Sunday, the final three teams competed to become part of the final schedule for the 2015 Little League World Series (LLWS) in Williamsport, PA. The Little League World Series games begin Thursday, August 20, 2015. This weekend, the LLWS games were shown live on ESPN and many can now be viewed on the website. Saturday night, the Bonita, California little league team defeated the Hawaii little league to get their place in the final 16 teams; see the video above for a recap of that game.
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.
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.
Here is the list of the final 16 teams that will compete at the 2015 LLWS, according to LLWS.org:
Great Lakes – Bowling Green Eastern Little League – Bowling Green, Kentucky
Mid-Atlantic – Red Land Little League – Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
Midwest – Webb City Little League – Webb City, Missouri
New England – Cranston Western Little League – Cranston, Rhode Island
Northwest – Wilshire-Riverside Little League – Portland, Oregon
Southeast – Northwood Little League – Taylors, South Carolina
Southwest – Pearland West Little League – Pearland, Texas
West – Sweetwater Valley Little League – Bonita, California
Asia-Pacific – Tung Yuan Little League – Taipei, Chinese Taipei
Australia – Cronulla Little League – Sydney, Australia
Canada – White Rock South Surrey Little League – British Columbia, Canada
Caribbean – Los Bravos de Pontezuela Little League – Santiago de los Caballero, Dominican Republic
Europe-Africa – AVRS Secondary School Little League – Kampala, Uganda
Japan – Tokyo Kitasuna Little League – Tokyo, Japan
Latin America – Cardenales Little League – Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Mexico – Seguro Social Little League – Mexicali Baja California, Mexico
Each year, 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.
To see a slideshow of photos from the 2014 LLWS games and to read about how the South Korea team defeated the Chicago team and took the 2014 LLWS title, click here.
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