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Martinez, Curacao advance in elimination bracket

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Here’s a closer look at Willemstad, Curacao’s, 9-2 win over Maracaibo, Venezuela, on Tuesday in an elimination game at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: If Venezuela was going to get back in the game, the bottom of the fourth inning is when it was going to do it. The Latin America ...

Virginia faced some early obstacles

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South Riding, Virginia finds itself one victory from reaching the U.S. Championship after routing its first two Little League World Series opponents. Two games into districts, the Loudoun South American Little League found itself one loss from seeing its all-star run quickly end. As great ...

Central East Maui LL making an impact

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Hawaii Little League Baseball teams have made quite an impact at the Little League World Series since 2005. Starting that year when Ewa Beach captured the world championship, and running through last season when Honolulu took the world title, four straight Hawaii teams that reached the world ...

Mateo more than just a big 12-year-old; he’s talented

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Jairo Labrador once played and now coaches football. He is a big man, a former lineman who sometimes can dwarf his players. But even he is looking up at Yadi Mateo. The hard-throwing, sweet-swinging Elizabeth, New Jersey pitcher/infielder stands out on the field and above everyone he ...

Mid-Atlantic champs blank Rhode Island

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A closer look at the 2-0 Elizabeth, New Jersey win over Barrington, Rhode Island, Tuesday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Sal Garcia’s aggressive dash home — The game was scoreless with one out and two runners on in the top of the sixth inning. Rhode Island was playing its infield in ...

Little League World Series about more than wins and losses

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It was only a minute or two after Kentucky and Australia’s players went through the handshake line Monday that the two teams and coaches came together again in front of the pitcher’s mound. The Great Lakes champions and Australian champions began exchanging their hats with one another. ...

Atencio comes up clutch for LA

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Here is a closer look at Maracaibo, Venezuela’s 8-7 win over Guadalupe, Mexico on Monday at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Luis Atencio came up with runners on second and third and two outs. Down by a run he had the chance to be the difference-maker in the game and he came through. ...

Stott’s hit, Carvajal’s throw prevent blown lead for Cutters

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Bryson Stott doubled home the winning run in the top of the 10th in a crazy, 8-7, Crosscutters win at West Virginia on Monday night to head into the all-star break. The Crosscutters held a 7-0 lead in the sixth inning on the strength of a five RBI performance by Hunter Hearn, but the Black ...

Huff leads Kentucky to consolation win

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Here is a closer look at Bowling Green, Kentucky’s 4-1 win over Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on Monday at Volunteer Stadium in a crossover consolation game. PLAY OF THE GAME: Kentucky’s back-to-back singles in the top of the second inning set the tone for the Great Lakes champions. ...

Years-long goal of making Series achieved by New Jersey

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The more improvement Elizabeth, New Jersey, players have shown this summer, the more Jairo Labrador and Lou Aponte’s arms have ached. And they are completely fine with that. The Elmora Youth Little League all-stars are competing at the Little League World Series for the first time and they ...

No. 5 pitcher Rosina leads Caribbean champs past Canada

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Here is a closer look at Willemstad, Cuaracao’s, 8-1 win over Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, on Monday at Lamade Stadium in an elimination game. PLAY OF THE GAME: Shendrion Martinus came up with one out and a runner on second just three batters into the game and came up big with a ...

Louisiana stays alive

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A closer look at the 10-0, 4-inning River Ridge, Louisiana win over Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Monday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Ryan Darrah helped Louisiana end last night’s game early, lacing a walk-off single into right field that capped a five-run inning. It was a fitting end for ...

Just 6 years into program, River Ridge finding success

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Eastbank Little League celebrated its debut six years ago. This summer it is celebrating one of the best overall seasons any Little League has ever had. A league which did not exist as late as 2013 now has produced both a Little League Baseball World Series and Little League Softball World ...

Oregon coaches allow players to play free and easy

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As Idaho players celebrated making the sixth-inning’s second out, Salem, Oregon’s, Henry Mhoon took a few steps off third base. Salem trailed by a run and was an out from seeing its season end. Most players never would have thought about wandering too far from third. The situation might ...

Cubs hit 3 homers and beat Pirates in Classic

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By MITCH RUPERT mrupert@sungazette.com Anthony Rizzo trotted back to the third-base dugout. Behind it, members of the Mexico Little League World Series team bowed in unison in a “we’re not worthy” moment Wayne and Garth would have been proud of. Rizzo stopped at the top step of the ...