WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — This year's Little League World Series and the championship tournaments in six other Little League divisions have been canceled because of the coronavirus...
Put them in, coach. The boys and girls of summer are ready to play.
But Little League, like most of the sports world, has been benched. Youth baseball fields sit empty, and parents mourn the...
JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — Two former high-ranking officials with a New Jersey youth baseball league whose all-star team played in the Little League World Series two years ago have admitted stealing...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump's rally in Louisiana (all times local):
President Donald Trump is incorporating the winners of the 2019 Little League World...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The winners of the 2019 Little League World Series are flying home from Washington to Louisiana in style — aboard Air Force One.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Little League World Series champions are getting more recognition.
Krewe of Bacchus Captain Clark Brennan says the East Bank team and the Eastbank girls World...
EWING TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has honored the team that competed in the Little League World Series after capturing the state and Mid-Atlantic Championships.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is applauding the Louisiana team that claimed its first Little League World Series title, tweeting: "Congratulations to Louisiana's Champions. See you at...
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — For the second straight day, a line drive found the glove of Louisiana shortstop Stan Wiltz and a dogpile ensued in the infield at Lamade Stadium. Stan was fine with...
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Louisiana's Reece Roussel had a two-run single that broke the Little League World Series tournament record for hits with 15. At the time, it seemed like a...
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Since the Little League World Series expanded to 16 teams back in 2001, there hasn't been a championship that featured two teams from the elimination bracket — until...
The Little League World Series is getting bigger.
And a team from Cuba will be making the trip to the tournament no later than 2022 under an expanded format announced Saturday.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — As soon as the ball came off his bat, Curley Martha pointed to the sky — he knew that one was gone.
Curley hit a two-run homer to center in the fifth inning...
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Pitcher Curley Martha hit a two-run homer to center in the fifth inning to help Curacao beat Japan 5-4 and advance to the Little League World Series title...
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Japan is just one win away from its eighth Little League World Series championship game appearance this decade. The Chofu City Little League team is continuing what...
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Hawaii has played eight games at the Little League World Series over the last two years without a loss. This year's team, the first ever from the island of Maui,...
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Can anybody beat Japan? It's been a common question at the Little League World Series over the last decade.
Since 2010, no team has been more dominant or won...
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The bleachers at Volunteer Stadium were nearly full when Kentucky took on Australia, but to outfielder Jackson Idlett, the whole thing felt low key.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — When Alan Bowden, manager of the Virginia Little League team, called time with one out left in the top of the fourth inning Sunday, it didn't matter that his team...
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Ray Amato takes in the scene from the very top of Lamade Stadium as the signature chant of the New Jersey Little League team echoes through the stands: "Let's go...
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A softball slugger from Iowa and a baseball player from Florida won the inaugural Little League Home Run Derby on Saturday at the Little League World Series.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Just before he threw the first pitch in the biggest game of his life, Grayson Newman bent down on the Lamade Stadium pitching mound and swiped his finger through the...
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Hawaii sits behind all but 10 U.S. states in population, but when it comes to the Little League World Series, it's become America's hottest team.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Maddy Freking's left foot points back toward home plate as she assumes her stance inside a mesh batting cage on the grounds of Little League headquarters. The bat...
HUDSON, Ohio (AP) — The only woman among the 16 umpires for this month's Little League World Series is hoping to be an example for her three sons by pursuing what she loves regardless of what...
JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — Two former high-ranking officials with a New Jersey youth baseball league whose all-star team played in the Little League World Series two years ago have been indicted on...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mo'ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a Little League World Series game, will attend Hampton University and play softball.
HONOLULU (AP) — The 14 boys and three coaches who delivered Hawaii its first Little League World Series title in a decade received a hero's welcome on their return home.
The team was showered in lei, handed food and greeted by a roaring crowd upon their exit from the Honolulu airport Monday.
The team shook hands with Gov. David Ige, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho and other city officials. The Royal Hawaiian Band played for them as they entered a news conference.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — It only took one pitch for Mana Lau Kong to deliver Hawaii its first Little League World Series title in a decade.
Against a South Korea team that hadn't surrendered a home run in the tournament, Kong drove the first pitch his team saw over the center field fence. As he rounded the bases and headed home, his teammates poured out of the dugout in a pack led by pitcher Ka'olu Holt and formed a huddle around home plate.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Dominant pitching Saturday got South Korea and Hawaii to the Little League World Series championship on Sunday.
Neither of the starters — Choi Ji-hyung for South Korea and Aukai Kea for Hawaii — can pitch for the title, but that's OK. They each have done damage with their bats, too.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — After striking out his 15th batter to end the game, Hawaii's Aukai Kea pumped his fists and let out a shout for all to hear.
