Maryland, Michigan, Texas qualify teams for Senior League World Series

Posted Aug. 11, 2011, at 5:22 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 11, 2011, at 9:53 p.m.

The 10-team field for the 2011 Senior League World Series is now complete.

The Easton/Home Run Baker Little League of Talbot County, Md., claimed the final ticket bound for Mansfield Stadium in Bangor on Thursday afternoon by winning the U.S. East regional tournament with a 12-7 victory over Wyoming, Pa., at West Deptford, N.J.

That followed the berths secured Wednesday night by Midland, Mich., and Tyler, Texas.

Midland, Mich., edged Hazard/Leslie County, Ky., 7-5 to win the U.S. Central tournament at Peru, Ill., while the Rose Capital East Little League of Tyler, Texas, edged Laredo, Texas, 4-3 in the U.S. Southwest championships at Seguin, Texas.

Talbot County, Md., entered Thursday’s U.S. East championship round needing just one more victory to advance after emerging as the final undefeated team in that 10-team qualifying tournament that also included Maine champion Waldo County.

But Wyoming, Pa., which lost its second game of the regional, rallied through the losers bracket to win four straight games to advance to the championship round, then defeated Talbot County 9-5 on Thursday morning to force a winner-take-all final game.

Talbot County fell behind 6-3 in the bottom of the second but then outscored Wyoming, Pa., 9-1 over the final five innings to become the first non-New Jersey team to represent the U.S. East in the Senior League World Series since Newark, Del., in 2000.

The Maryland team will make its SLWS debut at 1 p.m. Monday against Canadian champion Notre Dame de Grace Little League of Montreal, Quebec.

The Northeast/Fraternal Northwest Little League of Midland, Mich., becomes the first team from that state to represent the U.S. Central in the SLWS since Niles, Mich., in 2007.

Midland went just 2-2 in regional pool play this year, losing to host Peru, Ill., 6-0 and to Kentucky 7-5, but still advanced to the semifinals through tiebreakers.

The Midland Seniors then avenged both of their losses, eliminating previously unbeaten Peru, Ill., 17-8 in the semifinals before defeating its Kentucky rival in the championship game.

Midland will have a bye on Sunday’s opening day of the Senior League World Series, then will begin its pool play schedule at 10 a.m. Monday against U.S. Southeast champion Palm Bay, Fla.

Tyler, Texas, returns to the SLWS for the first time in four years after going 4-0 while representing Texas East at the U.S. Southwest regional. The 2007 Rose Capital East Seniors went undefeated in SLWS pool play before falling to eventual champion Cartersville, Ga., 4-1 in the semifinals.

This marks the fifth straight year a Texas team has represented the U.S. Southwest in the Senior League World Series.

The Texans will begin their SLWS schedule at 5:30 p.m. Sunday against Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, the Europe-Middle East-Asia representative.

The tournament begins at noon Sunday with host Maine District 3 champion Brewer facing the Canadian champions from Montreal.

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