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Little League Extra

Just 6 years into program, River Ridge finding success

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

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 ...

Lee tosses no-hitter for Virginia

A closer look at the South Riding, Virginia’s 11-0, four-inning win over Coon Rapids, Minnesota, on Sunday at Lamade Stadium. Justin Lee threw a no-hitter, Virginia’s second straight at the Series. PLAY OF THE GAME: Justin Lee’s game-ending strikeout — Before 2017, no American team had ...

Big Leaguers at the Series

A photographic look at the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs visit to Williamsport and the Little League World Series.

Japan advances with shutout win

Here is a closer look at Chofu City, Tokyo’s 5-0 win over Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon on Sunday at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Pitcher Yuto Kakeba was dominant on the mound, but also with the bat as he drilled a leadoff second-inning home run to put Japan up 1-0 and they would not look ...

Elmora LL has grown under Abbate since 1999

Ralph Abbate usually starts slowing down when mid-August hits. The long-time Elmora Youth Little League board member has immersed himself in the league over the last three decades, serving as league president and now treasurer while running an informative web page and helping in just about ...

South Riding is 1st Virginia team at LLWS since 1994

Loudoun South American Little League put together a remarkable run last summer, making history along the way and playing into August. The only thing missing was the perfect ending. That came this summer. A year after coming within a victory of reaching the Little League World Series, ...

Kelley living LLWS dream for the 3rd time

Rick Kelley began his Little League coaching career 40 years ago. He spent the first 35 years dreaming about someday coaching in the Little League World Series. He now is living that dream for a third time. Kelley helped Bowling Green East Little League reach the Series for the first time ...

Simmons homers, but Cutters fall on road

From staff reports MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Kendall Simmons homered in his second consecutive game but it wasn’t enough for the Crosscutters in a 7-3 loss at West Virginia on Sunday afternoon. Williamsport (25-37) had its three-game win streak snapped. Simmons crushed his 11th of the season ...

South Korea’s Yang doesn’t allow hit

Here is a closer look at South Chungcheong, South Korea’s 4-0 win over Willemstad, Curacao on Sunday at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Third basemen Deshandro Tromp from Curacao made a leaping catch with runners on the corners and two outs to keep South Korea from scoring in the first ...

Tanous sparks Rhode Island outburst

A closer look at the Barrington, Rhode Island 6-1 win over Bowling Green, Kentucky, Saturday at Lamade Stadium: PLAY OF THE GAME: Rhode Island has received a major boost from its reserves all summer and the bench again came up big. After Alex Anderson hit a leadoff single, Miles Fontaine ...

Barrington LL is reaching new heights

The Barrington Little League All-Stars did not initially know what winning a state championship meant after defeating Cranston Western, 10-7, late last month. But they sure started understanding it as they prepared to leave for the New England Regional tournament a week later. Town council ...

Pirates excited for return trip to Williamsport

PITTSBURGH — In the corner of Pirates manager Clint Hurdle’s PNC Park office sits a wooden table, and atop that black painted oak lays a 2017 MLB Little League Classic commemorative baseball hat. Nestled between a black leather cushioned seat and a two-seater matching couch is a constant ...

Getting to LLWS will make CRALL stronger

The smell of hot dogs and hamburgers grilling flows through the air as parents and their kids remain at the Coon Rapids Andover American Little League field long after their games ended. These days Coon Rapids is being recognized as one of the world’s best teams after its CRALL all-stars ...

Perrot outstanding in relief as Louisiana moves on

A closer look at the River Ridge, Louisiana 3-2 win over Salem, Oregon on Saturday at Lamade Stadium: PLAY OF THE GAME: Pitcher Conner Perrot threw outstanding in relief and then started the play that helped Louisiana continue its world-title pursuit. With the tying run on first and the ...

Shanley’s 3-run double helps keep Canada alive

Here is a closer look at Coquitlam, British Columbia’s 10-0, four-inning win over Bologna, Italy, on Saturday at Volunteer Stadium: PLAY OF THE GAME: Matt Shanley came up huge for Canada when they needed him to. With two outs and bases loaded, thanks to three consecutive walks, Shanley took ...

Elmora LL honoring Trooper Thomas J. Hanratty

Everything the Elmora Youth Little League represents, everything it achieves is a tribute. Its teams wear their hearts on their sleeves, honoring their hero now and forever. This has been a remarkable summer for the Elmora Youth Little League all-stars from Elizabeth, New Jersey. It is a year ...

Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor helps fund visas for Venezuela

There was a moment after the Latin America regional tournament where Venezuela’s coaches and players weren’t sure if they’d be able to play in the Little League World Series. Venezuela won the regional championship game against David, Panama, but paying for visas to travel to the United ...

Soto tosses shutout for LA

Here is a closer look at Maraicabo, Venezuela’s 2-0 win over Sydney, New South Wales on Saturday: PLAY OF THE GAME: Brayam Apalmo’s fifth-inning single — Hendrik Maestre started the inning off with a perfectly executed bunt down the third-base line to reach. After a groundout followed ...

Jinwon Na sparks 2 South Korea rallies in victory

Here’s a closer look at South Chungcheong, South Korea’s, 10-3 win over Maracaibo, Venezuela, in the opening round of the International field Friday. PLAY OF THE GAME: Venezuela’s Brando Fernandez made one of the best catches you will ever see at the Little League World Series, charging ...