Little League Extra

Numbers on the scoreboard not as important as experience for Italy

Bologna, Italy’s, game with Salem, Oregon, this morning at 11 at Lamade Stadium won’t mean anything to either team. Both have been eliminated from the title race at the Little League World Series, and both are 0-2. This morning’s consolation game is simply an opportunity for each team ...

Little League World Series about more than wins and losses

It was only a minute or two after Kentucky and Australia’s players went through the handshake line Monday that the two teams and coaches came together again in front of the pitcher’s mound. The Great Lakes champions and Australian champions began exchanging their hats with one another. ...

Atencio comes up clutch for LA

Here is a closer look at Maracaibo, Venezuela’s 8-7 win over Guadalupe, Mexico on Monday at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Luis Atencio came up with runners on second and third and two outs. Down by a run he had the chance to be the difference-maker in the game and he came through. ...

Huff leads Kentucky to consolation win

Here is a closer look at Bowling Green, Kentucky’s 4-1 win over Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on Monday at Volunteer Stadium in a crossover consolation game. PLAY OF THE GAME: Kentucky’s back-to-back singles in the top of the second inning set the tone for the Great Lakes champions. ...

Years-long goal of making Series achieved by New Jersey

The more improvement Elizabeth, New Jersey, players have shown this summer, the more Jairo Labrador and Lou Aponte’s arms have ached. And they are completely fine with that. The Elmora Youth Little League all-stars are competing at the Little League World Series for the first time and they ...

Imamura helps Hawaii finish off 2-day winners’ bracket victory

A closer look at the Wailuku, Hawaii 6-0 win over Elizabeth, New Jersey, Sunday and Monday at Lamade Stadium. The game started Sunday and Hawaii led 6-0 with two outs in the fifth inning before the game was suspended because of a thunderstorm. PLAY OF THE GAME: Nicholas Nashiwa came off the ...

No. 5 pitcher Rosina leads Caribbean champs past Canada

Here is a closer look at Willemstad, Cuaracao’s, 8-1 win over Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, on Monday at Lamade Stadium in an elimination game. PLAY OF THE GAME: Shendrion Martinus came up with one out and a runner on second just three batters into the game and came up big with a ...

Louisiana stays alive

A closer look at the 10-0, 4-inning River Ridge, Louisiana win over Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Monday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Ryan Darrah helped Louisiana end last night’s game early, lacing a walk-off single into right field that capped a five-run inning. It was a fitting end for ...

Just 6 years into program, River Ridge finding success

Eastbank Little League celebrated its debut six years ago. This summer it is celebrating one of the best overall seasons any Little League has ever had. A league which did not exist as late as 2013 now has produced both a Little League Baseball World Series and Little League Softball World ...

Oregon coaches allow players to play free and easy

As Idaho players celebrated making the sixth-inning’s second out, Salem, Oregon’s, Henry Mhoon took a few steps off third base. Salem trailed by a run and was an out from seeing its season end. Most players never would have thought about wandering too far from third. The situation might ...

Lee tosses no-hitter for Virginia

A closer look at the South Riding, Virginia’s 11-0, four-inning win over Coon Rapids, Minnesota, on Sunday at Lamade Stadium. Justin Lee threw a no-hitter, Virginia’s second straight at the Series. PLAY OF THE GAME: Justin Lee’s game-ending strikeout — Before 2017, no American team had ...

Big Leaguers at the Series

A photographic look at the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs visit to Williamsport and the Little League World Series.

Japan advances with shutout win

Here is a closer look at Chofu City, Tokyo’s 5-0 win over Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon on Sunday at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Pitcher Yuto Kakeba was dominant on the mound, but also with the bat as he drilled a leadoff second-inning home run to put Japan up 1-0 and they would not look ...

Elmora LL has grown under Abbate since 1999

Ralph Abbate usually starts slowing down when mid-August hits. The long-time Elmora Youth Little League board member has immersed himself in the league over the last three decades, serving as league president and now treasurer while running an informative web page and helping in just about ...

South Riding is 1st Virginia team at LLWS since 1994

Loudoun South American Little League put together a remarkable run last summer, making history along the way and playing into August. The only thing missing was the perfect ending. That came this summer. A year after coming within a victory of reaching the Little League World Series, ...

Kelley living LLWS dream for the 3rd time

Rick Kelley began his Little League coaching career 40 years ago. He spent the first 35 years dreaming about someday coaching in the Little League World Series. He now is living that dream for a third time. Kelley helped Bowling Green East Little League reach the Series for the first time ...

Simmons homers, but Cutters fall on road

From staff reports MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Kendall Simmons homered in his second consecutive game but it wasn’t enough for the Crosscutters in a 7-3 loss at West Virginia on Sunday afternoon. Williamsport (25-37) had its three-game win streak snapped. Simmons crushed his 11th of the season ...

South Korea’s Yang doesn’t allow hit

Here is a closer look at South Chungcheong, South Korea’s 4-0 win over Willemstad, Curacao on Sunday at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Third basemen Deshandro Tromp from Curacao made a leaping catch with runners on the corners and two outs to keep South Korea from scoring in the first ...

Tanous sparks Rhode Island outburst

A closer look at the Barrington, Rhode Island 6-1 win over Bowling Green, Kentucky, Saturday at Lamade Stadium: PLAY OF THE GAME: Rhode Island has received a major boost from its reserves all summer and the bench again came up big. After Alex Anderson hit a leadoff single, Miles Fontaine ...

Barrington LL is reaching new heights

The Barrington Little League All-Stars did not initially know what winning a state championship meant after defeating Cranston Western, 10-7, late last month. But they sure started understanding it as they prepared to leave for the New England Regional tournament a week later. Town council ...