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Can South Portland LL Match ’05 Westbrook?

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2005 Westbrook LL All Stars / Little League Photo

It has been 17 years since a Maine team has played at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The South Portland All Star team will try to end the streak today at the New England Regional title game against Connecticut.

ESPN cameras will be there to cover it live at 1pm.

The South Portland American team is already a cinderella story. A district champion for the first time in over 20 years. A state champion for the first time in 50 years.

At the regional in Bristol have had to come-from-behind on several occations. An tourney opening win over Vermont 9-7, scoring seven runs in the 6th inning. After losing 8-0 to Connecticut, SoPo beat Rhode Island, Vermont again and then New Hampshire to work their way to the winner-goes-to-Williamsport game today.

It could be argued that Connecticut has had the easier trip through the regional. The Fairfield American LL team had a bye and then went 2-0 to get to the championship game.

No matter what happens today, South Portland will leave the tourney will the most wins, a 4-1 record into the title game.


2005 Westbrook All Stars: Twelve years ago, the kids from Westbrook won the state championship and then went on to win the New England Regional in Bristol, Connecticut. The team lost its first two games in Williamsport before winning a consolation bracket game.

1971 Augusta East All Stars: 46 years ago, Augusta East took part in what was then an 8-team LLWS. Augusta got shut out by Spain 5-0, then scored a 1-0 win over Kentucky before losing to Puerto Rico.

1951 Portland Suburban All Stars: 66 years ago, the Portland Little Leaguers played in an 8-team single elimination LLWS and lost to Texas 3-1 after getting a first round bye.

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2017 South Portland LL Photo / ESPN Studios

New England Region Tournament (2001-Present)

Year Result
2016 Warwick North (Rhode Island) 5, Fairfield American (Connecticut) 1
2015 Cranston Western (Rhode Island) 10, Bedford (New Hampshire) 4
2014 Cumberland American (Rhode Island) 10, Fairfield American (Connecticut) 6
2013 Westport (CT) 1, Lincoln (RI) 0
2012 Fairfield American (CT) 14, Bedford (NH) 0 (6 innings)
2011 Cumberland American (RI) 13, Andover National (MA) 7
2010 Fairfield American (CT) 1, Cumberland National (RI) 0
2009 Peabody Western (MA) 11, Lincoln (RI) 7
2008 Shelton National (CT) 2, Manchester North (NH) 1
2007 Walpole American (MA) 14, Shelton National (CT) 4 (5 innings)
2006 Portsmouth (NH) 3, Glastonbury American (CT) 0
2005 Westbrook (ME) 7, Cranston Western (RI) 2
2004 Lincoln (RI) 3, Portsmouth (NH) 0
2003 Saugus American (MA) 4, Augusta West (ME) 0
2002 Jesse Burkett (Worcester, MA) 1, Portsmouth (RI) 0
2001 Lincoln (RI) 6, South Burlington (VT) 3

Eastern Region Tournament (1957-2000)

Year Result
2000 Goffstown (NH) 1, Rolando Paulino (Bronx, NY) 0 (7 innings)
1999 Toms River East American (NJ) 3, Middleboro (MA) 0
1998 Toms River East American (NJ) 2, Georgetown (DE) 0
1997 Railway Park (Pottsville, PA) 2, St. Mary’s American (Hollywood/California, MD) 1
1996 Cranston Western (RI) 4, Franklin (PA) 1 (7 innings)
1995 Toms River East American (NJ) 11, Brandywine (Wilmington, DE) 0
1994 Middleboro (MA) 7, Millburn-Short Hills (NJ) 1
1993 Bedford (NH) 1, Southington Northern (CT) 0
1992 Nottingham (Hamilton Square, NJ) 8, Manchester South (NH) 0
1991 South Shore American (Staten Island, NY) 5, South Vineland (NJ) 4
1990 Shippensburg (PA) 8, Newark American (DE) 2
1989 Trumbull National (CT Div. 1) 15, Brandywine (Wilmington, DE) 5
1988 Andover National (MA) 9, Brandywine (Wilmington, DE) 6 (9 innings)
1987 Dover North (NH) 4, Montoursville (PA) 1
1986 Brunswick (MD) 9, Ozone Howard (Queens, NY Metro) 3
1985 South Shore (Staten Island, NY Metro) 13, Westfield North (MA) 1
1984 McCabe-Waters (Bristol, CT) 1, Palisades Park (NJ) 0
1983 Stamford American (CT) 5, Fair-North (Woonsocket, RI) 1
1982 Easton (MD) 4, Millis (MA) 2
1981 Stamford Federal (CT) 8, North Burlington (VT) 1
1980 Darlington American (Pawtucket, RI) 4, Newark National (DE) 0
1979 Ridgewood National (NJ) 4, North Braddock (PA) 2
1978 Rockville Centre American (NY Metro) 3, Connnellsville (PA) 0
1977 Carman (Rotterdam, NY) 6, Dover (NH) 1
1976 Forestville (CT) 2, South Shore (Staten Island, NY) 1 (7 innings)
1975 Lakewood (NJ) 4, Carbino Club (Jessup, PA) 2
1974 Walter “Pop” Smith (New Haven, CT) 3, Livingston (NJ) 2
1973 Colonie (NY) 6, Hagerstown National (MD) 2
1972 New City (NY) 5, Manchester (NH) 0
1971 Augusta East (ME) 3, Wallington (NJ) 2
1970 Wayne American (NJ) 3, DuBois (PA) 2
1969 Newberry (Williamsport, PA) 8, Smithtown (NY) 4
1968 Hagerstown National (MD) 10, Parkway National (West Roxbury, MA) 0
1967 Newtown-Edgmont (Newtown Square, PA) 1, West New York American (NJ) 0
1966 West New York American (NJ) 16, Huntingdon (PA) 10
1965 Windsor Locks (CT) 4, Danvers National (MA) 3
1964 Mid-Island (Staten Island, NY) 14, New London National (CT) 1
1963 Stratford Original (CT) 6, Connellsville (PA) 0
1962 Pitman (NJ) 4, Back Mountain (Dallas, PA) 1
1961 Levittown American (PA) 8, Darien (CT) 0
1960 Levittown American (PA) 3, Newton West (MA) 1
1959 Schenectady National (NY) 6, Bridgeport Northern (CT) 2
1958 Darien (CT) 8, South Utica (NY) 0
1957 North End (Bridgeport, CT) 1, Haverstraw (NY) 0

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