Friday, the Bonita, California little league team defeated the Kentucky little league team 14-2 at the 2015 Little League World Series (LLWS); eight games were played on Friday making it the busiest opening day at the LLWS ever. All sixteen teams played on Friday after Thursdays games were cancelled because of bad weather. The Little League World Series games take place in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania every year in August. On Thursday (what was supposed to be opening day), the Bonita, California little league team merchandise sold out at the little league store in Williamsport; this only goes to show how popular the team already is.
The Little League Baseball World Series games air live on ESPN and most games can be viewed on the ESPN website. For the complete list of games played Friday, click here.
The undefeated Powerhouse California team hit five home runs (all made by different players) during the California vs. Kentucky game on Friday afternoon, and Dante Schmid made a three-run home run. The game ended with the 10-run rule at the top of the fourth inning, according to Sacramento Bee. The California team won’t play again until Sunday when they play Texas, and Kentucky will play Oregon on Saturday in an elimination game.
Friday night, the most anticipated game started between the Lewisberry, Pennsylvania and the Web City, Missouri little league teams. Every few years, a Pennsylvania team makes it into the LLWS, and residents who live in the area travel to South Williamsport to see the games. Over 35,000 people are expected to show up to watch this LLWS game. For more on this story, click here.
Friday night, Mo’ne Davis, last year’s most popular player threw the opening pitch at the start of the game. Mo’ne was a rare female player at the 2014 LLWS, and she went on to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated shortly after the LLWS last year. For more on that story, click here.
Friday scores at the 2015 LLWS:
Europe-Africa (Uganda) vs. Caribbean (Dominican Republic) – 4-1 Uganda
Southwest (Texas) vs. Northwest (Oregon) – 1-0 Texas
Latin America vs. Australia – 5-2 Venezuela
Lakes vs. West (California) – 14-2 California
Canada vs. Mexico – 1-0 Mexico
Southeast (South Carolina) vs. New England (Rhode Island) 7-1 South Carolina
Asia-Pacific (Chinese Taipai) vs. Japan (Toyoko)- 7-1 Japan
Mid-Atlantic (Pennsylvania vs. Midwest (Missouri) –
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 (and where they are from) that are playing this year, click here.
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.
Playing at the LLWS 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).
All players get to live at The Grove while they are at the LLWS. 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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