Little League Extra

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 ...

Hawaii played a perfect final game

The boys dressed in baby blue and yellow fired their gloves toward the heavens, one by one, as if intermittent fireworks were being launched into the air. They had no more need for them, and frankly, had gotten every bit of use out of them as they could for the last five games. On an ...

Sun-Gazette’s 2018 International all-stars

--Gi Jeong Kim, South Korea (catcher): The leader on the field for the International champions controlled the game from the behind the plate as an athletic catcher who could block any ball in the dirt. A constant encourager of his pitchers, he helped guide the pitching staff to a 0.48 ERA in 25 ...

Sun-Gazette’s 2018 United States all-stars

--Anthony Colucci, Rhode Island (catcher): A defensive stopper, Colucci also provided the offense a spark, going 2 for 3 and compiling an .800 on-base percentage. Colucci delivered key hits throughout Rhode Island's road to the Little League World Series while also hitting a double, driving in ...

Japan wins consolation game

Peachtree City, Georgia all tournament had a solid defensive unit, but on Sunday afternoon it was Kawaguchi, Japan’s offense that stole the show. Masato Igarashi hit a home run, Shisei Fujimoto hit two doubles and Japan defeated Georgia at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in the consolation game ...

Hawaii, Georgia play in United States’ championship

Ask Honolulu, Hawaii who it plays for the U.S. Championship Saturday and one might be surprised hearing the response. Hawaii plays Peachtree City, Georgia, but it has never looked at its Little League all-stars as an us vs. them showdown. Each game Hawaii basically plays itself. It has viewed ...

Kea’s splitter baffles Georgia as Hawaii wins

As he sat at the very end of the press conference table with a bag of ice taped to his right shoulder, Hawaii pitcher Aukai Kea admitted that he thought he was just pitching normally and trying to hit his zone. “I didn’t even realize that I was doing that good,” Kea said. Doing ...

Japan faces South Korea in a rematch today

In tournaments to get to the Little League World Series, Kawaguchi, Japan had to come through the losers bracket twice. If it wants to get to a 15th Little League World Series Championship game, Japan is going to have to overcome a big obstacle again. Japan meets Asia-Pacific Regional ...

South Korea returns to championship game

South Korea’s manager took off his hat in disbelief and befuddlement. He was unbelievably excited his team just clinched a spot in the Little League World Series championship game, but he was also shuffling around and searching for someone to celebrate with. He found his pitcher, who ...

Hawaii presents leis to Georgia prior to game

It was Thursday morning when parts of Hawaii were being hit by Hurricane Lane. The storm was expecting to move closer to the main islands possibly by sometime Friday. And while the Honolulu, Hawaii, Little League players and coaches were thinking about the family and friends back home, so was ...

ESPN’s Negandhi speaks at Kiwanis

As he stood at the podium to address the crowd on Thursday at the Genetti Hotel as part of the annual Ray Keyes Williamsport Kiwanis Luncheon as its guest speaker, ESPN Sports Center anchor Kevin Negandhi mentioned that despite the fact he only lived 165 miles away, he never got to see the ...

Honolulu LL has achieved more than a title

The Honolulu, Hawaii Little Leaguers play for the U.S. Championship Saturday afternoon. What they are doing at the Little League World Series, though, is bigger than baseball. What they are accomplishing goes far beyond what any scoreboard says. Hurricane Lane began pummeling parts of ...

Japan blanks Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s John Lopez sprinted down the first base line hoping for a Little League mess up. The leadoff hitter in the bottom of the sixth inning, with his team losing to Japan, 1-0, Lopez wanted to get something started. His hard hit grounder down the right field line was snagged and ...

Kenty has become a big-game player

As millions watched worldwide, Jansen Kenty fell behind 0-2. The entire Peachtree City, Georgia postseason was resting on his shoulders. And Kenty felt right at home. The more pressure the better. Kenty embraces these situations like a father does a newborn child. Kenty took a pitch and ...

Georgia rallies back from 3-run deficit

Peachtree City, Georgia took the long road. It was filled with some bumps and nothing came easy. But the Southeast champions are right where they want to be. Peachtree City’s American Little League all-stars are one of the country’s two best Little League teams. And Saturday, they have a ...

Fewer home runs is a credit to bats

When Little League Baseball changed its bat rules earlier this year, many focused on the cost impact. Only bats stamped with the U.S.A. Baseball logo can now be used. U.S.A. Baseball approves all those new bats, so every bat parents had bought their children in the past essentially become an ...

Kim leads South Korea to win

South Korean pitcher Yeong Hyeon Kim admitted he started to pitch with a sidearm delivery in only the last year. If he wasn’t asked on Wednesday night about his pitching style, you would have assumed he’s been throwing that way for his entire career. Kim threw a four-inning complete ...

Bruno one of country’s top pitchers

As he entered the Little League media room, Gregory Bruno looked more like he had fought 12 rounds than pitched a baseball game. It provided the perfect illustration. That is who Bruno is. He is part pitcher, part gritty street fighter. That combination has helped him become of the ...

Honolulu LL representing Hawaii with honor

Aukai Kea never thought he would be signing autographs by age 12. But these days, Kea is receiving rock star-type treatment. So are all the Honolulu, Hawaii Little League players. Honolulu is playing at the Little League World Series and already has established itself as one of the ...