Saturday, the final four teams arrived at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport to play in the International and US Championship games at the 2014 Little League World Series (LLWS). Photos of the four competing teams were posted early Saturday morning on the Little League Facebook page. Saturday's games will air live on ABC, and can be viewed on the ESPN website at any time.
Saturday's first game will take place at 12:30 pm Eastern, and will consist of the undefeated South Korea team and the Japan team; these two teams will compete for the title of 2014 International Champion. The second game will consist of the undefeated Las Vegas Little League team and the Chicago team; these two teams will compete for the title of 2014 US Champions. The winners of both games will play each other Sunday for the 2014 World Champion Little League title.
See the slideshow of photos to the left for the history of LLWS games this week. Thursday, two games were played at the Little League World Series after a half hour rain delay before the second game. The Philadelphia and Chicago Little League teams competed in an elimination game, and Chicago won the game in a close score of 5-6.
This week, Mo’Ne Davis from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Little League team appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated; 13-year-old 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.
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 two teams they have played so far, and in each game by more than 10 runs. 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