Thursday, August 02, 2007

LLSBWS: One Week to Go!

Exactly one week from today, the Little League Softball World Series will begin play at Alpenrose Stadium in Portland, Oregon.

Several teams have already qualified for the 2007 Tournament:

1) Beaverton Area Little League -- host/District 4 (Oregon) winner

2) Morristown Am/Nat LL, Morristown, Tennessee -- South Region winner

3) ILLAM Central LL, Makati City, Philippines -- Asia Pacific Region winner

4) KMC American LL, Ramstein AFB, Germany -- EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Region winner

5) Asofem Little League, Maunabo, Puerto Rico -- Latin America Region winner

Regional Tournaments still playing out:

1) Central Region: semi-final games are today, with teams from Rock Falls, Illinois; Sellersburg, Indiana; London, Kentucky; Poland, Ohio; Gladstone, Michigan; and Appleton, Wisconsin, still alive. Championship game scheduled for Friday morning.

2) West Region: Pool play continues today, with the championship game on Sunday.

3) East Region: Semi-final games tomorrow feature New York (Mid-Island LL, Staten Island) vs. New Jersey (Pequannock LL) and Connecticut (Waterford South LL) vs. Massachusetts (Lynn Wyoma LL).

4) Southwest Region: This is a game I would love to see! Texas West (Midway LL, Waco) will play Texas East (Elgin LL) in the championship game today. West beat East 1-0 in an earlier tournament game and East came back through the losers bracket with revenge on its mind.

5) Canada: Teams from Ontario (Turtle Club LL, Windsor), British Columbia (Beacon Hill LL, Victoria), Nova Scotia (tbd), and the host team (Hampton LL, Victoria, BC) will begin play tomorrow in Victoria.


Dale said...

I am the Manager for the New Mexico team from Eastdale Little League in Albuquerque, NM. We had the privilege of playing and losing to both of the teams engaged in the final game tonight for the Southwest Region. I agree with you that it is going to be a great game to watch tonight. My personal opinion is that Elgin may have the best total group of athletes compared to Midway. Elgin returns 7 players from the 2006 team that went to the semifinals of the World Series. It is pure joy to watch this team warm up before a game. However Midway is no slouch by any stretch of the imagination and I believe may have the edge with their pitching depth. I am picking Midway to win but whoever comes out on top tonight I believe is going VERY deep at the LLWS next week and will be representing the Southwest Region extremely well. Midway’s coaches, players and parents were a joy to be around this week. Midway deserves a Best Sportsmanship award for calling our team over after our loss to do a cheer together. We learned from that and did the same for the Colorado team we defeated.

Dale Coffing

CarrieM said...

Thanks, Coach Dale! Congrats to you and your team for making it to the Southwest Regional. Your comments about sportsmanship are so great to hear.