Friday, August 21, 2009
Through 20 Pool Play Games and then bracket/consolation play, we have been treated to outstanding softball and sportsmanship from all the teams. It is an honor to play here and it has been an honor to showcase their efforts.
One team emerged the Champion: Warner Robins American Little League, Warner Robins, Georgia, representing the Southeast Region. They returned home heroes yesterday, but all the girls are heroes in my book...
Thanks to everyone for a great week!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Here are some links:
"Girls Rule: WR Softball Team Wins World Series"
"Perdue Wins Wager With Bush on Softball Title Game"
Gallery: WR Softball
"WR Wins Softball World Series"
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Georgia becomes the third champion in a row to come from the South (now named Southeast) region. The 2008 winner, South Carolina, followed the 2007 winner, Tennessee.
Games 23-26 determine consolation slots for the eight remaining teams. The 3rd place game takes place at noonPDT on the main field.
This innocuous number represents The Championship. The 2009 Little League Softball World Series champion will be the winner of Game 27. Oh, and Game 27 will be televised live on ESPN2 at 4pmPDT.
Please note that due to contract restrictions, games telecast by ESPN2 cannot also be webcast. You can, however, follow the live scorebook on the internet on the softballworldseries.com website.
Immediately following tonight's championship, the 2009 LLSBWS will end with the Closing Ceremonies. All of the players will be invited back out onto the field to applause and a huge thanks from all those involved.
Tomorrow, everyone heads home and Alpenrose is cleaned up and readied for Fall Ball :)
"Warner Robins Eager to Help Make History at Little League Softball World Series"
"Warner Robins Softball Team Reaches Final"
A Warner Robins Photo Gallery
"Slow Start Dooms Pioneers"
"Crawford Girls Storm into Little League Softball World Series Final"
"West Point Falls in National Semifinals"
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Here is a clip from KGW-TV.
Monday, August 17, 2009
"Cros-Lex Rolls Again"
"Nunaka Loses to Italy; Plays Again Monday"
"WRALL Girls Defeat Italy"
"WRALL Softball Cruises Along"
"West Point Reaches Series Semifinal"
"LLSBWS: West Point Holds on for Victory"
Southeast (Georgia) vs. Asia-Pacific (Guam)
2pmPDT, Main Field
Host/Oregon District 4 (Beaverton) vs. Canada (Ontario)
5pmPDT, Main Field
Southwest (Texas) vs. Latin America (Curacao)
5:30pmPDT, East Field
Central (Michigan) vs. West (Alaska)
8pmPDT, Main Field
Today's games conclude Pool Play for the 2009 Little League Softball World Series. After tonight's final game, the top two teams of each pool will meet with ESPN and tournament officials to go over tomorrow's semifinal games, broadcast live on ESPN2.
Tuesday, a Big Day
On Tuesday, the day begins with the All-Star Game at 10amPDT on the Main Field at Alpenrose. The All-Star game is a LLSBWS original: players from the six eliminated teams join together to play six innings with the managers in the stands :) A highlight every year, this fun game is played with official umpires and gives the girls a chance to mix and mingle, play ball, and do so without the managers and coaches directing!
All the teams then enjoy a huge barbeque hosted by the Cadonau family, owners and operators of Alpenrose Dairy, where the stadium and fields are located.
ESPN will set up during the day and the complex begins to change...Musco brings in more powerful lights (necessary for the nighttime broadcasts), the ESPN trucks and towers are operational and ESPN staff and commentators begin to roam the grounds.
The semifinal games are as followed:
Semifinal Game 21
Pool A #1 vs. Pool B #2
Semifinal Game 22
Pool A #2 vs. Pool B #1
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Here are the standings through Sunday:
Oregon District 4/Host 1-2
Latin America 1-2
Asia Pacific 0-3
Game 17: Southeast vs. Asia Pacific
Game 18: ORD4 vs. Canada
Game 19: Southwest vs. Latin America
Game 20: Central vs. West
Saturday, August 15, 2009
9:45amPDT: East Field, Game 9
Southwest (Texas) vs. East (Pennsylvania)
Southwest had a bye yesterday after defeating Oregon on Thursday night, and returns to action against a 2-0 East team.
