August 19, 2005

Davenport sends team to Little League World Series for second year in a row

Davenport Northwest Little League From Davenport, Iowa, Wins Midwest Championship, Returns to 2005 Little League Baseball World Series
Little League Press Release
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 12, 2005) – A team from Davenport, Iowa, became the second U.S. region representative, and ninth overall, to earn a berth in the 2005 Little League Baseball World Series by winning the Midwest championship on Stokely Field at the Ruben F. Glick Little League Baseball Center, Friday night in Indianapolis.

Davenport Northwest Little League defeated Centennial Lakes East Little League from Circle Pines, Minn., 6-4, to win the championship game. Davenport Northwest Little League finished the six-team regional tournament with a 6-0 record, and will represent the Midwest Region in Williamsport, Pa., for the second consecutive year.

Teams representing the Midwest Region have never played in the Little League Baseball World Series championship game. Davenport Northwest Little League is the ninth Iowa state champion to advance to the Little League Baseball World Series. This is the fifth time a team from the city of Davenport has qualified for the World Series.

The Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds will be played in Williamsport, Aug. 19-28. Sixteen teams from around the world will take part.
ESPN and ESPN2 and WOC-AM 1420 radio will be broadcasting all of Davenport Northwest's games, starting with Friday's 7 p.m. game against Southeast region champs from Maitland, Fla.

Davenport also plays Hawaii Sunday at 2 p.m. and Pennsylvania on Monday at 7 p.m.

The semifinals are next week, Wednesday through Friday. The U.S. and International championships are next Saturday, and the world title will be decided next Sunday.
ABC will televise the Little League Baseball World Series U.S. championship game on Aug. 27, at 3:30 p.m. The world championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series can be seen live on ABC at 3:30 p.m., on Aug. 28. Twenty-seven other World Series games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 for a total of 29 games on national television.
I'm not exactly the world's biggest baseball freak, but I think it's incredibly cool that a local team is going to the Little League WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP for the second year in a row! I mean, that's really an accomplishment, with them having to play and win an amazing number of games against top notch team to even advance this far, and though it went largely unnoticed last year, at least this year Mediacom is running some catchy commercials to promote the team's ESPN appearances.

I caught some of the games last year on ESPN, and they're very exciting to watch, especially when you realize that these guys are only 11-12 years old. They're amazing and play incredible ball under unimaginable pressure.

I caught the team from Hawaii in a game televised this week, and these guys are killers. I see Davenport has to get past them to advance. But the beauty of this level of play is that anything can happen, and usually does. Go Davenport!!

3 Comments:

At 8/19/2005 6:37 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

I have always wondered why the QC area can't host the little league world series? I mean just 90 miles away from here is the actual "field of dreams" in a cornfield from the movie still sitting there. Wouldn't that be a cool place to have a series?

If the QC area could unite between two states somehow and market as a real unit, we'd have enough population to get some notice nationally but we haven't been able to join two cities or do the super city initiative because of massive parochialism on the part of past and current mayors and city officials.

That my friends would be a real progressive way of thinking and quite rare. It would take a huge leader - one the likes of which we have not yet seen in any spot held by anyone elected and especially appointed to office in our area.

Mike Jacobs - show us your walk on water claims could be something- see if you can promote a super city idea and get the cities to merge? You are buddies with all the chamber folks - they can help you. Do you have the guts to do anything that bold? Show me.

Prove that you aren't just some hack appointed to office by your dad Mikkie Jacobs.

 
At 8/19/2005 7:37 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

As a matter of fact, Moline Little League hosted the Illinois state tournament this year at their facilities at Riverside park. It was a great success and a real feather in the local organization's hat.

With the girl's softball tournament here a year or two ago, we're not doing too bad.

And there is no way in hell that they'll ever move the Little League World Series to anywhere but it's traditional and original home, Williamsport, PA.

The midwest regional tourney's are held in Indianapolis.

 
At 8/19/2005 6:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dope I think that the only constant in life is change and maybe little league can change and move the big league games here....... Someone should shoot for it!

 

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