Little League Extra

Yamaguchi’s slam highlights offensive explosion for West champs

Sean Yamaguchi raised his arms high into the night sky as he rounded first base. It provided an appropriate symbol because he and his teammates keep rising toward the top of the Little League World. And they are now one of the U.S.’s top two Little League Baseball teams. Yamaguchi’s ...

Georgia’s Kenty staves off elimination with complete-game effort

Maybe there once was a time when playing big-time elimination games against powerful opponents as millions watch worldwide would have rattled Peachtree City, Georgia, players. But if that was ever the case, those days are long gone. This is a team that has played two epic Little League ...

Former PSU QB takes in Series

Sitting quietly alongside his two brothers at the end of press row inside of Volunteer Stadium, former Heisman Trophy runner-up Richie Lucas wasn’t signing autographs. He wasn’t reminiscing about his playing days at Penn State, either. In fact, most of the people in the stadium probably ...

De Jesus’ bat anything but shy in Caribbean win

Carlos De Jesus didn’t say much during Wednesday’s press conference following Guayama, Puerto Rico’s, 9-4 win over Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. When asked about his mammoth two-run home run in the sixth inning which cleared the nearly 15-foot high shrubs in dead center field, De ...

Strong pitching continues to highlight field

Add South Korea’s Yeong Hyeon Kim’s performance on Wednesday night against Japan as the latest in a string of great pitching performances so far this year at the Little League World Series on the International side of the tournament. Regardless of which game fans attend at Volunteer ...

PCLL establishing itself as one of Georgia’s best

Columbus, Georgia captured the 2006 Little League World Series championship. Warner Robins, Georgia won it a year later. The two Little Leagues competed at the Little League World Series five times from 2006-11. Just imagine being the other Georgia teams that had to compete against those ...

Versatility of 13 players key for Idaho

Look at different Coeur d’Alene, Idaho lineups throughout its all-star postseason run and one will seemingly see countless mixes. The order is never the same and the 13 athletes all have played multiple positions. That is by design, too. Obviously, substitution and pitching rules make ...

Mid-Island generating buzz again

This is not the first time the Mid Island Little League All-Stars have generated a big buzz. Two years ago, the Staten Island, New York team entered the 10-year old district tournament as a favorite. That team, however, lost in the loser’s bracket final. The loss stung, but Mid Island never ...

Down to its final outs, Georgia overcame the odds to earn win

As the final out approached, Peachtree City, Georgia players exuded confidence. They developed the perfect plan. Manager Patrick Gloriod? He was not as confident. He knows maybe more than anyone how good his Southeast champion team is. But reality was setting in. His team trailed Houston, ...

Sharpe hits a walk-off single in comeback win

A closer look at Grosse-Pointe, Michigan, 5-4 win over Des Moines, Iowa, Monday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Reggie Sharpe’s walk-off single — Michigan erased a late 4-0 deficit for a second time at the Series and Sharp capped this furious comeback with the hit of his life. He had ...

Post Oak had to beat juggernaut Pearland

Post Oak has produced excellent 12-year-old all-star teams before. Had a Little League dynasty not stood in its way, maybe Post Oak could have made some Little League World Series runs earlier this decade. Pearland East Little League simply would not let it happen. Pearland grew into a Little ...

Canada keeps its title hopes alive

A closer look at Surrey, British Columbia of Canada’s 6-4 win over Mexico on Monday evening at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: A full count pitch, bases loaded, two outs, in a two-run ball game — Relief pitcher Nate Colina took a deep breath and fired away and immediately the ...

Purify one of Series’ best players

Jarren Purify hit mammoth home runs at the Great Lakes Regional. Monday, he helped keep the Grosse-Pointe, Michigan season alive when he used his speed and beat out a a bunt single. Earlier that day, Purify had Grosse-Pointe fans jumping when he fully extended himself, stopped a sure two-run ...

LL Classic is a game worth seeing

I’ll be honest, baseball’s not really my thing. I much rather watch a four-hour football game than a three-hour baseball game. Pace of play is a problem for me as is not enough action and physicality. But like most people, I enjoy a towering home run and a knee-buckling curveball and of ...

Australia loses against Rhode Island

A closer look at the Coventry, Rhode Island’s 15-0, four-inning win over Gold Coast, Australia on Monday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Kody Fretts’ RBI single —Rhode Island’s first baseman gave his team an immediate spark, hitting a first-inning RBI single. It was just the jolt ...

A comeback prior to regionals lifted Michigan

Those who watched Grosse-Pointe, Michigan rampage through the Great Lakes Regional tournament and reach the Little League World Series could not help being impressed. Grosse-Pointe outscored four teams, 46-6, and hit a U.S.-high seven home runs. But those outside Grosse-Pointe likely missed ...

Georgia wins in walk-off fashion

A closer look at the Peachtree City, Georgia’s 7-6, nine-inning win over Houston, Texas on Monday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Jansen Kenty’s game-tying home run — Ben Traxler won this epic Series clash with a ninth-inning sacrifice fly that scored Willis Maginnis, Georgia never ...

Joubert limits Panama in 5 innings of relief

A closer look at Puerto Rico’s 3-1 win over Panama on Monday afternoon at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: This wasn’t so much a play as it was a decision. Puerto Rico manager Carlos Texidor pulled starter Luis Rivera 23 pitches into his start, with the bases loaded and two ...

After struggling in past, Canada is having LLWS success

Canada isn’t known much for baseball. Ice hockey, lacrosse and football reign supreme in the Canada. Heck, anything with ice probably ranks ahead of baseball. But the Great American Pastime may be on the rise in the Great White North and all one has to do is look at the recent success of its ...