Sunday, the Lewisberry, Pennsylvania played the Tokoyo, Japan little league team for the title of 2015 Little League World Series (LLWS) Championship in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Earlier in the day, Texas played the Mexico team for the third place title and after a little bit of back and forth in the scoring, Texas won 6-4.
The Pennsylvania vs. Japan game blew away several all-time records, including one for the most runs scored in a LLWS game. Japan scored two runs in the first inning, and then Pennsylvania scored 10. Most teams would be completely discouraged by that first inning scoring, but Japan wasn’t. Japan typically has very low scoring games, and prior to this game they had 5 home runs at the 2015 LLWS games. But they adjusted to the type of game they were in. Japan immediately came back in the top of the second inning and started scoring. They had three back-to-back home runs and not only came back, but managed to beat Pennsylvania’s run. By the bottom of the fourth inning, the score was 13-11 Japan and by the end of the game, the score was 18-11 Japan.
Coming into this game, both of these teams were undefeated this season. The boys from the Pennsylvania little league team took the loss well and hugged the players from Japan when they congratulated them on their win.
Saturday, over 45,000 people attended the U.S. Championship game in South Williamsport (another record); many to support the Pennsylvania little league team. Pennsylvania and Texas played an incredible game and Pennsylvania was able to pull out the win in the last few seconds of the game. To read more about this game, click here.
In the first game of the day, Japan defeated Mexico in the first game and the score remained at zero until the very last second when Japan scored and won. For more on that game, click here.
The Little League World Series (LLWS) games aired live on ESPN and ABC and the games can be viewed on the ESPN website.
Thursday night, the Bonita, California team was defeated by the Pearland, Texas little league team and one of California’s players, Jacob Baptista made a cheap shot with his elbow at one of the smaller players on the Texas team. The news has created a buzz around the world and enraged some parents because nothing was done at the time. To see the video of what Jacob Baptista did, click here.
This was the 69th annual Little League Baseball World Series and each year the LLWS games brings tens of thousands of families, fans, and players from around the world to watch 10 day of games. To see a list of the teams that played this year, click here.
Little League fans can follow their favorite teams by simply downloading the GameChanger app from the Apple store or via the GameChanger website. The app is free to download and gives free access to the live stats and gameplay for the Little League World Series. Fans simply create an account for free and can start getting live updates for each game, via the app or website.
Each year, the LLWS starts with sixteen teams that include eight United States (US) and eight international teams. It’s double elimination, so each team will play at least three games at the LLWS, and the final game is a consolation game. The final championship game on August 30 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 in South Williamsport and they get to live like rock stars for about ten days. Amenities of The Grove 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 are allowed! For more information on The Grove, click here.
If you enjoyed this article, please click on the subscribe button above to receive emails when the Little League Examiner publishes a new article.