Little League Extra

From left, New Jersey’s John Grano, Charlie Meglio and Anthony Abbonizio celebrate at home after scoring three runs against Michigan on Saturday at Lamade Stadum. (KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette)

Cartnick blasts 2 homers

A closer look at the Jackson, New Jersey 15-5, four-inning win over Grosse Pointe, Michigan at Lamade Stadium PLAY OF THE GAME: Chris Cartnick’s home runs. Yes, it’s two plays but Cartnick became one of the few players in Series history to homer twice in the same inning. Cartnick hit two ...

Dominican Republic second baseman Jeremy Solano is late on the tag on a double by Australia’s Harrison Wheeldon in the first inning at Volunteer Stadium on Saturday evening.  (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

Australia rally comes up shy

A closer look at the Los Bravos de Pontezuela LL of Santiago, Dominican Republic vs. Hills LL of Sydney, Australia game Saturday at Volunteer Stadium, an 8-7 Dominican win. PLAY OF THE GAME: Daniel Salas caught Tyler Spitieri’s high bouncer at third base and stepped on the bag for the third ...

California's Mason Kellerman scores on a wild pitch as Washington pitcher waits for the throw at Lamade Stadium on Friday. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

California has shutout win

A closer look at the Rancho Santa Margarita, California 9-0 win over Walla Walla Washington, Friday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Joey Gray's first-inning grand slam set the game’s tone with just one swing. After working a full-count, Gray went the opposite way and lined his grand ...

Greenville overcomes flood to get to Series

Tysheika Daniels experienced mixed emotions as her son Cash spoke his first words. She felt one part elation, one part shock. Daniels thought her boy would say “momma.” Instead, he said, “ball.” Before he ever picked up a ball or bat, Cash Daniels-Moye started his baseball ...

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

NJ excels thanks to work ethic

Holbrook Little League features a 9:30 p.m. curfew. Creating that curfew never caused a problem. Enforcing it has. The Holbrook Little Leaguers from Jackson, New Jersey, never want to leave the field for all the right reasons. They simply love playing baseball. They are passionate about ...

Japan’s first baseman Ryuto Konno receives the throw for an out against Australia’s Cody Brian during a Little League World Series game at Volunteer Stadium on Friday in South Williamsport. (KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette)

Japan cruises past Australia

A closer look at the Hills LL of Sydney, Australia vs. Tokyo Kitasuna LL of Japan game Friday at Volunteer Stadium, an 8-0 Japanese win: PLAY OF THE GAME: Keitaro Miyahara set the tone with his leadoff double, which led to the game’s first run when he escored on a Seiya Arai single. Japan ...

Dynasty in Connecticut for multiple reasons

Ask nearly anyone associated with the Fairfield American Little League a certain question and a slight pause follows. Fairfield has created a Little League dynasty in Connecticut and is playing at the Little League World Series for the third time since 2010 after capturing the New England ...

Alex White, Mike Lilley, Richard Barnhill and Brack Massey of the 1998 Greenville, North Carolina Tar Heels cheer for North State Little League (IOANNIS PASHAKIS/ Sun-Gazette)

Greenville 1998 champs return to Series

Of the many North State Little League fans at Friday’s Southeast versus Midwest game at Lamade Stadium, eight stood right where the Greenville, North Carolina kids were standing, 19 years earlier. When it was announced that their home town Little League team had made it to Williamsport, ...

The Ayrault family poses for a photograph near Lamade Stadium on Friday in South Williamsport. (BARB CIOFFI/For The Sun-Gazette)

Sister of Michigan first baseman is a college basketball prospect

When Great Lakes first baseman Adam Ayrault needs someone to look up to, he doesn’t need to go far from home. His dad, Andy, an assistant coach for his son’s World Series team, and his mom Kim are both outstanding athletes who played college basketball for Wayne State University in Detroit. ...

Aaron Boone: ‘Embrace opportunity’

There’s advice for Little Leaguers, and there’s advice for big leaguers. Aaron Boone has been both, and as an ESPN analyst for Sunday’s MLB Little League Classic at Bowman Field, he thinks the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals can use Sunday to experience something new as they ...

