Thursday night, during an elimination game at the 2015 Little League Baseball World Series, the Bonita, California team faced off against the Pearland, Texas little league team.
California’s first base player and pitcher, Jacob Baptista made a cheap shot against a Texas player, and the coach for Texas attempted to get someone to do something about it, but nothing happened during the game. ESPN replayed the cheap shot a few times after they noticed the Texas player was clearly in pain, and rubbing his left arm after what looked like an injury. Jacob Baptista is looking in the opposite direction and was waiting for the ball, but it was never thrown and he stuck his right arm out behind him across first base as the Texas player crossed over the base, hitting him in the shoulder.
At the time, California was down one run. YouTube comments about the video range from Baptista should’ve been thrown out of the game to his coaches should’ve dealt with it right away. At the time, ESPN commentators said that they hoped it was an accident, but clearly it doesn’t appear to be that way. See the video above of the cheap shot made by Jacob Baptista.
The Little League World Series (LLWS) games air live on ESPN and ABC and the games can also be viewed on the ESPN website.
California was undefeated this season until they came up against the Texas little league team and lost to them twice. Texas defeated the California team in overtime 9-7. For more on Thursday night’s game, click here.
The Pearland, Texas little league team surprised everyone by defeating the Bonita, California little league team twice at the 2015 Little League Baseball World Series. Prior to the game, everyone seemed confident that the California team would win the game, but it wasn’t meant to be. For more on this story, click here.
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 are playing 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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