10amPDT: Main Field, Game 10
West (Alaska) vs. EMEA (Italy)
Both teams are 1-1 in Pool B.
12:15pmPDT: East Field, Game 11
Canada (Ontario) vs. Latin America (Curacao)
Latin America lost in last night's extra-inning thriller to Oregon -- both teams are looking for their first win.
12:30pmPDT: Main Field, Game 12
Central (Michigan) vs. Southeast (Georgia)
Both teams are 1-0 and have already had their bye days.
It is also an exciting day of activities at Alpenrose:
Noon, PDT: Challenger Game
World Series players will join local Challenger Team kids on the West field for a fun game of softball.
3:30pm, PDT: Schutt Skills Challenge and Home Run Derby
Fans and players alike can participate in the Home Run Derby, but the Skills Challenge highlights players from each team competing in running, hitting and throwing contests as their teammates and fans cheer them on.
Catching up on some media coverage...
"Cros-Lex Makes Short Work of Foe"
"Nunaka Romps at Softball World Series"
"History Makers" (Alaska)
"Softball All-Stars Take It Easy" (Georgia)
"West Point Shows Little Mercy in Win" (Pennsylvania)
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Some General Info
The ten teams are divided into two pools; pool play begins today and continues through Monday. Each team will play the others one time with a bye day thrown in...
All the teams are mixed together, unlike the LL Baseball WS where there is an international winner and a U.S. winner.
At the end of pool play, the top two teams will play in the semifinals on ESPN2 on Tuesday.
Complete schedules and bracket info can be found here.
The volunteer staff is able to televise only the games taking place on the main field at Alpenrose. You can watch FOR FREE via webcast. Go to the Brackets page and click on the game you are interested in. A screen will pop up: click on "Video Webcast."
You can also follow LIVE SCORING. What is that? Real-time scoring -- all the games use electronic scorebooks that are uploaded to the website. Here is the page for Game 1, East vs. Latin America: http://www.softballworldseries.com/photos2009/photos01.htm As each game is played, you can watch the webcast and/or the live scoring. Pictures will be taken during the game and posted on that page, also.
Twitter and/or Textmark
I will do my best to provide updates via text if you sign up for either Twitter or Textmarks. I Tweeted from a Regional Babe Ruth tournament last week and the hometown parents were very grateful, so I am getting the hang of it :)
Sign up for either on the right-hand column of this blog. Twitter will be updated more often and is very simple to use. I will continue to update both, but am starting to prefer Twitter.
If you are in the area, and can make time to visit Alpenrose this week, you will not be disappointed... The all-volunteer crew does an amazing job!
The event is (always!) free of charge. The site is very family friendly and the games filled with competition and music and fans from all over the world. This Saturday you can enjoy the Schutt Skills Competition, Home Run Derby and Challenger game.
As we get closer to the championship, you can view a working ESPN broadcast, "up-close and personal," which is both educational and fun.
A barbeque is always going with better-than average choices and of course, lots of Baskin-Robbins ice cream, which is produced by Alpenrose Dairy in our area. Oh yeah, it is a working dairy (and smells like it, too, on some days :) and there is a bicycle velodrome and midget-car track.
Alpenrose is located on SW Shattuck Road, between SW Vermont and SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.
Come on down, it is a week-long celebration of softball, sportsmanship, culture, and kids.
