Friday, August 15, 2014 was the second day of games at the Little League World Series (LLWS) in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania; four games were played which included two international games and two USA teams. All of the games are shown live on ESPN and ESPN 2, and past games can be viewed on the ESPN website at any time.
The LLWS games can be dramatic, heart breaking, or an absolute joy for the winning teams. There are over 7,000 Little League teams in 83 countries and making it to the final 16 teams at the Little League World Series is difficult. 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.
Canada 3, Mexico 4
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4, Nashville, Tennessee 0
Japan 1, Venezuela 0
Cumberland, Rhode Island 4, Pearland, Texas 6
Rhode Island attempted to pull it out in the bottom of the sixth, and scored three runs. Rhode Island had the bases loaded and two outs when the final batter came up and hit a fly ball to center field. Texas caught the ball and the game was over.
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 championship game will be played Sunday, August 24. To see a list of all of the Little League teams that are playing at the 2014 LLWS, click here.
Friday, a girl threw a shut out game at the Little League World Series for the first time ever; 13-year-old Mo’Ne Davis pitches for the Philadelphia Little League team and their first game ended in a 4-0 score against Nashville. The Canada team also has a girl on their team this year. Mo’Ne is the fourth girl to play at the LLWS in the last ten years. For more on this story and to see a video of Mo’Ne pitching, click here.
Saturday, four more games will be played at the 2014 LLWS and the winners of the first set of games will play each other, and those teams that lost games on the first few days will play each other. Here is the game schedule for Saturday:
Australia vs. Europe-Africa – 12 p.m. (Eastern)
Washington vs. South Dakota – 2 p.m.
Canada vs. Venezuela – 5 p.m.
Tennessee vs. Rhode Island – 7 p.m.
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.
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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