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Japan limits Panama’s batters

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A closer look at Kawaguchi Little League from Kawaguchi, Japan’s win over Vacamonte Little League from Arraijan, Panama, 4-2, on Thursday at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Top of the fourth inning — Just when it looked like Mexico was gaining momentum and threatening to ...

Williamsport falls in extra-inning contest

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GRANVILLE, W.Va. — The Williamsport Crosscutters lost for the second time this season to the West Virginia Black Bears in walk-off fashion, losing on Sunday afternoon, 5-4, in 10 innings in the series finale. Ben Pelletier hit his team-leading seventh home run of the season, while upping ...

Ho Choi goes distance on mound in victory

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A closer look at the South Seoul LL of Seoul, South Korea’s 5-1 win over Metamoros LL of Metamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico on Sunday at Volunteer Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Ji Hyung Choi hustles home for the first run of the game — In the top of the first inning Choi crossed home on a ...

Golf tip of the week: Grip club in the fingers

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Sixty percent of the golfers that come to me for instruction, hold the golf club incorrectly. Most golfers grip the club in the palm of the hand and not the fingers. Gripping the club in the palm of the hands creates tension and prohibits a proper club release. If you held a hammer in the ...

Selvaggi continues to honor his mother

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Ryan Selvaggi started slow against Oklahoma and walked the first three batters he faced. It was the Southwest Regional championship’s first inning and the biggest game the Post Oak Little League had ever played at that point. The situation could make nearly any athlete nervous. Instead, ...

Bucknell gets its offense rolling in victory over Niagara

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LEWISBURG — Bucknell sophomore Jenna Marek got the Bucknell offense going with a tally just over 10 minutes into her first career start, and three more Bison found the back of the net in a 4-1 victory over Niagara at Emmitt Field on Sunday afternoon. After opening the season with a 1-0 ...

Peachtree City finally overcame regional hurdle

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Snow rarely falls in Peachtree City, Georgia but when it did last winter Connor Soper maintained his daily routine. He plodded through the snow and kept throwing the baseball off his pitchback. The ball often fell through the snow on its way back, but Soper kept throwing. Peachtree City ...

Nishina’s 2 RBIs help lift Hawaii past Michigan

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A closer look at the Honolulu, Hawaii’s 8-3 win over Grosse-Pointe, Michigan on Sunday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Ka’olu Holt ending Michigan’s first-inning rally — Michigan already had taken a 1-0 lead and was poised to do more damage, loading the bases with two outs. A big ...

Frazier, Conforto, Kingery all return to Series

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Todd Frazier always makes sure the TVs in the Mets clubhouse are turned to Little League World Series games. Even 20 years after he led Toms River, New Jersey, to a world championship, the tournament is still part of him. Sunday afternoon, he shared the place which holds such a special place ...

Speedy Polk hopes that it is his time

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STATE COLLEGE — It seems like a lifetime ago, the 2015 season opener, when Brandon Polk burst onto the Penn State scene. What most will remember about his first game, a 27-10 loss at Temple, is that Christian Hackenberg, seemingly wearing cement shoes behind a matador offensive line, ...

Cutters blow lead then come back to top West Virginia

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Matt Kroon’s two-run single through the right side in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Williamsport Crosscutters to a 5-4 win over the West Virginia BlackBears on Saturday evening at Monongalia County Ballpark. Kroon’s game-winning single scored both Jake Holmes and Brayan ...

McCrea overcomes injuries to reach Series

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The mask he wears which protects his face makes Matthew McCrea Jr. look like a superhero. While he is just a human, McCrea has displayed superhero toughness this summer. The Des Moines, Iowa, center fielder/second baseman twice has endured brutal facial injuries, but he is still standing. ...

Brennan Hill is 3rd brother to reach LLWS

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They are brothers, but family sporting events always remain fiercely competitive. The advantage Tyler and Drew Hill held over youngest brother Brennan the past year was the Little League World Series. Tyler and Drew both played for Grosse-Pointe Wood-Shores Little League at the Series in 2013 ...

Spain didn’t feel pressure playing powerhouse Japan

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Oscar Roman didn’t mince words with his players when they spoke about playing Japan on Friday at the Little League World Series. He couldn't afford to. Spain doesn’t have anything remotely close to the tradition of success Japan has had in South Williamsport over the last 25 to 30 years. ...

Dream has become a reality for Smith and Coeur d’Alene

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The Seattle Mariners’ usher just witnessed a first. He never met Jeff Smith before, but this news must be shared. Smith’s 5-year-old son Cooper had just watched the entire game and never took his eyes off the field. He had his pregame popcorn and soda, but it was all baseball after that. ...