Final World Series berths determined
The Taney Youth Baseball Association Little League became the first team from the city of Philadelphia to ever qualify for the Little League World Series, earning the Mid-Atlantic regional title Sunday in Bristol, Conn., with an 8-0 victory over defending regional champ Newark, Del.
The final International spot was also claimed Sunday in Valleyfield, Quebec, as South Vancouver Little?League, of Vancouver, B.C., earned the Canadian regional title with a 4-1 win over Toronto High Park Little?League, of Toronto.
Taney, a Philadelphia-based 20-year old youth sports association playing in its second season with a Little League charter, went 5-1 at regionals.
Mo’Ne Davis threw a complete-game, 80-pitch shutout in the title game, as she allowed three hits and three walks while striking out six batters. Scott Bandura and Jahli Hendricks each had two hits for Taney, while Bandura, Jack Rice, Zion Spearman and Jared Sprague-Lott each had two RBIs.
Hendricks and Spearman also scored twice for Taney, which took control with four runs in the first inning and two more in the second.
Taney’s first Little?League World Series game as Mid-Atlantic regional champion is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 16, at 3 p.m. at Lamade Stadium vs. Southeast regional champion South Nashville (Tenn.) LL, which has already arrived and taken swings in the batting cages below Volunteer Stadium.
The Philadelphia region sent a handful of teams to the Little League World Series in the 1950s and 1960s, and also Council Rock Newtown Little?League in 2005.
The most recent Pennsylvania state champion was nearby Keystone Little?League, from Clinton County, in 2011.
The Canadian team plays its first Little League World Series game on Friday, Aug. 16, at 1 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium vs. Guadalupe, Mexico.
The Series, which runs Aug. 14-24, opens with Seoul, South Korea, playing Brno, Czech Republic, on Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium.
Festivities begin with the Little League Grand Slam parade in downtown Williamsport this Wednesday, with Hall-of-Famer Dave Winfield serving as grand marshal.
Montoursville’s Mike Mussina, also a longtime New York Yankee, will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence before the title game on Sunday, Aug. 24, at Lamade Stadium.