Saturday, the International and U.S. Championship games were played at the 2015 Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The first game included Mexico vs. Japan and the scored was 0-0 for most of the game until the last second. The game went into overtime and during the bottom of the seventh inning, Japan had the bases loaded, with one out when they scored the winning run. Final score: 1-0 Japan.
The Little League World Series (LLWS) games air live on ESPN and ABC and the games can also be viewed on the ESPN website.
The kids from Mexico were clearly upset on the field immediately after their loss, but they congratulated the players from Japan. Japan will move on to the final world championship game on Sunday, and Mexico will play for the third place Sunday morning.
Saturday, the Pearland, Texas team is playing the Lewisberry, Pennsylvania little league team for the U.S. Championship title. The game began at 3:30 p.m. (ET). Pennsylvania is undefeated so far this season, and they have already defeated the Texas little league team on Wednesday. But Texas has fought hard to get to this game and has a lot to lose. Both teams have great pitchers, and have several players who have the ability to hit home runs.
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.
The Texas and Pennsylvania teams are well matched and these two teams generally have very high scoring games and in this game both pitchers were able to strike out most of the players from the other team. Pennsylvania scored their first run in the bottom of the first inning, and there was not a lot of action in the game. The video below shows the support that the Pennsylvania team has at the LLWS this year.
Sunday’s schedule (in Eastern time) at the 2015 LLWS includes:
The loser of today’s game vs. Mexico – 10 a.m.
Japan vs. the winner of today’s game – 3 p.m.
This is 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. The final LLWS championship game will be played Sunday, August 30. 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.
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