedar American LL 27–1 (4 inn.)
Group Stage Hawaii Central East Maui LL 15–2 (4 inn.)
Group Stage Arizona Arrowhead LL 20–1 (4 inn.)
Group Stage Nevada Legacy LL 10–5
Semifinals Nevada Legacy LL 15–2 (4 inn.)
West Region Championship California Lakeside LL 11–4

Legacy[edit]

President Barack Obama poses for a picture while holding up a jersey given to him by members of the Little League World Championship team from Chula Vista, Calif., in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 5, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The City of Chula Vista organized a celebration parade for the team with the team riding on a fire engine which led them to a rally at Southwestern College. They received a congratulations from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.[7] The team also met President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. and gave him a team jersey, team plaque and the key to the City of Chula Vista.[8] A book was written about the Chula Vista team called The Blue Bombers: The True Story of the 2009 Little League World Champions, written by San Diego County Residents.[9] A memorial wall was proposed to commemorate the team in Chula Vista.[10] The team also appeared on The Tonight Show hosted by Conan O'Brien.[11] The team was honored at San Diego Padres and Chargers games.[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sconnolley. "Microsoft Word – pool play-general.doc" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2009.
  2. ^ "Southern California District Tournament Results". Unpage.com. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  3. ^ "Southern California Divisional Tournament". Unpage.com. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  4. ^ "West Region Tournament". Unpage.com. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  5. ^ "Chula Vista team wins shot at Little League World Series". signonsandiego.com. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "Official: Park View home runs are legit". signonsandiego.com. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  7. ^ "Hero's Welcome Greets Chula Vista Little League Champs". 10news.com. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  8. ^ "Park View All-Stars Visit White House, Meet Obama". 10news.com. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  9. ^ "New book out on Park View Little League champs". signonsandiego.com. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  10. ^ "Champions Wall proposed". thestarnews.com. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  11. ^ "Park View Little league Homecoming celebration tonight in Chula Vista". sdentertainer.com. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  12. ^ "Hundley draws bases-loaded walk in 10th to lift Padres over Rockies". ESPN. Associated Press. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  13. ^ "World champs enjoy day with Chargers". chargers.com. Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2011.

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