This happens every year...I get so busy during the tournament, I can't get over here and add some fun details and stories as they are unfolding up at Alpenrose and the 2011 Little League Softball World Series.
Also, I have to admit, I am doing a lot more on Facebook these days. I love how interactive it is and we can get instant feedback on scores and photos, and it really gives the fans a chance to cheer on their teams online.
For example, during the Central vs. West game, we had our first out-of-the-park homer on the main field since 2005! I was able to track the player down after the game, take a photo on my phone and instantly post it to the Facebook page...voila! The fans at home could see her smiling face holding the very ball that went over the fence!
I truly believe that 2011 has brought some of the best competition this tournament has ever seen. There have been some thrilling games and some great softball played by the international teams.
Today, we have two undefeated teams squaring off for #1 and #2 in Pool B: Southeast (Wilkes County, North Carolina) vs. Asia Pacific (Muntinlupa City, Philippines), at 2pmPDT. Either way, both teams will play on ESPN in the semifinals tomorrow.
In Pool A, Southwest (Waco, TX) and Latin America (Maunabo, Puerto Rico) will square off at 5:30pmPD today. Winner will join Central tomorrow in the semifinals.
It is going to be a great day!
While we wait for the action to begin, here is a roundup of the newspaper and media links regarding the LLSWS and the teams:
"Willow Creek breaks out with a win..."
"No Typical Day Off" (Central)
"In LLSWS, New City Finds Fast Friends" (East)
"Wilkes County Stays Unbeaten" (SE)
"Westchester Del Rey's Furious Rally Comes Up Short..." (West)
"Philippines Rallies, Clinches Berth..." (Asia Pacific + summary of all Sunday games)