Sunday evening, in a surprise turn of events the Pearland, Texas little league team defeated the Bonita, California little league team 8-4 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. The Texas little league team was the first to get a run on the board in the top of the first inning. The California team hasn’t had a game this season where they scored less than 6 runs, according to the San Diego Tribune.
Also on Sunday, Pennsylvania played the South Carolina. A massive crowd of over 32,000 people appeared in South Williamsport to watch the Lewisberry, Pennsylvania team. 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. This year’s Pennsylvania team is undefeated this season and has quickly become one of the powerhouse teams at this LLWS.
Pennsylvania dominated the score board in the first few innings with six runs, and in the top of the fourth inning, South Carolina made four runs and began to shake the confidence level of the undefeated PA team, and in the top of the sixth inning SC was up 7-6. But PA came back in the bottom of the sixth and won it 8-7.
Pennsylvania will move on to play Texas on Wednesday night, and South Carolina will play Kentucky on Monday.
Also on Sunday, Japan defeated Mexico 3-1 and Venezuela defeated Uganda 7-1.
The Little League World Series (LLWS) games air live on ESPN and ABC and the games can also be viewed on the ESPN website.
Monday, all games are elimination games and it is the chance for one team from each game to move on. Monday’s LLWS game schedule is as follows (in Eastern time):
Oregon vs. Dominican Republic – 12:00 PM
Mexico vs. Australia – 2:00 PM
South Carolina vs. Kentucky – 4:00 PM
Uganda vs. Chinese Taipei – 6:00 PM
California vs. Rhode Island – 8:00 PM
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.
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 a few 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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