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Little League World Series 2010: Pearland, TX Defeats Plymouth, MN

On the opening day of play of the 2010 Little League World Series, the All Stars from Pearland, Texas narrowly defeated the All Stars from Plymouth, Minnesota by a score of 10-8 on Friday afternoon. Texas took a 10-4 lead into the bottom of the 6th inning before a two out grand slam brought Washington to within two runs. After a two out walk, the tying run came to the plate for Minnesota. Texas made a pitching change and the tying run was frozen on a 1-2 fastball on the outer half for strike three, thwarting the Minnesota comeback and ending the game.

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The Pearland, TX team will now take on the All Stars from Fairfield, Connecticut who are the New England regional winners. Connecticut defeated Auburn, Washington earlier today by a score of 3-1 in the World Series' opening game. The Texas/Connecticut game will be televised at 7:00 PM CDT on Sunday, August 22nd on ESPN2 and can also be viewed online at ESPN3.com

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Washington, who lost to Connecticut, will face Minnesota in an elimination game on Saturday night at 7:00 PM CDT. It will be aired on ESPN2 as well as ESPN3.com

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If you're itching for more Little League World Series action tonight, Germany will take on Puerto Rico tonight at 5 PM CDT followed by the perennial Little League power house Japan taking on Mexico at 7 PM CDT. Both games will air on ESPN 2 and ESPN3.com.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.