Thursday, the first four games were played at the 2014 Little League World Series (LLWS). It was a perfect weather day in South Williamsport for opening day, according to ESPN (live). All of the LLWS games are shown live on ESPN and ESPN 2, and each game can be viewed on the ESPN website when it is over. An opening day parade took place Thursday in South Williamsport before the start of the games. See the video above for an overview of the parade and where the games are being played.
Thursday, two international teams and two teams from the United States played each other on opening day at the Little League World Series. Here are the scores for the games that took place on day one:
Game one (scores are updated on the Little League website):
Asia-Pacific - Seoul LL - Seoul, South Korea - 10
Europe-Africa - South Moravia LL - Brno, Czech Republic - 3
Northwest - Lynnwood Pacific LL - Lynnwood, Washington - 2
Great Lakes - Jackie Robinson West LL - Chicago, Illinois - 12
Australia - Perth Metro North LL - Perth, Australia - 3
Caribbean - Miguel Luzunaris LL - Humacao, Puerto Rico - 16
West - Mountain Ridge LL - Las Vegas, Nevada - 12
Midwest - Canyon Lake LL - Rapid City, South Dakota - 2
Two games ended early today because of the 10-run rule.
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. The final LLWS championship game will be played Sunday, August 24.
Friday, four more games will be played at the 2014 LLWS, and there is one team that people around the country have been waiting for. It is the team from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The pitcher for the mid-atlantic team at the LLWS is Mo’ne Davis and she is a powerhouse pitcher at 13 years old. Her story has already gained national attention; USA Today reported that her fastball is 70 mph. Sunday, the Philadelphia Little League team defeated Delaware 8-0 and paved their way to the LLWS. Mo’Ne Davis struck out 6 players during that game.
Friday’s LLWS schedule:
The first game will be played at 1 p.m. Eastern:
Canada - South Vancouver LL - Vancouver, British Columbia
Mexico - Guadalupe Linda Vista LL - Guadalupe, Nuevo León
The second game will be played at 3 pm Eastern:
Mid-Atlantic - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Southeast - South Nashville LL - Nashville, Tennessee
The third game will be played at 5 pm Eastern:
Japan - Tokyo Kitasuna LL - Tokyo, Japan
Latin America - Coquivacoa LL - Maracaibo, Venezuela
The fourth game will be played at 7 pm Eastern:
New England - Cumberland American LL - Cumberland, Rhode Island
Southwest - Pearland East LL - Pearland, Texas
To see a list of all of the Little League teams that will play at the 2014 LLWS, click here.
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.
The LLWS games can be dramatic, heart breaking, and an absolute joy for the teams that win. 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).
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! For more information on The Grove, click here.
To see a slideshow of photos from the 2013 LLWS games, click here.
To see a complete schedule of all of the 2013 Little League World Series games, click here.
To read about, see photos and watch a recap video about the 2012 LLWS games, click here.
To read about the 2010 LLWS games, click here.
To read about the incredible 2009 Little League World Series games, click here.
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