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Little League Extra

Japan advances to International final

A closer look at Chofu City, Japan’s 7-2 win over South Chungcheong, South Korea on Wednesday afternoon at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Yuto Kakeba’s two-run double — The 5-foot-6 182-pound left fielder continued his torrid Series. Kakeba lined a double to the right field wall, ...

Hawaii, Virginia combine for 21 hits

A closer look at the Wailuku, Hawaii’s 12-9 win over South Riding, Virginia, on Wednesday at Lamade Stadium as Hawaii earned a spot in Saturday’s U.S. championship game. PLAY OF THE GAME: Kaleb Mathias’s timely fourth-inning RBI single — Never underestimate the value of hustle, heart ...

Louisiana holds off New Jersey rally

A closer look at the 4-1 River Ridge, Louisiana win over Elizabeth, New Jersey, Wednesday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Stan Wiltz’s game-ending catch — New Jersey was mounting a sixth-inning rally after two consecutive batters reached base with two outs while cutting the deficit ...

Prather was big under spotlight

Egan Prather has pitched great before. Actually, he has been sensational just about every time he has pitched this summer. But Prather never pitched in a big game before earning the start in Wednesday's elimination game against Elizabeth, New Jersey. And Prather never opened a game on the ...

Oregon’s Price earns win on mound in final game

A closer look at the Salem, Oregon’s 4-3, win over Bologna, Italy at Lamade Stadium in a crossover consolation game. PLAY OF THE GAME: Frederico Tamburini’s catch in the fourth inning — After Oregon put up three runs in the third inning and threatening again in the fourth with Aedan ...

Boscán finally gets to LLWS after visa issue

Diego Boscán climbed atop the Lamade Stadium like it was no big deal. He stood there waiting for teammate Hendrik Maestre to squat behind the plate and accept his warm-up pitches. For a player who had missed the first five days of the Little League World Series, including Maracaibo, ...

Bologna, Italy hopes this isn’t its last trip to Series

Lifting the white towel draped across his shoulders, Francesco Lamanuzzi wiped away the tears from his eyes. His booming smile never left his face. He sat back and watched his players answer questions from a bevy of reporters like a proud papa as they talked about their most memorable moments ...

Martinez, Curacao advance in elimination bracket

Here’s a closer look at Willemstad, Curacao’s, 9-2 win over Maracaibo, Venezuela, on Tuesday in an elimination game at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: If Venezuela was going to get back in the game, the bottom of the fourth inning is when it was going to do it. The Latin America ...

Virginia faced some early obstacles

South Riding, Virginia finds itself one victory from reaching the U.S. Championship after routing its first two Little League World Series opponents. Two games into districts, the Loudoun South American Little League found itself one loss from seeing its all-star run quickly end. As great ...

Central East Maui LL making an impact

Hawaii Little League Baseball teams have made quite an impact at the Little League World Series since 2005. Starting that year when Ewa Beach captured the world championship, and running through last season when Honolulu took the world title, four straight Hawaii teams that reached the world ...

Mateo more than just a big 12-year-old; he’s talented

Jairo Labrador once played and now coaches football. He is a big man, a former lineman who sometimes can dwarf his players. But even he is looking up at Yadi Mateo. The hard-throwing, sweet-swinging Elizabeth, New Jersey pitcher/infielder stands out on the field and above everyone he ...

Mid-Atlantic champs blank Rhode Island

A closer look at the 2-0 Elizabeth, New Jersey win over Barrington, Rhode Island, Tuesday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Sal Garcia’s aggressive dash home — The game was scoreless with one out and two runners on in the top of the sixth inning. Rhode Island was playing its infield in ...

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 ...