Day 1 at the Little League World Series
Cue the drama.
Fans expecting excitement from the first day of the Little League World Series Thursday as the organization celebrates its 75th anniversary instead saw four mostly one-sided games.
Jackie Robinson West LL of Chicago marked its return after a 31-year absence with a 12-2 victory in 5 innings over Lynwood, Wash., as Pierce Jones hit 3 home runs to tie an LLWS record with 5 other players, most recently Noriatsu Osaka of Tokyo in the 2012 title game.
Mountain Ridge LL of Las Vegas won its debut, 12-2 in 5 innings over Rapid City, S.D.
Internationally, Seoul, South Korea ended its 29-year drought with a 10-3 victory over Brno, Czech Republic with a 5-run fourth inning. Humacao, P.R., battered Perth, Australia, 16-3 in 4 innings thanks to a 13-run first inning where its first 14 batters reached safely.
Should people take these wins to be the signs of dominant teams? They might want to wait until watching Friday’s games first. Taney Youth Little League from Philadelphia will start Mo’Ne Davis against South Nashville LL, a returning 2013 entrant, while Pearland, Texas, here in 2010, meets Cumberland, RI, here in 2011.
Internationally, it will be Guadalupe, Mexico vs. Vancouver, B.C., and Tokyo’s Kitasuna LL against Coquicavoa LL from Maracaibo, Venezuela.