Little League Extra

Members of Japan’s team lift up their coach to celebrate after Japan defeated Lufkin, Texas in the Little League World Series Championship on Sunday afternoon at Lamade Stadium. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

Late spark carries Japan to WS title

Keitaro Miyahara took a mighty fourth-inning swing and his power toppled him over. Miyahara stayed down for a few minutes, brushed himself off and hit the next pitch way over the left-field fence. The Kitasuna Little Leaguers might be knocked down at times, but rarely are knocked out. And ...

Members of the Japanese team celebrate with one another after winning the Little League World Series by defeating Texas, 12-2, in five innings on Sunday at Lamade Stadium.  (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

Comparing champs a difficult task

Junnji Hidaka should have known the question was coming. It’s common over here for fans and media alike to rank teams. Winning teams, losing teams, playoff teams, dynasty teams. Entire TV networks, like the one broadcasting games here, spend entire days compiling these rankings and then ...

Mexico finishes in 3rd

A closer look at the Mexico’s 14-8 win over Greenville, North Carolina, Sunday at Lamade Stadium in the consolation game. PLAY OF THE GAME: North Carolina’s Cash Daniels-Moye made the play of the Series, laying out full extension to the gap to pick a fly ball off the grass and end the ...

Japan’s Keitaro Miyahara (10) is greeted by his cheering teammates at home during the International Championship game against Mexico on Saturday at Lamade Stadium. Japan won, 5-0, to advance to the World Series Championship today. (KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette)

Japan blanks Mexico

Hitting tips in the parking lot were nice, but what Tokyo Kitasuna’s Keitaro Miyahara really remembered from meeting Tom O’Malley was a reminder to play together. “It was just simple advice,” said Miyahara, recalling a lunch the team had earlier in the week with O’Malley, a former ...

Reynosa, Mexico, and Tokyo, Japan battle for international LLB championship

Tsubasa Tomii wasn't that happy with his three-inning start earlier this week when he struck out five and allowed one hit in a shutout win over Canada. He said he could do better. "Strike everyone out," said Tomii through an interpreter. The Tokyo Kitasuna Little Leaguers from Japan may ...

For ESPN broadcaster, annual trek to Series is always special

Karl Ravech, of ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, is one of five hosts covering today’s Little League World Series Championship game and according to Ravech, there isn’t just one element of the series that makes it a joy to work at. For eleven years, Ravech has covered the Little League World ...

Bobby Gray of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., tries to evade Maracaibo, Venezuela, catcher Luis Rodriguez at Original. (KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette)

Cali kids get a taste of the ‘Original’

As the California and Venezuela players and coaches stood in center field at Original Field as people took photos, they started to joke around with one another, striking various poses and laughing with one another. They all leaned in and eventually fell over, as the managers jokingly pretended ...

Montoursville also welcomes the world

“It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” Yankee catcher Yogi Berra used to say. And just because a team has been eliminated at the LLWS doesn’t mean those boys of such a very special summer are finished playing ball. Scheduled crossover games, where an American team plays an ...

ESPN’s Foudy on Series job: We’re all fighting to get on it

Add Julie Foudy to the list of ESPN personalities who consider the Little League World Series one of the better assignments on their calendar. The retired United States women’s national soccer team captain turned soccer analyst said she wanted to come for awhile, and was pleased to ge the ...

Texas second baseman Malcolm Deason tags out Connecticut’s Michael Iannazzo in the first inning on Thursday at Lamade Stadium in an elimination game.
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Texas earns spot in the US final

Malcolm Deason used all his 61 inches when he made a Houdini-like catch on a low-hit line drive on Thursday night. Two innings later he did this same thing, except the 5-foot-1 second baseman jumped high and made this grab. Deason basically epitomized his entire team with just two plays. ...

Mexico’s Isaac Miranda runs home as Canada’s Matteo Manzi plays catcher during the Mexico and Canada elimination game at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport on Thursday. Mexico advanced to face Japan on Saturday in the International Championship, eliminating Canada from the tournament. (CARA MORNINGSTAR/Sun-Gazette)
Isaac Miranda, 9 of Mexico, runs home as Matteo Manzi, 10 of Canada, plays catcher during the Mexico versus Canada Little League baseball game at Lamade Stadium at the Little League World Series Complex in South Williamsport on Thursday.

Mexico headed to international final

First, reliever Samuel Juarez’ relief pitching kept the lead. Then, Jorge Garcia’s and Jorge Lambarria’s bats expanded it. It gave Reynosa, Mexico, a 6-2 win over White Rock, B.C., in an International elimination round game Thursday at the Little League World Series at Lamade Stadium. ...

NC’s Matthijs had performance for the ages

Matt Matthijs felt his heart beating faster as Wednesday’s winners’ bracket final progressed. Lufkin, Texas thought his pitches looked even faster. On the world’s largest Little League stage, Matthijs stood tallest Wednesday. On a night when he could afford no error, the flame-throwing ...

Righter was at best when game meant the most

Jackson, New Jersey captured three straight state championships, reached this year’s Little League World Series and finished as America’s fourth-best team. Obviously, New Jersey has played a lot of baseball the past three years. The Mid-Atlantic champions constantly faced elite pitchers ...

After opening loss, puzzle pieces came together for Jersey Boys

Maybe Anthony Abbonizio explained it best. When someone asked him why his Holbrook Little League all-star team was so good, Abbonizio gave the perfect answer. The answer revealed how this Jackson, New Jersey team become one of the world’s best. “Anthony said in an interview we’re like ...

Canadians celebrate ‘a wonderful ride’

The Canada regional champion’s loss on Thursday at the Little League World Series marked the farthest the team had made it in the series in 12 years and while the team hoped to be the first Canadian team to win, their families couldn’t be prouder. “This has been one of the deepest runs ...

Lufkin faced Series-like opponents before even making it to Lamade

Before ever reaching the Little League World Series, Lufkin, Texas experienced Series-like competition. A lot. The road to South Williamsport was filled with perennial Texas powerhouses and Lufkin played three past qualifiers five times. Lufkin defeated 2003-04 qualifier Lamar, 3-time ...

North Carolina’s Cash Daniels-Moye scores as Texas catcher Chandler Spencer tries to field the throw for the winning run in extra innings at Lamade Stadium on Wednesday. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

NC wins a wild game

Greenville, North Carolina pitchers allowed their first Little League World Series hit Wednesday night. But North Carolina did not suffer its first loss. And one better believe their dominant pitching was the main reason why. Chase Anderson and Matthew Matthjis combined on a one-hitter and ...

New Jersey’s Charlie Meglio beats the attempted tag by Connecticut catcher Aidan Rivera to score on a single by Dean Daddio in the second inning of an elimination game in South Williamsport on Wednesday. (AP)

Grand slam lifts Connecticut

A closer look at the Fairfield, Connecticut , 12-2, five-inning win over Jackson, New Jersey, Wednesday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Troy Ashkinos’s grand slam. New Jersey was still hanging around, trailing by three, but Ashkinos changed everything with one big fourth-inning swing. ...