Seoul rolls to a victory

A closer look at the West Seoul LL of Seoul, South Korea vs. Los Bravos de Pontezuela LL of Santiago, Dominican Republic on Friday at Volunteer Stadium, a 10-1 Seoul win: PLAY OF THE GAME: Dong Heon Kim’s three-run home run in the top of the third opened a 4-1 lead. PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jin ...

Smalltown Walla Walla team doing big things

They had not yet grasped the magnitude of their achievement. But all it took was one trip through the Los Angeles Airport changed all that. That is when the Walla Walla Valley Little Leagues understood. They knew they were now big-time. One by one, patrons who never met the Walla Walla, ...

All LLWS games to start at 4 or 8 Friday

Little League announced that the game schedule for Friday, August 18 at the Little League World Series has been amended due to weather. Game 5 (Australia Region vs. Japan Region) and Game 6 (Northwest Region vs. West Region) will be rescheduled to start at 4 p.m., at Volunteer Stadium and ...

Mexico’s Andre Garza celebrates his home run with his team against Venezuela during a Little League World Series game at Volunteer Stadium in South Williamsport on Thursday afternoon. (CARA MORNINGSTAR/Sun-Gazette)
Andre Garza, 22 of Mexico, celebrates his home run with his team during the Latin America versus Mexico Little League game at Volunteer Stadium in South Williamsport.

Faria propels Venezuela over Mexico

A closer look at the Guadalupe Trevino LL of Reynosa, Mexico vs. Luz-Maracaibo LL of Maracaibo Venezuela, Thursday at Volunteer Stadium, a 4-1 Venezuela win. PLAY OF THE GAME: Juan Faria singled home Jhann Bozo for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the third inning. PLAYER OF THE GAME: ...

Canada’s Daniel Orfaly begins his slide to score on a single by Grayson Frers in the third inning against Italy at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport on Thursday. (AP)

Canada routs Italy

A closer look at the South Surrey LL of White Rock, B.C., vs. Emilia LL of Emilia, Italy game Thursday at Volunteer Stadium, a 12-2 win by Canada in four innings. PLAY OF THE GAME: Chase Marshall hit a grand slam as part of a seven-run third inning. PLAYER OF THE GAME: Marshall finished 2 ...

Ex-Olympic athlete has son at LLWS

It doesn’t get much bigger than competing in the Olympics as an adult and it doesn’t get much bigger than competing at the Little League World Series as a kid. Then there’s being an Olympian and watching your kid at the Little League World Series, and that’s what Carrie ...

Modest beginnings for Sioux Falls success

The Sioux Falls Little League story begins with two fields, some weeds and some major maintenance. Despite being South Dakota’s largest city, Sioux Falls never featured a Little League team until this year. Starting the league in a city dominated by Sioux Falls Empire Association Baseball ...

Third inning lifts Texas

A closer look at the Lufkin Texas 5-1 win over Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Thursday at Lamade Stadium PLAY OF THE GAME: Collin Ross’s first-inning home run put Texas ahead to stay in the second inning when he hit a lead-off home run to left field. Not only did it put Texas up, 1-0 but it also ...

Connecticut’s Matthew Vivona is safe as New Jersey catcher J.R. Osmond defends the plate on a single by Sean O’Neil in the third inning at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport on Thursday. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

Connecticut survives rally

A closer look at Fairfield, Connecticut’s 7-6 win over Jackson, New Jersey, Thursday at Lamade Stadium PLAY OF THE GAME: The final out. In a game that featured seemingly endless plot twists, great plays and big hits, the only thing it needed was an ending. After New Jersey made a furious ...

Nothing slows down Grosse Pointe’s twins

The basketball games are fierce. They feature one-and-one action with neither player backing down. If a few elbows hit the chest, so be it. Twin brothers Ryan and Jack Jones hate losing, especially against each other. Still, they share a special bond. As individuals both stand out. Together, ...