The Plymouth-New Hope 12-year-old All Stars (Photo from Plymouth-New Hope Little League.)
For the first time since 2007, a Minnesota team will play in the Little League World Series this year.
A squad of 12-year-old boys from the Plymouth-New Hope Little League qualified for the big tournament with a win Saturday during the Midwest finals in Indianapolis.
The young players will venture to South Williamsport, Pa. Tuesday. Their first game in the World Series will be 2 p.m. Friday against a team from Pearland, Texas. The first round of the series is a double-elimination format.
Now the Plymouth-New Hope team gets to enjoy some star treatment. There will be a hometown sendoff Monday evening. They'll fly to Pennsylvania on Tuesday, while many of their parents and fans will make the trek on the road.
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The team's first game will be streamed live on ESPN3. And if the Minnesota boys keep winning, their games will be on ABC.
They'll be aiming to fare better than a Coon Rapids team that made the World Series in 2007. That team was eliminated in the first round by winning one game and losing two.
Here's a roundup of coverage of the Minnesota team's 2010 Little League World Series run:
Plymouth/New Hope (Minn.) Little League claimed the Midwest Region Championship, 8-3, over Rapid City, South Dakota's Canyon Lake Little League Saturday at Stokely Field in Indianapolis.
A team from the northwest metro is heading to the Little League World Series. Talor Blustin hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning and Colin Quinn followed with a solo shot to power the Minnesota All Stars, a team from the Plymouth/New Hope Little League Association, to an 8-3 win over the Canyon Lake Little League team from Rapid City, S.D. in the championship game of the Midwest Regional tournament in Indianapolis.
After winning the Midwest Regional championship and punching their ticket to the Little League World Series, a youth baseball team from Plymouth-New Hope returned home Sunday. But they will not be here very long. The team leaves for Williamsport, Pa. on Tuesday morning. "They get one shot at this in their life and to be able to get there, it's a very special thing," said John Vecere, the team's head coach.
Don't miss the opportunity to send off the Plymouth New Hope 12 Year Old All Stars as they get ready for Williamsport. The send off is Monday, August 16 at 6:30pm at the Zachary Lane Playfields.