Little League Extra

Japan teammates celebrate at home plate after Natsuki Yajima hit a home run in the third inning against Canada on Wednesday at Lamade Stadium. With the win, Japan advances to the International Championship on Saturday and awaits the winner of today’s Mexico and Canada game. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

Tokyo’s perfect in shutout

Take a picture, it’ll last longer. The Tokyo Kitasuna Little Leaguers don’t have any cameras on the field, but that doesn’t stop them from pretending to pose for selfies after hitting home runs at the Little League World Series. And while Little League bans selfie sticks on the ...

Despite success, Greenville kids endured bumps in road

Greenville, North Carolina entered Wednesday’s Little League World Series winner’s bracket final undefeated. Greenville threw consecutive no-hitters in their first two Series games and navigated both difficult state and regional tournaments just to reach South Williamsport. Make no ...

Angel Macias throws out the first pitch before Texas and North Carolina’s game at Lamade Stadium on Wednesday. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

Macias returns to LLWS for ceremony

If there’s anyone who can appreciate consecutive no-hitters at the Little League World Series, it’s Angel Macias. Macias, who Wednesday night became the newest enshrinee of Little League’s Hall of Excellence for throwing the only perfect championship game in LLWS history, nearly threw ...

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Tom O'Malley broadcasts on NewsRadio 1400 AM WRAK with Gary Chrisman and Ken Sawyer during the Southwest versus Southeast game in Lamade Stadium.

Montoursville’s O’Malley broadcasting at LLWS

Playing a nine-year Major League Baseball career is as American as it can get. But Montoursville’s Tom O’Malley, currently acting as a color commentator during NewsRadio 1400 AM WRAK’s coverage of the Little League World Series, is secretly hoping for Japan to win. An MLB retiree, ...

Tears, achievement for eliminated teams

As he gathered his team for the last time, Walla Walla, Washington manager Charles Thomsen noticed several players shedding tears. They were not alone. Thomsen was doing the same thing. Similar scenes unfolded at various times after Grosse Pointe, Michigan; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and ...

Tokyo Little Leaguers looking to continue tradition

Tokyo’s Kitasuna Little League picked its team with the intent of being the best in the world, and they don’t necessarily do that at every local level every year. Then again, most leagues don’t have three Little League World Series titles this century and three other appearances, ...

Seeing players happy makes trip worthwhile for Australian manager

Australia’s manager knows what it’s like to be in this area for the Little League World Series. He knows what the feeling is like seeing Lamade Stadium for the first time, being in the dugout, seeing the thousands of fans watching. He’s been here before, actually just last year. While ...

Seeing players happy makes trip worthwhile for Australian coach

Australia’s manager knows what it’s like to be in this area for the Little League World Series. He knows what the feeling is like seeing Lamade Stadium for the first time, being in the dugout, seeing the thousands of fans watching. He’s been here before, actually just last year. While ...

Bench play a big reason for Connecticut’s success

Ask Fairfield, Conn., manager Michael Randazzo what he likes most about his team and one could be standing there a while. What is there not to like about a New England Regional champion that has reached the U.S. Final 4 and become the best in its league’s decorated history? Still, there is ...

Pitching trio pacing NC’s start

Greenville, North Carolina, pitcher/shortstop Matthew Matthjis still thinks he is dreaming. Comprehending that the Little League World Series does not just exist on television has proven challenging. “I still can’t believe I’m actually here,” Matthjis said. “It hasn’t hit me at ...

Lufkin’s Ross nails pitching audtion

Collin Ross would love playing professional baseball some day. So Sunday not only presented a shot at winning a Little League World Series game, but also some networking opportunities. As Ross pitched against Fairfield, Connecticut, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals players watched ...

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Mexico’s Cesar Monjaraz slides home during Mexico’s game against Venezuela  at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport on Tuesday. Mexico won and eliminated Venezuela while advancing to face whoever loses today’s Japan and Canada game. (CARA MORNINGSTAR/Sun-Gazette)
Cesar Monjaraz, 14 of Mexico, slides home during the Mexico versus Latin America Little League baseball game at Lamade Stadium at the Little League World Series Complex in South Williamsport on Tuesday.

Juarez hits 2-run homer in win

A closer look at the Guadalupe Trevino Kelly LL of Reynosa, Mexico vs. Luz-Maracaibo LL of Maracaibo, Venezuela, Tuesday at Lamade Stadium, an 8-0 Mexico win. PLAY OF THE GAME: Samuel Juarez hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning for a 4-0 lead. PLAYER OF THE GAME: Isaac ...

Australia salvages a win in consolation over Sioux Falls

A closer look at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Sydney, Australia consolation game on Tuesday at Lamade Stadium, an 11-7 win by Australia. PLAY OF THE GAME: Harrison Wheeldon’s triple. With only one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, Wheeldon crushed a triple down the left-field line ...

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New Jersey’s Chris Cartnick is congratulated by his third base coach after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning during a game against Connecticut on Thursday. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

No holes in New Jersey’s lineup

Chris Cartnick became a Little League World Series household name last Saturday when he smashed two home runs in one inning. That gave the Jackson, New Jersey slugger three home runs in his last five at-bats. It was not surprising then that California gave Cartnick few pitches to hit Monday. ...

Canada looking to get to the final

There are tough choices every year at the Little League World Series. Play with new gifted equipment or use the bats that brought you. Choose visitors or home dugout for the pregame coin flip. Pool or no pool. For the last one, put White Rock’s South Surrey Little Leaguers from British ...

Fairfield LL paving its own historic run

Most teams competing at the Little League World Series brought along resumes filled with past championship achievements. The Fairfield American League Little League all-stars were not among those teams. It truly seems unreal that a league represented at the Series for a third time since 2010 ...

Soccer standout Leroux gets inducted

Sydney Leroux nearly made it to the Little League World Series as a player. She finally made it Monday night for enshrinement in Little League’s Hall of Excellence. “Thank you so much, it’s an absolute honor to be here. I wish I could have played with you guys, but I’m a little too ...

Members of the Pittsburgh Pirates interact with various teams from the Little League World Series in South Williamsport on Sunday. (KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette)

Players, parents still in awe of experience with pros

Sunday’s MLB Little League Classic featuring the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Bowman Field was definitely a success if you ask the Little Leaguers who sat feet away from their heroes. While playing at the Little League World Series is enough to change a Little ...

Lufkin validates decision with berth

Lufkin has long featured strong baseball. Becoming a Little League program, however, was no easy task. Not until 2012 did Lufkin, Texas, join Little League. And that only came after facing some serious resistance. Many questioned whether it was the right move and even more wondered if Lufkin ...

Last year’s LLWS champs make return visit

Last year’s Little League World Series champions arrived at the Series on Sunday to catch a few games and to meet the new Mid-Atlantic regional champions. Maine-Endwell Little League of New York didn’t make it to the Little League World Series as regional champions this year, but they did ...