Saturday, the International and U.S. Championship games were played at the 2015 Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Pearland, Texas team played the Lewisberry, Pennsylvania Red Land little league team for the U.S. Championship title and it was a close game. Pennsylvania’s Cole Wagner scored the first run of the game and it was a home run, and Texas returned with a home run. By the bottom of the sixth inning, it was tied 2-2. Pennsylvania had two people on base with 1 out when a base hit brought a run in and they won the U.S. Championship title. Final score 3-2 Pennsylvania.
Over 7,000 team started this little league season and only one can win the U.S. Championship title and it was the Red Land little league team from Lewisberry, Pennsylvania. The Red Land little league team will move on to play Japan tomorrow for the World Series title.
Over 45,000 people attended the U.S. Championship game in South Williamsport (larger than most MLB stadiums); many to support the Pennsylvania Red Land little league team. The crowd was almost deafening in the bottom of the sixth inning cheering for their team. Pennsylvania is undefeated so far this little league season.
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 air live on ESPN and ABC and the games can also 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.
Sunday’s schedule (in Eastern time) at the 2015 LLWS includes:
Texas vs. Mexico – 10 a.m.
Japan vs. Pennsylvania – 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 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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