Can South Portland LL Match ’05 Westbrook?
It has been 17 years since a Maine team has played at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The South Portland All Star team will try to end the streak today at the New England Regional title game against Connecticut.
ESPN cameras will be there to cover it live at 1pm.
The South Portland American team is already a cinderella story. A district champion for the first time in over 20 years. A state champion for the first time in 50 years.
At the regional in Bristol have had to come-from-behind on several occations. An tourney opening win over Vermont 9-7, scoring seven runs in the 6th inning. After losing 8-0 to Connecticut, SoPo beat Rhode Island, Vermont again and then New Hampshire to work their way to the winner-goes-to-Williamsport game today.
It could be argued that Connecticut has had the easier trip through the regional. The Fairfield American LL team had a bye and then went 2-0 to get to the championship game.
No matter what happens today, South Portland will leave the tourney will the most wins, a 4-1 record into the title game.
MAINE TEAMS @ LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
2005 Westbrook All Stars: Twelve years ago, the kids from Westbrook won the state championship and then went on to win the New England Regional in Bristol, Connecticut. The team lost its first two games in Williamsport before winning a consolation bracket game.
1971 Augusta East All Stars: 46 years ago, Augusta East took part in what was then an 8-team LLWS. Augusta got shut out by Spain 5-0, then scored a 1-0 win over Kentucky before losing to Puerto Rico.
1951 Portland Suburban All Stars: 66 years ago, the Portland Little Leaguers played in an 8-team single elimination LLWS and lost to Texas 3-1 after getting a first round bye.
New England Region Tournament (2001-Present)
|2016||Warwick North (Rhode Island) 5, Fairfield American (Connecticut) 1|
|2015||Cranston Western (Rhode Island) 10, Bedford (New Hampshire) 4|
|2014||Cumberland American (Rhode Island) 10, Fairfield American (Connecticut) 6|
|2013||Westport (CT) 1, Lincoln (RI) 0|
|2012||Fairfield American (CT) 14, Bedford (NH) 0 (6 innings)|
|2011||Cumberland American (RI) 13, Andover National (MA) 7|
|2010||Fairfield American (CT) 1, Cumberland National (RI) 0|
|2009||Peabody Western (MA) 11, Lincoln (RI) 7|
|2008||Shelton National (CT) 2, Manchester North (NH) 1|
|2007||Walpole American (MA) 14, Shelton National (CT) 4 (5 innings)|
|2006||Portsmouth (NH) 3, Glastonbury American (CT) 0|
|2005||Westbrook (ME) 7, Cranston Western (RI) 2|
|2004||Lincoln (RI) 3, Portsmouth (NH) 0|
|2003||Saugus American (MA) 4, Augusta West (ME) 0|
|2002||Jesse Burkett (Worcester, MA) 1, Portsmouth (RI) 0|
|2001||Lincoln (RI) 6, South Burlington (VT) 3|
Eastern Region Tournament (1957-2000)
|2000||Goffstown (NH) 1, Rolando Paulino (Bronx, NY) 0 (7 innings)|
|1999||Toms River East American (NJ) 3, Middleboro (MA) 0|
|1998||Toms River East American (NJ) 2, Georgetown (DE) 0|
|1997||Railway Park (Pottsville, PA) 2, St. Mary's American (Hollywood/California, MD) 1|
|1996||Cranston Western (RI) 4, Franklin (PA) 1 (7 innings)|
|1995||Toms River East American (NJ) 11, Brandywine (Wilmington, DE) 0|
|1994||Middleboro (MA) 7, Millburn-Short Hills (NJ) 1|
|1993||Bedford (NH) 1, Southington Northern (CT) 0|
|1992||Nottingham (Hamilton Square, NJ) 8, Manchester South (NH) 0|
|1991||South Shore American (Staten Island, NY) 5, South Vineland (NJ) 4|
|1990||Shippensburg (PA) 8, Newark American (DE) 2|
|1989||Trumbull National (CT Div. 1) 15, Brandywine (Wilmington, DE) 5|
|1988||Andover National (MA) 9, Brandywine (Wilmington, DE) 6 (9 innings)|
|1987||Dover North (NH) 4, Montoursville (PA) 1|
|1986||Brunswick (MD) 9, Ozone Howard (Queens, NY Metro) 3|
|1985||South Shore (Staten Island, NY Metro) 13, Westfield North (MA) 1|
|1984||McCabe-Waters (Bristol, CT) 1, Palisades Park (NJ) 0|
|1983||Stamford American (CT) 5, Fair-North (Woonsocket, RI) 1|
|1982||Easton (MD) 4, Millis (MA) 2|
|1981||Stamford Federal (CT) 8, North Burlington (VT) 1|
|1980||Darlington American (Pawtucket, RI) 4, Newark National (DE) 0|
|1979||Ridgewood National (NJ) 4, North Braddock (PA) 2|
|1978||Rockville Centre American (NY Metro) 3, Connnellsville (PA) 0|
|1977||Carman (Rotterdam, NY) 6, Dover (NH) 1|
|1976||Forestville (CT) 2, South Shore (Staten Island, NY) 1 (7 innings)|
|1975||Lakewood (NJ) 4, Carbino Club (Jessup, PA) 2|
|1974||Walter "Pop" Smith (New Haven, CT) 3, Livingston (NJ) 2|
|1973||Colonie (NY) 6, Hagerstown National (MD) 2|
|1972||New City (NY) 5, Manchester (NH) 0|
|1971||Augusta East (ME) 3, Wallington (NJ) 2|
|1970||Wayne American (NJ) 3, DuBois (PA) 2|
|1969||Newberry (Williamsport, PA) 8, Smithtown (NY) 4|
|1968||Hagerstown National (MD) 10, Parkway National (West Roxbury, MA) 0|
|1967||Newtown-Edgmont (Newtown Square, PA) 1, West New York American (NJ) 0|
|1966||West New York American (NJ) 16, Huntingdon (PA) 10|
|1965||Windsor Locks (CT) 4, Danvers National (MA) 3|
|1964||Mid-Island (Staten Island, NY) 14, New London National (CT) 1|
|1963||Stratford Original (CT) 6, Connellsville (PA) 0|
|1962||Pitman (NJ) 4, Back Mountain (Dallas, PA) 1|
|1961||Levittown American (PA) 8, Darien (CT) 0|
|1960||Levittown American (PA) 3, Newton West (MA) 1|
|1959||Schenectady National (NY) 6, Bridgeport Northern (CT) 2|
|1958||Darien (CT) 8, South Utica (NY) 0|
|1957||North End (Bridgeport, CT) 1, Haverstraw (NY) 0|