Thursday, August 21, 2014 was the eighth day of games at the Little League World Series (LLWS) in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and two elimination games were played; there was a half hour rain delay before the second game. The Little League games are shown live on ESPN and ESPN 2, and each game can be viewed on the ESPN website at any time. Thursday, the Japan team defeated the Mexico team by more than 10 runs and the game ended early with the 10-run rule. See the video to the left for a recap of the game. Japan will move on to the International Championship game on Saturday.
The Philadelphia team made an incredible attempt to come back from a 6-2 lead from the Chicago team early on in Thursday night's game and scored a few runs. But they were unable to defeat the Chicago team.
Wednesday night, there were over 34,000 people in attendance at Lamada Stadium in South Williamsport to see the Philadelphia team play the Las Vegas team. ESPN had over 3 million viewers watching the game, which was a record for a LLWS game.
Thursday, two games took place at the 2014 LLWS. Here are the scores for Thursday’s games, according to the Little League website:
Mexico 1, Japan 12
Philadelphia 5, Chicago 6
Friday, is a scheduled rain day at the 2014 LLWS and no games will be played. Saturday, Japan and South Korea will compete at the International Championship game. The US Championship game on Saturday will consist of Las Vegas and Chicago.
Tuesday, Mo’Ne Davis from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Little League team appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated; Mo’Ne came into the media spotlight over the last week as the pitcher of her Little League team. Mo’Ne Davis is the youngest athlete ever to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Mo’Ne has been called the best player on the Philadelphia Little League team, and her pitches average 70 mph. For more on her story, click here.
Saturday, the US and International (semi-finals) games will be played at the 2014 LLWS. Winners of these two games will play each other on Sunday for the title of Little League World Series Champion. Here is the schedule for Saturday, August 23, 2014:
South Korea vs. Japan at 12:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Chicago vs. Las Vegas – 3:30 p.m.
The Las Vegas, Nevada team is the Little League team to beat at these games and so far they are the undefeated. They have moved through their games quickly and have dominated the three teams they have played so far. They were the first team to hit a grand slam at these LLWS games. For more on this story, click here.
This is the 75th annual Little League Baseball World Series and each year the LLWS games are played in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The annual LLWS event brings tens of thousands of families, fans, and players from around the world to watch 10 day of games. To see a list of all of the Little League teams that are playing at the 2014 LLWS, click here.
The LLWS games can be dramatic, heart breaking, or an absolute joy for the winning teams. Making it to Williamsport is a hard earned dream for most of the 11 – 12 year olds (and 13-year-olds whose birthday is after May 1, 2014), and most of the players are astute baseball fans.
Each year, the LLWS starts with sixteen teams; eight United States (US) and eight international teams. It’s double elimination and each team gets to play three games at the LLWS with the final game being a consolation game. The final championship game will consist of one US team and one International team, and that game will be played on August 24, 2014.
If a LLWS team loses or wins at the LLWS games, they return to their suite-like surroundings at The Grove and get to live like rock stars for the time they are there. Amenities include: a large swimming pool, video games, a room full of ping pong tables, and new friends who have come from all over the world. No parents allowed! To see a video about The Grove, click here and look for the video on the left.
Sources: ESPN live and LLBWS.org