The 2010 Little League World Series schedule begins today. The first game of the 2010 Little League World Series is Auburn vs. Fairfield, with all of the games ready to take place at the facilities in Williamsport, Penn.. It’s an exciting day for the world of Little League Baseball, where 16 teams from around the world begin the final few steps toward playing for the 2010 Little League Baseball Championship.
The last of the 16 teams (Toms River, New Jersey) qualified out of the Mid-Atlantic Regional on Monday, and now the brackets are ready to go. Friday, Aug. 20, begins with the opening ceremonies, which start at 8 a.m. PST, and will be taking place at Volunteer Stadium.
Game 1 of the 2010 Little League World Series schedule is at 10 a.m. PST, with New England vs. Northwest. These are two teams from Pool B at the World Series, with the New England team represented by Fairfield, Conn., and the Northwest team represented by Auburn, Wash..
The Auburn vs. Fairfield game should be a great match-up, and this is a Washington State team that put up some amazing offensive numbers during the Northwest Regional last weekend. Look for them to try to get out of the gate quickly on Friday, and for this to be an offense that the New England team should be a bit worried about. The two other teams that will try to emerge from Pool B are Plymouth, Minnesota, representing the Midwest Region, and Pearland, Texas, representing the Southwest Region.
It’s a very busy day for the 2010 Little League World Series, with four games on the docket. The games are split between two stadiums so that they can prepare the stadiums in-between match-ups, and the games will all take place at either Volunteer Stadium or Lamade Stadium. The second game on Friday’s schedule is Midwest vs. Southwest, as Plymouth takes on Pearland in the other side of the Pool B bracket. The winners of these first two games will play at 5 p.m. PST on Sunday, Aug. 22. The losers will also play against each other, with that game scheduled for 5 p.m. PST on Saturday, Aug. 21.
Finishing out the first day of competition at the 2010 Little League World Series will be Pool C, which is one of the two pools set up for the International Little League teams. At 3 p.m. PST, it’s Caribbean vs. Europe (Puerto Rico vs. Germany), followed by Japan vs. Mexico (Tokyo vs. Nuevo Laredo) at 5 p.m. PST.
Television coverage will be pretty extensive for the Little League World Series, with the first two games on ESPN Friday and the second set of games taking place over on ESPN2.