The McLean All-Stars will continue their historic quest this afternoon in Portland, Oregon, when they begin pool play in the Little League Softball World Series.

On Saturday, McLean defeated West Virginia's state champions, 12-1, to capture the South Regional Tournament and become the first team from Northern Virginia to reach the Little League Softball World Series. No team from Virginia has won the tournament, which attracts teams of 11- and 12-year-old girls from around the globe.

Ten teams reached the World Series and have been divided into two pools. McLean is in Pool B along with teams from the West and Central regions of the United States along with a team from Europe and a team from the Asia-Pacific region. Pool A consists of teams from the Northwest, Southwest and East regions of the United States, a team from Canada and a team from Latin America.

The teams within each pool play each other, and the teams with the top two records from each pool advance to the semifinals next Tuesday. The winners of that game play in the championship a week from today. The semifinal games and the final will be shown on ESPN2.

McLean was dominant in reaching the World Series. The All-Stars outscored their opponents 101-7 through their first 11 games.