"Pioneers eager to play:
Ceremonies kick off World Series"
"Every Competitor Has a Story"
"Former Player Pulling for Little Leaguers"
Featuring Southwest (Crawford LL, Crawford, Texas):
Crawford Little League Softball Ready for World Series
Featuring West (Nunaka Valley LL, Anchorage, Alaska):
"Nunaka Valley Team is at World Series"
Featuring Southeast (Warner Robins American LL, Warner Robins, Georgia)
"WR Girls Begin Play Thursday in World Series"
"Warner Robins Softball Team Ready to Go"
Featuring East (West Point LL, Greensburg, Pennsylvania)
"West Point's Experience Goes Beyond Softball"
And from Portland area media:
"Softball World Series: Host Family Program a Hit--Now and Later"
"Ready to Rock at the Little League World Series"
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
"Beaverton Girls Host Softball Little League World Series"
"Softball World Series Comes to Portland..."
"Guam Little League Girls Softball Team Ready to Take the Field in Mainland"
"Pioneers Face Far Away Foes" (Central Team: Croswell-Lexington LL, Michigan)
"Crawford Fans Show Little League Still Strong"
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
On Thursday, the 2009 Little League Softball World Series will begin in Portland, Oregon.
Also on Thursday, the fate of softball for the 2016 Olympic Games will likely be decided in Berlin at a meeting of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee.
From the USA Softball website:
The list of seven sports up for consideration to be included in the 2016 Games will be narrowed down to two. Competing with softball for inclusion in the Games are baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby and squash. The IOC's rule-making body will shortlist two finalists during the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. executive board session at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin on Thursday. Those sports will then be put forward by the 15-member Executive Board to a vote by members of the IOC on October 9.
Before the opening pitch is thrown in East (West Point LL, Greensburg, Pennsylvania) vs. Latin America (Soraida Juliana LL Willemstad, Curacao), and friendly competition has begun in their beloved sport, a group will decide if there will be Olympic Softball when they are at their prime playing age seven years from now.
You can help support this vibrant and vital sport:
**go to Back Softball and read about the efforts to bring Olympic Softball back for the 2016 Summer Games; join their Facebook group and check out the USA Softball website, also.
**visit and support the Little League Softball World Series -- show the world your love of softball and send a message of its importance in your life and your daughter's life
**email your support to ESPN and media outlets that cover softball
And finally, we are so lucky to have Michele Smith, the Chair of the BackSoftball Athlete Ambassadors lobbying campaign, at Alpenrose to provide commentary for the three ESPN2 broadcasts. Enjoy those games live, the atmosphere, and maybe tell Michele in person THANKS for her actions and efforts for the future of the sport and the future of our girls.
In other words, the girls got situated today :)
The teams fly in from all over the world and are brought to Alpenrose via limo, with vans following carrying all their luggage. They are photographed when they arrive and then they complete their bios, get their uniforms, meet their host families, get checked for swine flu, and gaze upon the playing field and stadium where the Opening Ceremonies will take place (tomorrow) and the games begin (Thursday).
Each team goes from their league name to their Region name, and receive their uniforms and the official photo is taken (you can see the transformation of the Georgia team, for example, here and all of the teams here).
The players will meet their host families and spend their first night in Portland. The managers and coaches will go to the hotel and everyone will head back up to Alpenrose for tomorrow's festivities:
3pm: Opening Ceremony/Main Field
4pm: Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Social/Dairyville (Teams)
4:30pm: DeMarini Skills Challenge/Main Field
See you there :)
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
A representative from Canada is also being determined today: British Columbia vs. Ontario.
And then the brackets will be complete. For a complete schedule, visit the official website.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
East Region Winner, representing Pennsylvania:
West Point LL, Greensburg, Pennsylvania
West Point defeated Milford International LL, Milford, Connecticut, 6-3 in Albany, New York.
Southwest Region Winner, representing Texas West:
Crawford LL, Crawford, Texas
Crawford defeated Edna LL, of Edna, Texas today 9-4 in Waco.
Congrats and we will see you in a couple of days!
Friday, August 07, 2009
Michigan defeated Ohio (Wheelersburg LL, Wheelersburg) 3-2 to advance.
The Central region has been represented well by Michigan in recent years: Mattawan in 2006 and Gladstone in 2007.
Welcome, Croswell-Lexington Little League!
