Sunday, August 17, 2014 the Las Vegas, Nevada little league team played their second game at the Little League World Series (LLWS) and they have quickly become the team to beat at this series. All of the LLWS games are shown on ESPN (live), ESPN 2, and ABC and each game can be viewed on the ESPN website at any time.
Las Vegas easily defeated the Chicago Little League team 13-2 after just four innings because of the 10-run rule. The first inning brought in 2 runs for the Las Vegas team, and that continued with four home runs that brought in 11 more runs. Sunday afternoon, Brad Stone made the first grand slam at this LLWS as the crowd cheered him on.
In a live ESPN interview after the game, the Las Vegas team said that were a little nervous before the game because they had heard the Chicago pitcher was really good. The Chicago pitcher has some pitches clocked at almost 100 mph which is as good as a major league player, according to the ESPN announcer during the game.
Even though the Philadelphia pitcher, Mo’Ne Davis has become the media favorite at this LLWS, the Las Vegas team is definitely the powerhouse team to beat and they stand undefeated at 2-0 so far. The South Korea team also played Sunday, and are ranked 2-0. Four more teams have yet to play Sunday, including Philadelphia, Texas, Japan and Mexico. Mo’Ne Davis isn’t eligible to pitch until Tuesday because she pitched a full game Friday.
The biggest story so far this season at the LLWS is Mo’Ne Davis, a 13-year-old girl who threw a shut out game at the Little League World Series for the first time ever; Mo’Ne pitches for the Philadelphia Little League team and their first LLWS game ended in a 4-0 score against Nashville. See the ESPN video to the left about the only two girls playing at the LLWS. The Philadelphia team will play their second game on Sunday against Texas. For more on this story and to see a video of Mo’Ne pitching, 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.
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.
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.
Even when a team loses at the LLWS games, they are able to return to their suite-like surroundings at The Grove and they get to live like rock stars for about ten days. 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.
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SOURCES: ABC (live) and ESPN (live)
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