Little League Extra

Tokyo Little Leaguers looking to continue tradition

Tokyo’s Kitasuna Little League picked its team with the intent of being the best in the world, and they don’t necessarily do that at every local level every year. Then again, most leagues don’t have three Little League World Series titles this century and three other appearances, ...

Seeing players happy makes trip worthwhile for Australian manager

Australia’s manager knows what it’s like to be in this area for the Little League World Series. He knows what the feeling is like seeing Lamade Stadium for the first time, being in the dugout, seeing the thousands of fans watching. He’s been here before, actually just last year. While ...

Seeing players happy makes trip worthwhile for Australian coach

Australia’s manager knows what it’s like to be in this area for the Little League World Series. He knows what the feeling is like seeing Lamade Stadium for the first time, being in the dugout, seeing the thousands of fans watching. He’s been here before, actually just last year. While ...

Bench play a big reason for Connecticut’s success

Ask Fairfield, Conn., manager Michael Randazzo what he likes most about his team and one could be standing there a while. What is there not to like about a New England Regional champion that has reached the U.S. Final 4 and become the best in its league’s decorated history? Still, there is ...

Pitching trio pacing NC’s start

Greenville, North Carolina, pitcher/shortstop Matthew Matthjis still thinks he is dreaming. Comprehending that the Little League World Series does not just exist on television has proven challenging. “I still can’t believe I’m actually here,” Matthjis said. “It hasn’t hit me at ...

Lufkin’s Ross nails pitching audtion

Collin Ross would love playing professional baseball some day. So Sunday not only presented a shot at winning a Little League World Series game, but also some networking opportunities. As Ross pitched against Fairfield, Connecticut, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals players watched ...

Juarez hits 2-run homer in win

A closer look at the Guadalupe Trevino Kelly LL of Reynosa, Mexico vs. Luz-Maracaibo LL of Maracaibo, Venezuela, Tuesday at Lamade Stadium, an 8-0 Mexico win. PLAY OF THE GAME: Samuel Juarez hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning for a 4-0 lead. PLAYER OF THE GAME: Isaac ...

Australia salvages a win in consolation over Sioux Falls

A closer look at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Sydney, Australia consolation game on Tuesday at Lamade Stadium, an 11-7 win by Australia. PLAY OF THE GAME: Harrison Wheeldon’s triple. With only one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, Wheeldon crushed a triple down the left-field line ...

No holes in New Jersey’s lineup

Chris Cartnick became a Little League World Series household name last Saturday when he smashed two home runs in one inning. That gave the Jackson, New Jersey slugger three home runs in his last five at-bats. It was not surprising then that California gave Cartnick few pitches to hit Monday. ...

Canada looking to get to the final

There are tough choices every year at the Little League World Series. Play with new gifted equipment or use the bats that brought you. Choose visitors or home dugout for the pregame coin flip. Pool or no pool. For the last one, put White Rock’s South Surrey Little Leaguers from British ...

Fairfield LL paving its own historic run

Most teams competing at the Little League World Series brought along resumes filled with past championship achievements. The Fairfield American League Little League all-stars were not among those teams. It truly seems unreal that a league represented at the Series for a third time since 2010 ...

Soccer standout Leroux gets inducted

Sydney Leroux nearly made it to the Little League World Series as a player. She finally made it Monday night for enshrinement in Little League’s Hall of Excellence. “Thank you so much, it’s an absolute honor to be here. I wish I could have played with you guys, but I’m a little too ...

Players, parents still in awe of experience with pros

Sunday’s MLB Little League Classic featuring the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Bowman Field was definitely a success if you ask the Little Leaguers who sat feet away from their heroes. While playing at the Little League World Series is enough to change a Little ...

Lufkin validates decision with berth

Lufkin has long featured strong baseball. Becoming a Little League program, however, was no easy task. Not until 2012 did Lufkin, Texas, join Little League. And that only came after facing some serious resistance. Many questioned whether it was the right move and even more wondered if Lufkin ...

Last year’s LLWS champs make return visit

Last year’s Little League World Series champions arrived at the Series on Sunday to catch a few games and to meet the new Mid-Atlantic regional champions. Maine-Endwell Little League of New York didn’t make it to the Little League World Series as regional champions this year, but they did ...

Mexico blanks South Korea

A closer look at the West Seoul LL of Seoul, South Korea vs. Guadalupe Trevino Kelly LL of Reynosa, Mexico, game Monday at Volunteer Stadium, a 1-0 Mexico win. PLAY OF THE GAME: Jorge Lambarria’s third-inning single that scored Saul Soto was the game’s only run. Lambarria said he was happy ...

Greenville LL team leaving behind a legacy

Sure, Greenville, North Carolina enjoys various sports and has achieved success playing them. If one is looking for what provides the city’s sports heart beat, though, head toward a baseball field. This is a passionate baseball town. A rich culture has been developed over the past 50 years. ...

Michigan overcomes first inning to win

A closer look at the Grosse Pointe, Michigan 11-7 win over Italy, Monday at Lamade Stadium: PLAY OF THE GAME: Jack Jones slamming the fourth-inning door. Michigan led 8-7 in the fourth inning but Italy had runners on second and third with two outs and was a hit from taking the lead. Jones took ...

Smith ties game and sparks Conn.

A closer look at the Fairfield, Connecticut 14-6 win over Walla Walla, Washington, Monday at Lamade Stadium: PLAY OF THE GAME: Christian Smith’s fourth-inning home run. Smith delivered the hit of his life in the fourth, coming off the bench and blasting a long three-run home run into the ...

New Jersey in US Final Four

A closer look at the Jackson, New Jersey 12-9 win over Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Monday at Lamade Stadium: PLAY OF THE GAME: Ryan Kinsman’s double play. California made a furious comeback after trailing 12-1 in the third inning and already had scored two sixth-inning runs and had ...