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Georgia beat Florida (Windermere LL, Windermere) 9-8 last night in West Virginia.
Warner Robins begins play Thursday, August 18, versus West at 5pm PDT.
Here are some great shots from their local paper.
Congrats to the players and coaches from Warner Robins, Georgia!
Friday, July 31, 2009
- Southeast Regional
- Antioch Little League at the Central Region Tournament
- Central Regional in Carthage, MO
- Enterprise Little League at the Western Regional
- Gilroy (CA) Returns to Western Regional
And the Central Region teams are now set:
Croswell Lexington LL, Croswell
Antioch LL, Antioch
Keystone LL, Omaha
Boone National LL, Boone
Seneca LLSeneca, Missouri
Canyon Lake LL, Rapid City, South Dakota
Girard LL, Girard
Perryville LL, Perryville
Appleton LL, Appleton
Riverfield LL, Anderson
Itasca LL, Grand Rapids
Wheelersburg LL, Wheelersburg
KentuckySouth London LL London
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Here is a great article about umps really earning some mileage miles this summer:
Umps Go Out of Their Way to Make the Call
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — You can’t take a step at any Little League game without running into legions of volunteers — coaches, officials, scorekeepers, groundskeepers, etc.
But umpires Jack Ruscoe of Salem, Ore., and Joey Broxmeyer of Rialto, Calif., are giving much more than their time to Little League Softball’s European Regionals.
(click on link to keep reading)
Southeast Regional Opening Ceremonies
"South Portland (Maine) Softball Team off to N.Y."
The Southwest Regional line-up is set; the tournament begins this weekend in Waco, Texas:
Edna LL, Edna
Grand Mesa LL, Grand Junction
Crawford LL, Crawford
Jackson Parish LL, Jackson Parish
Silver City LL, Silver City
Bearden LL, Bearden
The West Regional begins Saturday in Vancouver, Washington:
Nunaka Valley LL, Anchorage
San Tan Softball LL, Mesa
Enterprise LL, Enterprise
Bellevue Thunderbird LL, Bellevue
Gilroy LL, Gilroy
Lewiston LL, Lewiston
Klamath Falls LL, Klamath Falls
Boulder Arrowhead/Big Sky LL, Billings
Burbank LL, Burbank
Columbia LL, Vancouver, Washington
Safe travels and good luck!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The Southeast Regional tournament, in Ceredo-Kenova, West Virginia, begins tomorrow with South Carolina vs. Tennessee. Formerly known as the South representative, this tournament has produced three of the last four Softball World Series champions!
The following state champions will compete to represent the Southeast in the 2009 Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon:
Phenix City Fastpitch LL, Phenix City
Windermere LL, Windermere
Warner Robins American LL, Warner Robins
Canton LL, Canton
Blue Ridge/Northwest/Wade Hampton LL, Greer
Clarksville Northwest LL, Clarksville
McLean LL, McLean
(2005 World Champs)
Wayne LL, Wayne
The Southeast Regional is in the news!
Congrats and good luck!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Oregon D4 will begin World Series action on Thursday, August 13 versus Southwest at Alpenrose!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Several teams have already won their regional tournaments and ready to fly here next month:
Representing Latin America:
Soraida Juliana LL, Willemstad, Curacao NA
Representing Asia Pacific:
Guam LL, Guam
Representing EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa):
Lombardia LL, Milano, Italy
And away we go! The heat of the summer brings out the best in our softball players -- good luck and enjoy the ride. Hope to see you in Portland and we'll be following all of the news starting NOW! :)
Thursday, February 12, 2009
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Feb. 11, 2009) – The National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Softball League and Little League International have established a partnership that will provide the Little League Softball program with additional training and education resources, and expand awareness and opportunities for the NPF and the nearly 400,000 girls who play in the various divisions of Little League Softball.
As teams and leagues around the country gear up for the 2009 season, this great news should provide a boost for coaches and players as they build skills and form teams.