Sunday, two games took place on the final day of the Little League World Series (LLWS) in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Saturday’s games were live on ABC and ESPN, and every game can be viewed on the ESPN website. South Korea and Chicago competed today for the Little League World Championship title. Almost 29,000 people showed up to watch the final games today, according to the Little League website.
The first game played today was a competition for third place at the 2014 LLWS, and Japan and the Las Vegas, Nevada Little League team played each other. The game was a complete domination by the Japan Little League Team; the final score was 5-0, Japan. To see a slideshow of photos from the 2014 LLWS games, click here.
The second game consisted of the South Korea and Chicago Little League teams. South Korea has been undefeated at these games, and Chicago has lost one game. South Korea started off the first inning with a run in the first few minutes of the game, and they didn’t stop there. After numerous home runs, South Korea won the 2014 Little League World Series title. Chicago attempted to make a comeback in the bottom of the final inning, and scored 2 runs, but it wasn’t enough with the lead that the South Korean team had. The final score was 8-4, South Korea.
The winning team of the 2014 Little League World Series, South Korea will now take a visit to Washington DC, meet the President, tour some of the baseball fields in the Northeast and get to meet some of the Major League Baseball players. Both teams who played in the final game, have quite a home coming to look forward to when they get back. Parades have been scheduled and the South Korean players will get to see their parents. Only one of the parents could afford to make the 30-hour journey to South Williamsport, PA.
Saturday, Japan was the favorite in their game with South Korea, but it wasn’t meant to be. For more on the South Korea vs. Japan game, click here.
The Las Vegas Little League team was undefeated at these LLWS games until the semi-finals yesterday, and they were favored to win. Their game was very close and these two teams seemed to be equally matched. Each team had quite a few ups and down, and the emotion could be read on their faces and in their body language. After the last two innings of the game, Chicago came out on top. For more on their game on Saturday, click here.
Mo’Ne Davis from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Little League team has created quite a stir at the 2014 LLWS games, and this week she appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine; the 13-year-old Mo’Ne came into the media spotlight over the last week as the pitcher of her Little League team. Mo’Ne Davis is the youngest athlete ever to appear on the cover. ESPN called Mo’Ne the best player on the Philadelphia Little League team, and her pitches average 70 mph. For more on her story, click here.
This is the 75th annual Little League Baseball World Series and each year the LLWS games are played in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The annual LLWS event brings tens of thousands of families, fans, and players from around the world to watch 10 day of games. To see a list of all of the Little League teams that are playing at the 2014 LLWS, click here.
The LLWS games can be dramatic, heart breaking, or an absolute joy for the winning teams. 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), and most of the players are astute baseball fans.
Each year, the LLWS starts with sixteen teams; eight United States (US) and eight international teams. It’s double elimination and each team gets to play three games at the LLWS with the final game being a consolation game. The final championship game will consist of one US team and one International team, and that game will be played on August 24, 2014.
If a LLWS team loses or wins at the LLWS games, they return to their suite-like surroundings at The Grove and get to live like rock stars for the time they are there. Amenities 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 allowed! To see a video about The Grove, click here and look for the video on the left.
Sources: ESPN live and LLBWS.org