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Little League World Series gets started in Williamsport
2006-08-17 20:19
by Bob Timmermann

The 60th Little League World Series starts Friday in Williamsport. The first game is at 1 pm PT and matches Porstmouth, NH and Beaverton, OR.

The other U.S. participants are: Staten Island, NY; Lemont, IL; Phoenix, AZ; Columbus, GA; Columbia, MO; Lake Charles, LA.

The international participants are: Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands; Barquisimeto, Venezuela; Surrey, BC; Dharan, Saudi Arabia; Matamors, Tamaulipas; Kawaguchi City, Japan; Moscow, Russia; Willemstad, Curacao. Curacao won in 2004 and lost in the championship game in 2005.

The championship game is scheduled for Sunday, August 27 at 12:30 pm PT with Brent Musburger and Joe Morgan calling the action! Can't wait.

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Last year, the kids from Ewa Beach, HI, beat the kids from Curacao 7-6 in seven innings on a walkoff homer by Michael Memea in one of the most exciting baseball games I've ever seen.

No, I'm not exaggerating.

2006-08-17 23:04:51
1.   Linkmeister
We have two Pearl City teams in other tournaments right now.

"Regardless of the result of its game Thursday, Pearl City's Senior Little League team will advance to the semifinals of the World Series for 14- to 16-year-olds in Bangor, Maine."

"Pearl City's Little League Juniors defeated South Bend, Ind., 5-1, Thursday and will advance to the United States Championship game Friday in the World Series for 13- and 14-year-olds in Taylor, Mich."

From the Advertiser:

2006-08-18 00:22:21
2.   808Bears
Represent the 808 state!
Though being from Aiea and rooting for Pearl City is like, well, I'm not sure what it's like. Weird. Maybe like if the Giants and Yankees were to play... (like in 2007)
2006-08-18 11:38:16
3.   Linkmeister
2 If there are regional differences on the island of Oahu I've yet to discover them in my 28 years living here. What have I missed? ;)
2006-08-18 11:55:15
4.   Bob Timmermann
One of my coworkers, who grew up in Honolulu, referred to Ewa Beach as a bit of a dump where her family rarely ventured. It was the wrong side of the tracks.

Or it would have been, if there were trains on Oahu.

However, she was very happy that the kids won.

2006-08-18 13:29:23
5.   Linkmeister
4 Well, yeah, it's not the high-toned part of theisland, but at the moment it's the place where housing prices are still below stratospheric levels (I think).

Oahu once did have trains, mostly for hauling sugar cane to mills.

2006-08-18 14:16:40
6.   808Bears
2 Aiea and Pearl City are two of the hotbeds of youth baseball on Oahu; thus the rivalry. No real venom, just that the road to the state championship and the trip to mainland usually went through one or the other. Kaahumanu St. is the (imaginary) line, I believe.

4 Funny that Ewa Beach is actually on the other side of said train tracks, but it is mostly a community for young families because that's all they can afford. Not particularly dangerous, except maybe for road rage after commuting over an hour each way...

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