Little League Extra

Connecticut friends do remarkable things for team

Michael Iannazzo and Matthew Vivona usually are their all-star team’s youngest players. Their talents have let both Fairfield, Connecticut all-stars play up an age group the past several years. Both enjoyed the experiences and their teammates. They also enjoyed some fantastic runs, ...

Bell, Pirates win on a day all about baseball

It started with the crack of the bat. You know, that unmistakable sound of a baseball being launched to a destination among the stratosphere. The ‘oohs’ started immediately, subtle but conspicuous. Josh Bell trotted down the first-base line. He already knew where the baseball was going to ...

Canada’s win assures deep LLWS run

A closer look at the 7-3 win by White Rock-South Surrey LL, British Columbia, Canada over Luz-Maracaibo LL, Maracaibo, Venezuela Sunday afternoon at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Reid Hefflick’s three-run home run. Hefflick’s home run gave Canada an early 3-0 lead in the top of the ...

Japan defeats South Korea

A closer look at the 4-1 win by Tokyo Kitasuna LL, Tokyo, Japan over West Seoul LL, Seoul, South Korea Sunday afternoon at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: The final out. Riku Goto’s final strikeout, and the final out of the game, was a perfect representation of Goto’s performance. He ...

Defensive gem key for Texas

A closer look at the Lufkin, Texas, 6-3 win over Fairfield, Connecticut, Sunday at Lamade Stadium PLAY OF THE GAME: Texas left fielder Kyle Kolvar made what might be the play of the Series thus far. Kolvar robbed Michael Iannazzo of a game-tying, 2-run home run in the fifth inning, making a ...

Rare loss may be reason NJ is at the World Series

The Holbrook Little League all-stars spent much of the previous four years battering opponents. The Jackson, New Jersey team has mostly been together since this group was 8 years old and became the first New Jersey team to ever win age 10, 11 and 12 state championships in three straight ...

4-foot-11 third baseman lights the fuse for NJ

Jackson, New Jersey, manager Rob Grano hoped looking backward could keep his Mid-Atlantic champions moving forward Saturday afternoon. His weapon of choice was third baseman Ryan Kinsman. A year ago, Kinsman provided the 11-year-old state champions a big lift, batting lead-off. Kinsman ...

To understand Walla Walla, look at its past

The seeds were planted five years ago. And from that start, something big, something historic blossomed. Walla Walla Valley Little League is playing at the Little League World Series for the first time. It is one of the biggest things to ever happen in the history of this town of 32,000. But ...

Manfred helps make day a success

The smile wouldn’t leave Rob Manfred’s face Sunday morning. Standing along media row at Volunteer Stadium, the commissioner of Major League Baseball didn’t even try to hide his excitement for the activities taking place on the field. In a line, members of the Pittsburgh Pirates stood, ...

Greenville tops California in rout

A closer look at the Greenville, North Carolina, 16-0, five-inning win over Rancho Santa Margarita on Sunday at Lamade Stadium as Chase Anderson and Matthew Matthjis combined on a no-hitter. North Carolina became the first U.S team to ever throw consecutive no-hitters at the Series. PLAY OF ...

Longtime coach a Lufkin landmark

Seven years ago, Bud Maddux opened the first Lufkin, Texas, indoor baseball facility. It is a popular baseball attraction, featuring batting cages, fields and clinics. Now he has helped create another Lufkin landmark. The longtime coach and mentor has led Lufkin to its first Little League ...

Sioux Falls toppled Rapid City machine

Many other Little Leagues have competed throughout South Dakota this century. But only Rapid City sat on the Little League throne there. Rapid City put a headlock on the rest of the state, winning the first 17 state championships of the 2000s. The Canyon Lake and Harney Little Leagues formed ...

Grosse Pointe squad product of proud baseball community

Dick Borland and Jason Hill have been at the Little League World Series before. They were here four years ago, wondering how they arrived here while cheering on their Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League all-stars. Their league long ago established itself as one of Michigan’s best. ...

Mexico combines for no-hitter in win

A closer look at the game between Guadalupe Trevino Kelly LL of Reynosa, Mexico vs. Emilia LL of Emilia, Italy, Saturday at Volunteer Stadium, a 13-0 Mexico win in four innings: PLAY OF THE GAME: Mexico reliever Francisco Elizondo struck out Antonio Casadio to finish a five-man no-hitter. ...

Walla Walla holds on for win

A closer look at the Walla Walla, Washington 4-3 win over Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Saturday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Landon Welter started the game in center field but moved to right field in the fourth inning and immediately left his mark on the game. Welter hustled in to ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...