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New England slams the Northwest in Series opener

Updated: August 18, 2006, 11:18 PM ET
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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Billy Hartmann started off Portsmouth's stay at the Little League World Series in grand fashion.

Hartmann capped a five-run first inning with a grand slam as the New Hampshire club posted a 6-1 victory over Beaverton, Oregon in the opening game of the LLWS.

The New England region champion, Portsmouth received national attention when it advanced to the finals in the region finals last Friday despite losing to a team from Vermont because of a rule violation.

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