Tuesday, August 19, 2014 was the sixth day of games at the Little League World Series (LLWS) in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and three elimination games were played and the losing teams were eliminated from the games. Tuesday brought tears from the teams that were eliminated from the series and the end to their Little League season, and joy from the teams that won because they will advance forward in these games. 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.
Canada 9, Tennessee 12
Mexico 11, Venezuela 1
Texas 1, Illinois 6
Wednesday, two more games will be played at the 2014 LLWS, and it is the day that many LLWS fans and players have been looking forward to. It is the day that all of the teams who have not lost a game will compete against each other. The first game includes two international teams and the second game includes the two US teams. Winners of these two games will immediately move on to the US and International (semi-finals) games on Saturday. Here is the LLWS schedule for Wednesday, August 20, 2014:
South Korea vs. Japan at 3 p.m. (Eastern)
Las Vegas vs. Philadelphia – 7:30 p.m.
The video to the left shows the Rhode Island coach, Dave Belisle talking to his LLWS team after their close loss and elimination Monday night. It is an incredibly moving and tearful speech as he praises them for all of their hard work this season.
The Las Vegas, Nevada team is the Little League team to beat at these games. 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.
One of the biggest stories at the LLWS this year 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. 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.
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.