Little League Extra

Marino’s 10th-inning single sends Canada further into International tourney

A closer look at Surrey, British Columbia, Canada’s, 2-1, 10-inning win over Barcelona, Spain, at Volunteer Stadium on Saturday. PLAY OF THE GAME: It doesn’t get more dramatic at the Little League World Series than winning a game in extra innings to stay alive in the losers’ bracket. ...

Getting to LLWS is new norm in Grosse Pointe

Reaching the Little League World Series is the dream. For most Little League Baseball players, coaches and volunteers, that is all ever remains. Becoming one of the world’s best 16 teams can be as challenging as solving a complex nuclear physics equation. But in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, it ...

Hawaii beats Georgia with 11th-inning, walk-off HR

A closer look at the Honolulu, Hawaii, 2-0, 11-inning win over Peachtree City, Georgia, Friday at Lamade Stadium. This was the first game since 2002 to go 11 innings at the Little League World Series. PLAY OF THE GAME: Aukai Kea's walk-off home run -- In a game that featured nothing but ...

Grosse-Pointe has come-from-behind victory against Idaho

A closer look at the Grosse-Pointe, Michigan 5-4 win over Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Friday at Lamade Stadium Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Ryan Knaebel’s walk-off single — Michigan overcame a four-run deficit to win a state semifinal but this comeback was more impressive as it rallied from four ...

Houston’s Post Oak making history

The tower that rises above the Post Oak Little League fields honors past champions. Whether district, section or states, if a team wins a title it will be remembered. Look toward that tower next year and one will see one team rise above the rest. The Post Oak 12-year old all-stars have left an ...

Panama cruises past Canada

A closer look at the Arraijan, Panama’s 8-3 win over Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, Friday at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: It’ll largely go unnoticed because it wasn’t a game-winning hit, but Carlos Arcia’s RBI triple in the top of the sixth inning put a little spark back in ...

Small town, big things for Coeur d’Alene

As Jeff Smith and his wife Candice packed their bags, they simultaneously looked up and shared a stunned laugh. They had watched the Coeur d’Alene Little League All-Stars make history a day earlier when they captured the West Regional championship, but it was that precise moment in a San ...

Baseball provided outlet for hurricane-damaged city

Trees uprooted, cars floating, homes destroyed, baseball fields turned into ponds. Instead of facing 65 mph fastballs, Guayama, Puerto Rico, was facing 155 mph, roof-lifting winds and Category 5 hurricanes for the first time since 1932. In the fall of 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped ...

Jeong Kim helps South Korea win

A closer look at South Seoul Little League of Seoul, South Korea’s 4-2, nine-inning win over Radames Lopez Little League of Guayama, Puerto Rico on Thursday afternoon at Volunteer Stadium. PLAYS OF THE GAME: In the top of eighth inning of a tied game on a passed ball that didn’t ...

After brain surgery, Watson returns to baseball

Danny Watson cradled his semi-conscious 8-year old son Brody as blood streamed down the young child’s face. Moments earlier, Brody had taken a nasty fall off his bicycle. The Watson’s rushed Brody to the hospital and he left a day later with multiple stitches and quite a swollen face. It ...

Bruno earns win on mound for New York

A closer look at the Staten Island, New York, 5-2 win over Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Gregory Bruno’s bases-loaded strikeouts. OK, this is two plays but both were huge. The New York ace was called upon in the third inning, coming in to a tie game with the ...

Martinez hits a game-winning double for Mexico

A closer look at Matamoros Little League of Matamoros, Mexico’s 3-2 win over Gold Coast Baseball Association Little League of Gold Coast, Australia, on Thursday evening at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Angel Martinez’s two-run game-winning double — The No. 8-hole hitter in ...

No off days for Coventry kids

Coventry, Rhode Island manager Lou Simon has given his players off-days this summer. They just never take them. Following a state championship win last month, Simon gave his team the following day off. The coaches stayed off the practice fields the next day, but the players did not. A team ...

Michaelis helps propel Texas to win

A closer look at the Houston, Texas’ 3-1 win over Coventry, Rhode Island, Thursday at Lamade Stadium Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Ryan Selvaggi's triple — Rhode Island led 1-0 and was a strike from escaping the third inning with that lead in tact. Instead, Selvaggi belted a triple into right ...

Boys track and field preview

TOP BOYS RETURNERS: Sprints: Sam Newton, Loyalsock It’s easy to get lost in the wake of Bloomsburg’s Jahvel Hemphill, who won four state 100-meter titles and set the state meet record in the event a year ago. But Newton was as consistent as any sprinter in District 4 last year. He ...

Late spark carries Japan to WS title

Keitaro Miyahara took a mighty fourth-inning swing and his power toppled him over. Miyahara stayed down for a few minutes, brushed himself off and hit the next pitch way over the left-field fence. The Kitasuna Little Leaguers might be knocked down at times, but rarely are knocked out. And ...

Comparing champs a difficult task

Junnji Hidaka should have known the question was coming. It’s common over here for fans and media alike to rank teams. Winning teams, losing teams, playoff teams, dynasty teams. Entire TV networks, like the one broadcasting games here, spend entire days compiling these rankings and then ...

Mexico finishes in 3rd

A closer look at the Mexico’s 14-8 win over Greenville, North Carolina, Sunday at Lamade Stadium in the consolation game. PLAY OF THE GAME: North Carolina’s Cash Daniels-Moye made the play of the Series, laying out full extension to the gap to pick a fly ball off the grass and end the ...

Japan blanks Mexico

Hitting tips in the parking lot were nice, but what Tokyo Kitasuna’s Keitaro Miyahara really remembered from meeting Tom O’Malley was a reminder to play together. “It was just simple advice,” said Miyahara, recalling a lunch the team had earlier in the week with O’Malley, a former ...