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Jinwon Na sparks 2 South Korea rallies in victory

Here’s a closer look at South Chungcheong, South Korea’s, 10-3 win over Maracaibo, Venezuela, in the opening round of the International field Friday. PLAY OF THE GAME: Venezuela’s Brando Fernandez made one of the best catches you will ever see at the Little League World Series, charging ...

South Korea team built to frustrate defenses

Minwook Park readied himself on the third-base bag. Just in case Venezuela’s Brando Fernandez made an incredible catch in foul territory, he wanted to be prepared to race home. Fernandez sprawled out over the cinder warning track in front of the scorer’s table on the third-base foul line. ...

Mexico blanks Canada

Here’s a closer look at Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon’s 5-0 win over Coquitlam, British Columbia, on Friday at Volunteer Stadium: PLAY OF THE GAME: The game could have gotten out of hand early for Canada, but the right arm of starting pitcher Matt Shanley wouldn’t allow it to. He loaded the ...

Garcia’s double lifts New Jersey

A closer look at the Elizabeth, New Jersey’s 6-2 win over Salem, Oregon, on Friday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Sal Garcia’s fifth-inning double — Oregon led New Jersey, 2-1, and was five outs from victory when Garcia started changing the game’s complexion and ignited a big ...

Hawaii’s Pascual stifled Louisiana’s rallies

A closer look at the Wailuki, Hawaii, 5-2 win over River Ridge, Louisiana, on Friday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Logan Kuloloia’s first-inning RBI infield single — Hawaii had the bases loaded with two outs in the first inning of a game it trailed 1-0 when Kuloloia came to bat. He ...

Knutson’s diving catch helps secure Minnesota’s win

A closer look at the 2-1 Coon Rapids, Minnesota, win over Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Friday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Jaxon Knutson’s Ozzie Smith impersonation — Kentucky had the tying runner on second and go-ahead runner at first when, Knutson flew through the air like ...

Virginia trio combine on no-hitter to beat Rhode Island

A closer look at the 3-0 South Riding, Virginia, win over Barrington, Rhode Island, on Friday at Lamade Stadium as Justin Lee, Liam Thyen and Chase Obstgarten combined on a no-hitter. PLAY OF THE GAME: Brady Yates’s go-ahead home run — Alex Anderson pitched a fantastic game for Rhode ...

Storms postpone Thursday’s games; full slate of action today

Heavy storms came through the area Thursday afternoon and prevented three of the four scheduled Little League World Series opening games from being played. That rain forced a full slate of games today, as seven contests will be played, starting at 10 a.m. All the United States games ...

Freking helped Minnesota get to Series

Coon Rapids, Minnesota, second baseman Maddie Freking will become the 19th female player to compete at the Little League World Series when she plays against Bowling Green, Kentucky, today. That is quite an achievement, but the Coon Rapids Andover American Little League will remember her, not ...

Bowdens have 3 generations from the LL World Series

Royce Bowden once was the fastest player competing at the Little League World Series. While his Hampton, Virginia, team lost its lone 1954 Little League World Series game, Bowden did not leave empty-handed, winning the speed race at the event’s Skills Competition. That is one of many fond ...

Goodnight’s presence still with team

Bowling Green East Little League’s most valuable player cannot be labeled via position. He is not at shortstop, not on the mound, not at the plate smashing mammoth home runs. Mason Goodnight is everywhere. Goodnight played with the Bowling Green Little Leaguers growing up, establishing ...

After opening districts with loss, Rhode Island is now at World Series

More than 6,500 teams play Little League baseball and pursue the Little League World Series. Few of those teams faced longer odds of reaching that destination following their first all-star game than did Barrington Little League. The Rhode Island team dropped its first District 2 game ...

Maddox Louque providing team with inspiration

His IV bag still attached, Maddox Louque could not be stopped. Less than two weeks after receiving a stem cell transplant, the 9-year-old was bouncing through the hospital hallways playing baseball against the staff’s nurses. Louque has fought the nastiest of fights since 2016, but he is ...

Martha’s 2-run homer helps Curacao pull away in win

A closer look at Willemstad, Curacao’s 11-0, four-inning win over Sydney, New South Wales on Thursday afternoon at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Curley Martha’s two-run home run — The first home run of the Series pushed Curacao closer to a mercy-rule result with a 9-0 lead, ...

Sprague LL never advanced beyond states prior to 2019

Salem may be Oregon’s second-largest city, but it often appeared small on the Little League Baseball scale. The population approaches 165,000, but Salem features only five Little League programs. Not surprisingly, the Sprague Little League in Salem did not have much history entering the ...

With long layoff before LLWS, scrimmages can be scarce

Before Thursday afternoon, Cronulla Little League out of Sydney, New South Wales hadn’t played a meaningful game in more than two months. The undefeated Australian region champions were the first team to qualify for the Little League World Series on June 10 with a 5-2 win over Ryde Red Little ...

Rule change means only 11 and 12 year olds at this year’s LLWS

Some of the world’s best Little League players will continue making outstanding plays, delivering outstanding pitching performances and collecting key hits. But there will be a striking difference between this Little League World Series and the others fans have watched over the years. The ...

US players to watch at LLWS

As television shows display the day’s best plays over the next 11 days, they often will be featuring 11 and 12 year olds. These are the best of the best plays and these are the best of the best Little League Baseball players. That is why so many will be seen making the kind of plays that ...

Hawaii is world’s best after beating South Korea

One out from achieving Little League Baseball immortality, pitcher Ka’olu Holt squatted behind the mound and surveyed the scene. He then looked toward second baseman Sean Yamaguchi and pumped his fist. Holt knew how good his team was. He knew how well he was throwing. He knew all that ...

Cutters rout Scrappers

WILLIAMSPORT — Out of the Pinckney Division championship picture, Williamsport found itself playing the role of spoiler on Sunday night. Combining strong pitching with timely hitting, the Cutters downed division-leading Mahoning Valley, 11-0, before 1,968 fans at Bowman Field. “Tonight ...