Little League Extra

Don’t just say the ‘Parents Pledge’ — live it

Before each Little League World Series game, a coach recites the “Parents Pledge.” Many of those coaches also are parents. And yet, there are times that pledge simply remains these words on a card: “I will teach all children to play fair and do their best. I will positively support all ...

Talented players scattered in US field

Chip Buchanan perfectly read the baseball off the bat. He lunged toward the third-base line and stopped what looked like would be a sure go-ahead double. The Lufkin, Texas third baseman was just getting started. Instead of saving a run, Buchanan ended the inning, making a no-hop throw across ...

Little League bigger, try to make it better

Watching a manager choose not to play a kid during a regional tournament game on ESPN. Reading about a softball team disqualified over a flashed obscenity on social media. A Major League Baseball game amidst the Little League World Series. No, Little League isn’t the same as it was 30 ...

Endwell claims the US banner

As Jack Hopko secured the final out, pitcher Jude Abbadessa jumped skyward.Abbadessa and his teammates truly had reached new heights.Michael Mancini threw 4 2/3 innings of brilliant one-hit baseball, Billy Dundon delivered a key two-run, pinch-hit single and Mid-Atlantic Region champion ...

ESPN broadcasters share thoughts on the LLWS

An ex-big leaguer broadcasting the Little League World Series knows he didn't belong here as a kid."I couldn't play like these kids do when I was 12," John Kruk said. "My language wasn't fit for the camera."Kruk was part of a pregame Little League media discussion Saturday morning with the rest ...

Coughlin gets honored in Hall of Excellence

Former New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin accepted Little League's highest honor yesterday as he praised what Little League had done for him as a kid and told players to always follow their dreams.Coughlin was enshrined into the Hall of Excellence at the Little League World Series yesterday ...

5-run second lifts South Korea

Seum Kwon doesn't try to hit home runs. Sometimes, he doesn't even see them.Kwon's two-run home run in the second inning sparked Asia-Pacific Region champion Seoul, South Korea, past Latin America titlist Aguadulce, Panama, 7-2, Saturday at Lamade Stadium in the Little League Baseball World ...

Series twice as nice for local family

No official records exist, but Williamsport native Don Cohick and daughter, Paige, are believed to be one of the very few, if not only, father-daughter combinations to play in a Little League World Series.Don Cohick played for the 1969 Pennsylvania champion Newberry team that was the last local ...

Tennessee, South Korea advance to championships

They were together at the start of the Little League World Series fortnight, Goodlettsville, Tennessee, players cheering on their border neighbors from Bowling Green, Kentucky, in the relocated Great Lakes Region final.They were together at the end of Thursday night's elimination round game at ...

ESPN announcer Crawford high on Little League

Jay Crawford remembered thinking he'd play in the Little League Baseball World Series while growing up in Ohio in the 1970s. His dad coached the team, and they knew the lure of Lamade Stadium so well that they ended every practice by saying, "Williamsport."Every win was one step closer, ...

Grand slam propels Tennessee

A closer look at the 8-4 win by Southeast Region champion Goodlettsville, Tennessee, over Great Lakes Region champion Bowling Green, Kentucky, Thursday at Lamade Stadium:PLAY OF THE GAME: Zach McWilliams' grand slam. It would not be Tennessee if it did not showcase its resiliency and make a ...

South Korea advances to International final

A closer look at the 7-0 win by Asia-Pacific Region champion Seoul, South Korea, over Mexico champ San Nicolas, Thursday at Lamade Stadium:PLAY OF THE GAME: South Korea's Jaekyeong Kim hit a three-run home run in the top of the second inning for a 4-0 lead.KOREA PLAYER OF THE GAME: Seum Kwon ...

Johnston, Iowa, team is 1 in a million

If they could have used more they would have.Little League Baseball rules prohibit all-star teams from carrying more than 14 players so the Johnston, Iowa, Little League had to stop there. And what a team it chose.It might be a cliche, but it also was so true. All 14 players contributed for ...

Rhode Island, Cali never stopped fighting

New England Region champion Warwick, Rhode Island, and West titlist Chula Vista, California, ended their Little League World Series the way they started them.Both teams lost their final Series games in heart-breaking fashion Tuesday, but both fought back, made clutch plays and pursued victory ...

Practice makes perfect for Abbadessa

No way, she thought. Her husband, Vince Abbadessa, really could not be thinking about throwing a baseball high into the air as 3-year-old Jude awaited making the catch.But throw it Vince did as Alicia looked on in shock. Jude loved emulating his older brother, Christian, and playing baseball ...

New York overcomes Kentucky to head to US championship game

It ended well for Endwell.But it didn't always go well. The Mid-Atlantic Region champion from Endwell, New York, needed runs in every inning to overcome a first-inning where Great Lakes Region titlist Bowling Green, Kentucky, started with a Devin Obee line drive double off the left field wall ...

Experience paying off for Endwell, New York

No player hesitated and all uniformly answered.When asked what their all-star goals were last June, the Maine-Endwell All-Stars made it clear it was Little League Baesball World Series or bust. And while many teams say that and never come close, these players knew it could be done. More than ...

Oregon, Texas are out, but proud they were ‘in’

While other kids their age went on vacation, played video games or chased Pokemon, Bend, Oregon and San Antonio, Texas, players worked.Instead of hitting the beach, the Oregon and Texas players hit the field nearly every day this summer. They sure are glad they did too.Oregon and Texas were the ...

Family Vacation: Wednesday

FAMILY MEMBER NAME: Magda Meza.THEIR TEAM: Mexico.THEIR LITTLE LEAGUER: Fabian Mar.MOST EXCITING GAME ALONG THE WAY: When we played against Italy.OUR KID'S BEST GAME: Also the Italy game.MOST DIFFICULT TRAVEL MOMENT: We came from Mexico by car. It took two days. It was difficult to drive ...

Head just keeps batters guessing for Kentucky

Isaiah Head only could watch and dream as Bowling Green, Kentucky, competed at last year's Little League World Series. Bowling Green was writing its league's best chapter but Head could not experience it.Bowling Green finished fourth in the U.S. last year, but instead of wondering what could ...