2011 Little League World Series
|2011 Little League World Series|
|Champion||Ocean View Little League
Huntington Beach, California
|Runner-up||Hamamatsu Minami Little League
Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka, Japan
The 2011 Little League World Series took place in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania between August 18 and 28. Eight teams from the United States and eight from throughout the world competed in the 65th edition of this tournament. Ocean View Little League of Huntington Beach, California defeated Hamamatsu Minami Little League of Hamamatsu City, Japan 2–1 in the World Championship game. Nick Pratto hit an RBI single to clinch the title for Ocean View.
On June 16, 2011, Little League announced that it was modifying the double-elimination format that was first used in the previous year's tournament. The format of four pools consisting of four teams in each pool, a format that had been used since the tournament expanded to 16 teams in 2001, was eliminated. Instead, the eight teams from the United States were placed into one bracket, and the eight International teams into another bracket. The tournament remained double-elimination until the United States and International championship games, where it became single-elimination.
| La Grange, Kentucky
Great Lakes Region
| Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
| Clinton County, Pennsylvania
| Langley, British Columbia
| Rapid City, South Dakota
| Oranjestad, Aruba
| Cumberland, Rhode Island
New England Region
| Rotterdam, Netherlands
| Billings, Montana
| Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka, Japan
| Warner Robins, Georgia
Warner Robins American
| Maracay, Venezuela
Latin America Region
| Lafayette, Louisiana
| Mexicali, Baja California
| Huntington Beach, California
| Dhahran, Saudi Arabia[a]
Middle East-Africa Region
Of the 16 teams, 11 made their first LLWS appearance. Most notable among these is the Keystone Little League, based less than 30 miles (48 km) from Little League headquarters. The last LLWS to feature a team from the immediate Williamsport area was the 1969 edition.
United States bracket
|Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||U.S. Semifinal||U.S. Championship|
|1–1||Great Lakes (F/9)||5|
|Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||International Semifinal||International Championship|
Teams that lost their first two games got to play a crossover game against a team from the other side of the bracket that also lost its first two games. These game were labeled Game A and Game B.
|August 22 – Lamade Stadium|
|August 23 – Lamade Stadium|
|Little League World Championship|
|August 28 – Lamade Stadium|
|2011 Little League World Series Champions|
Ocean View Little League
Huntington Beach, California
Middle East-Africa qualification
Kampala, Uganda defeated Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in the Middle East-Africa Region Final but the Ugandan team was denied visas by the State Department. Reportedly, the visas were denied because some players provided false information, specifically related to their ages. The runner-up, Saudi Arabia, was invited to the Little League World Series in their spot.
The Ocean View Little League won 20 games and lost 1 game to reach the Little League World Series. Overall, their record was 25–2. Their two losses came against Rancho Mission Viejo LL (from California), and Billings Big Sky LL (from Montana).
|Winner's Bracket Quarterfinals||Costa Mesa National LL||6-0|
|Winner's Bracket Semifinals||Costa Mesa American LL||19-0|
|Winner's Bracket Final||Huntington Valley LL||7-1|
|District 62 Championship||Huntington Valley LL||13-3|
|Game 1||Aliso Viejo LL||5–4|
|Game 2||Rancho Mission Viejo LL||2–1|
|Game 3||Rancho Mission Viejo LL||5–6 (8 inn.)|
|Section 10 Championship||Rancho Mission Viejo LL||3–1|
|South California Divisional|
|Winner's Bracket Semifinals||Fontana Community LL||13-2 (4 inn.)|
|Winner's Bracket Finals||Canyon Springs LL||5–1|
|South Sub-Divisional Championship||Park View LL||5–4|
|South Championship||Encino LL||12–1 (4 inn.)|
|South Championship||Encino LL||11–1|
|Group Stage||Red Bluff LL||10–2|
|Group Stage||Central East Maui LL||3–0|
|Group Stage||Rio Rico LL||10–0 (4 inn.)|
|Group Stage||Silverado LL||11–3|
|West Region Championship||Red Bluff LL||2–1|
- a Qualified via invitation by Little League.
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- Communications Division (June 16, 2011). "2011 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule Announced". Little League. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
- Russell Athletic Renews Agreement with Little League Baseball and Softball
- Little League Baseball and Softball Extends Partnership with New Era Cap
- "Keystone Little League Earns Berth in Little League Baseball World Series as Mid-Atlantic Region Champion" (Press release). Little League Baseball. August 15, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2011.
- Communications Division (August 26, 2011). "Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game Moved Up to Noon on Sunday". Little League. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
- Communications Division (July 22, 2011). "Visa Applications Denied for Little League Team from Uganda". Little League. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
- "Uganda investigating age of youth baseball team denied US visas for Little League". Associated Press. The Washington Post. July 30, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011. Dead link as of August 15, 2011
- Zinser, Lynn (July 29, 2011). "No Little League World Series for Ugandan Team". The New York Times. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
- Communications Division. "Arabian-American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to Receive Berth in Little League Baseball World Series". Little League. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
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- "West Region Tournament". Unpage.com. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved August 28, 2011.