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Chandler Spencer, of Texas, tries to run home as Connecticut’s Aidan Rivera plays catcher during Sunday’s game at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport. (CARA MORNINGSTAR/Sun-Gazette)
Chandler Spencer, 19 of Southwest, tries to run home as Aidan Rivera, 5 of New England, plays catcher during the Southwest versus New England Little League game at Lamade Stadium at the Little League World Series Complex in South Williamsport on Sunday.

Defensive gem key for Texas

Little League Extra

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

Little League Extra

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

Little League Extra

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

Little League Extra

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 ...

Joe Torre poses for photographs with members of the Emilia, Italy team, representing the Europe-Africa region, on Sunday at the Little League World Series complex. (KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette)

Manfred helps make day a success

Little League Extra

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

Little League Extra

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 ...

Little League Classic a chance to grow the game

Local Sports

Among the excitement the Little League World Series brings to the Williamsport area every August, new excitment will fill the air tonight. Instead of counting down the final days of summer when the World Series begins, like past years, the sports world will count down the hours until the first ...

Longtime coach a Lufkin landmark

Little League Extra

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 ...

McCutchen back at one of earliest home fields

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PITTSBURGH — After playing in nearly 1,300 Major League games since he got called up to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009, you will have to forgive five-time MLB All-Star Andrew McCutchen for not exactly remembering a ton about playing in Williamsport. Nine years in the big leagues, over 1,400 ...

Lions have the chance to be strong on special teams yet again

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UNIVERSITY PARK — Special teams were a major obstacle for Penn State not that long ago, then it all changed last season when a special teams highlight turned into the program’s most important play in many years. Marcus Allen’s blocked field goal and Grant Haley’s touchdown return ...

Sioux Falls toppled Rapid City machine

Little League Extra

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 ...

Hurdle remembers time managing Bills, being at Bowman

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PITTSBURGH — It has been awhile since Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has stepped foot inside of Bowman Field in Williamsport. In fact, if you want to be exact on just how long, it’s been 26 years now. Hurdle’s wife, Karla, is a Muncy native and he has been to Muncy and the ...

Cutters pitching hit hard in loss

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The wheels continued to fall off of the season for the Williamsport Crosscutters on Saturday as a 10-run inning by Batavia gave the Muckdogs a rain-shortened, 11-1 win. Williamsport has lost 9 of 11 games. Scheduled for a doubleheader, the second game was postponed because of rain to ...

Grosse Pointe squad product of proud baseball community

Little League Extra

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. ...

Coil against the right leg for power

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The right leg retains the pressure of the upper body coil. Push the right knee inward (to the left) before starting the backswing. Allowing the right knee to move to the right, forces the right instep to raise up causing the body to shift back of the ball (left foot for the left-hand ...

Mexico combines for no-hitter in win

Little League Extra

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

Little League Extra

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 ...

From left, New Jersey’s John Grano, Charlie Meglio and Anthony Abbonizio celebrate at home after scoring three runs against Michigan on Saturday at Lamade Stadum. (KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette)

Cartnick blasts 2 homers

Little League Extra

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 ...

Dominican Republic second baseman Jeremy Solano is late on the tag on a double by Australia’s Harrison Wheeldon in the first inning at Volunteer Stadium on Saturday evening.  (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

Australia rally comes up shy

Little League Extra

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 ...