Little League Extra

MLB players’ smiles, fun and joy are all genuine

While donning his red Canada hat, Jose Reyes was fist bumping and signing autographs for the team from Surrey, British Columbia. Earlier in the day, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler traded his Phillies cap for a Europe and Africa hat from a Little Leaguer. Rhys Hoskins couldn’t stop grinning as ...

Japan limits Panama’s batters

A closer look at Kawaguchi Little League from Kawaguchi, Japan’s win over Vacamonte Little League from Arraijan, Panama, 4-2, on Thursday at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Top of the fourth inning — Just when it looked like Mexico was gaining momentum and threatening to ...

Ho Choi goes distance on mound in victory

A closer look at the South Seoul LL of Seoul, South Korea’s 5-1 win over Metamoros LL of Metamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico on Sunday at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Ji Hyung Choi hustles home for the first run of the game — In the top of the first inning Choi crossed home on a ...

Selvaggi continues to honor his mother

Ryan Selvaggi started slow against Oklahoma and walked the first three batters he faced. It was the Southwest Regional championship’s first inning and the biggest game the Post Oak Little League had ever played at that point. The situation could make nearly any athlete nervous. Instead, ...

Bruno only yields 3 hits in Staten Island’s win over Texas

A closer look at the Staten Island, New York’s 2-1 win over Houston, Texas on Sunday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Steven Martinez’s RBI single — One of New York’s captains continues delivering clutch hits and his third-inning RBI single provided the decisive run. Martinez ...

Peachtree City finally overcame regional hurdle

Snow rarely falls in Peachtree City, Georgia but when it did last winter Connor Soper maintained his daily routine. He plodded through the snow and kept throwing the baseball off his pitchback. The ball often fell through the snow on its way back, but Soper kept throwing. Peachtree City ...

Nishina’s 2 RBIs help lift Hawaii past Michigan

A closer look at the Honolulu, Hawaii’s 8-3 win over Grosse-Pointe, Michigan on Sunday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Ka’olu Holt ending Michigan’s first-inning rally — Michigan already had taken a 1-0 lead and was poised to do more damage, loading the bases with two outs. A big ...

Rhode Island may be small, but it produces big-time players

Rhode Island might be the country’s smallest state, but it produces some big-time baseball players and teams. In the New England Region, it stands out as a giant. This is the fifth time in eight seasons that Rhode Island has sent a team to the Little League World Series. This time it is ...

Frazier, Conforto, Kingery all return to Series

Todd Frazier always makes sure the TVs in the Mets clubhouse are turned to Little League World Series games. Even 20 years after he led Toms River, New Jersey, to a world championship, the tournament is still part of him. Sunday afternoon, he shared the place which holds such a special place ...

McCrea overcomes injuries to reach Series

The mask he wears which protects his face makes Matthew McCrea Jr. look like a superhero. While he is just a human, McCrea has displayed superhero toughness this summer. The Des Moines, Iowa, center fielder/second baseman twice has endured brutal facial injuries, but he is still standing. ...

Brennan Hill is 3rd brother to reach LLWS

They are brothers, but family sporting events always remain fiercely competitive. The advantage Tyler and Drew Hill held over youngest brother Brennan the past year was the Little League World Series. Tyler and Drew both played for Grosse-Pointe Wood-Shores Little League at the Series in 2013 ...

24 years after Yuki Braxton’s near LLWS berth, her son earns trip

Yuki Braxton did not compete at the Little League World Series more than two decades ago, but she sure came close. Braxton, formerly Yuki Matsushita, played second base for Austria in 1993 and ‘94 when her country played at the European Regional Tournament. Little did Braxton know that 24 ...

Spain didn’t feel pressure playing powerhouse Japan

Oscar Roman didn’t mince words with his players when they spoke about playing Japan on Friday at the Little League World Series. He couldn't afford to. Spain doesn’t have anything remotely close to the tradition of success Japan has had in South Williamsport over the last 25 to 30 years. ...

Caribbean manager to reunite with former player at Classic

Puerto Rico manager Carlos Texidor thought for a second when asked what he was looking forward to the most about today’s MLB Little League Classic at Bowman Field. He said obviously he wanted the kids to appreciate what it is like to be at a real Major League game and even to watch the ...

Dream has become a reality for Smith and Coeur d’Alene

The Seattle Mariners’ usher just witnessed a first. He never met Jeff Smith before, but this news must be shared. Smith’s 5-year-old son Cooper had just watched the entire game and never took his eyes off the field. He had his pregame popcorn and soda, but it was all baseball after that. ...

Midwest champs still alive with win

A closer look at the Des Moines, Iowa’s, 9-5 win over Coventry, Rhode Island, on Saturday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: After Rhode Island scored five times in the third and took a 5-4 lead, Alex Stewart’s two-out, two-run single in the fourth put Iowa back in front and to stay. ...

Long layoff after regionals leaves Australia rusty at World Series

It wasn’t a long time off for the Mid-Atlantic regional champions from Staten Island, New York, or for Coventry, Rhode Island, which won the New England regional tournament. After both earned victories on Sunday afternoon in their respective regionals, they found themselves with less than a ...

Puerto Rico wins behind Rivera’s hit

A closer look at Radames Lopez Little League of Guayama, Puerto Rico’s, 6-0, win over Gold Coast Baseball Association Little League of Gold Coast, Australia, at Volunteer Stadium on Saturday. PLAY OF THE GAME: It was only a single for Luis D. Rivera which dropped behind second base, but it ...

Georgia rebounds from late night to move on at Series

A closer look at the Peachtree City, Georgia’s, 3-0 win over Couer d’Alene, Idaho, Saturday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Georgia had been held scoreless in its first 12 2/3 innings at the Series, so Bo Walker’s two-out, second-inning RBI single provided a huge psychological ...