By the Numbers

1 Host team in Babe Ruth's top three age groups (13- to 15-year-olds, 16-year-olds and 16- to 18-year-olds) that has won a World Series: Stamford, Conn., in 1971. Ninety-nine tournaments have been held in those age divisions, the first in 1952.

3 Fielding errors for Beechmont, Ky., in the 11 games the team has played together. "We're solid," Beechmont Coach Barry Terrell said. "And the whole infield is [made up of] 15-year-olds."

3 Babe Ruth organizations taking part in this year's World Series that have won championships in previous years: Syracuse (2003), Mid-County (2002) and Bakersfield (1998 in Purcellville) are all past winners.

7 Days of school that would be missed by members of the Mobile, Ala., team, provided it reaches at least the semifinals of the World Series: Classes began in Alabama this past Monday, but the team will travel today to Loudoun County.

18 Days between games for the Mid-County, Tex., team: The Southwest regional ended July 27, and Mid-County has played only a few scrimmages since then before its opening-round game Saturday against Northern Fairfax. "We've been idle for so long," Mid-County Coach Jeremy Grant said, "we'd just like to play ball."