Within seconds, Kea's teammates sprinted to the pitcher's mound to congratulate their team's ace, hugging and pounding on him. Hawaii shut out Georgia 3-0 and Kea's complete game sealed its berth in the Little League World Series championship.
"I just pitched my heart out," Kea said. "Did as best I could."
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — South Korea won the international bracket Saturday at the Little League World Series and there's no question who led the way.
Choi Ji-hyung blasted his third home run of the LLWS, then struck out seven over 4 2/3 innings Saturday, giving South Korea a spot in the tournament championship with a 2-1 win over Japan.
South Korea will play Hawaii, which shut out Georgia 3-0 to win the U.S. bracket, in the Little League World Series championship on Sunday.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Those who had hoped to see a rematch of last week's 11-inning thriller between Hawaii and Georgia at the Little League World Series got their wish.
The two teams will meet again Saturday, this time with a championship berth on the line. The winner of the game for the U.S. title will face the victor of Japan and South Korea on Sunday.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The international bracket final Saturday at the Little League World Series will be a rematch of the two teams that have looked the best so far on that side the tournament — Kawaguchi, the representative of defending champion Japan, and Seoul, South Korea.
The twist is that Japan, the LLWS team of the decade, may be the underdog.
The winner gets either Hawaii or Georgia, the teams in the U.S. final, in the championship on Sunday.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Ryan Gibson remembers buying clothes from the local Salvation Army to put together his first umpire uniform when he was about 14 years old. Jeff Pruitt recalls going to thrift stores to buy gray pants and a blue, button-down shirt.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Baseball looks like it comes easily to Hawaii's Aukai Kea.
Case in point, Honolulu's first game of the Little League World Series, when Kea slugged a walk-off home run after tossing 6 1/3 shutout innings.
But even he isn't afraid to admit it — playing on national television and meeting major league players can be quite daunting.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — New bat rules aimed at keeping the ball in play and pitchers safer are having another effect at the Little League World Series: fewer home runs.
Until this season, bats were frequently made from reinforced carbon fiber polymer. The problem was that as they were used over time, the bats actually sent balls farther and at higher speeds — sometimes called the trampoline effect.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Jason Vargas never talks to fans from the on-deck circle, just like major league teams never line up after a game and shake hands.
Put a big league game in a tiny park full of 11 and 12 year olds, though, and those kinds of customs get tossed aside.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The Chicago Cubs will face the Pittsburgh Pirates in next year's Little League Classic.
The game will be held at Bowman Field on Aug. 18, 2019. The Cubs and Pirates will attend Little League World Series games earlier in the day.
The matchup was announced Sunday night during the Mets-Phillies game in Williamsport. It will once again be part of ESPN's Sunday night schedule.
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday:
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Outfielder Rolando Rodriguez from Panama heard a reporter's question, but doesn't speak English. So Georgia shortstop Tai Peete helped him out, pecking the words into Google Translate to ask about how young baseball players are sharing technology during the Little League World Series.
"It was easier than expected," Rodriguez said of the language barrier, speaking through an interpreter.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — People in the Japanese city of Kawaguchi have long memories.
They still recall the last time a team from this town north of Tokyo made it to the Little League World Series, ultimately losing to Georgia in the 2006 final.
"A lot of people (in Kawaguchi) say '2006. Don't forget about it, get the title back to Japan,'" manager Hiroyuki Takahashi said through an interpreter.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A Rhode Island little league baseball team is headed to the big game.
The Coventry Little League team is going to the Little League World Series after beating their Massachusetts rivals 3-2 Sunday to win the New England Regional Championship.
The team had previously lost to Pittsfield, Massachusetts 9-1. The score was tied 2-2 Sunday going into the fourth inning, but the team pulled away with Jake Mather's solo home run in the fifth inning.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sixteen teams from the U.S. and 16 international ones have qualified to play in the inaugural Jr. NBA World Championship next month.
The tournament will be for boys and girls, ages 13 and 14, from Aug. 7-12 in Orlando, Florida. The NBA announced the qualifying teams and their rosters Thursday.
JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — Two former high-ranking officials with a New Jersey youth baseball league whose all-star team played in the Little League World Series last summer have been accused of misappropriating more than $118,000 in league funds.
Tony Del Vecchio, who had been president of the Holbrook Little League in Jackson, and former league treasurer John Lehmann were both arrested Friday and charged with theft and conspiracy.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA is starting an international youth basketball tournament using a format similar to baseball's Little League World Series.
The Jr. NBA World Championship will be open to boys and girls teams ages 14 and under. The league says Monday it will be played Aug. 7-12, 2018, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will play another game in the city of the Little League World Series.
The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies will face off Aug. 19 at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, under a change to next season's schedule announced Friday. The game will be part of ESPN's Sunday night schedule.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Little League baseball team that challenged for the world title was feted Wednesday by the state's elected leaders, who praised them for their on-the-field accomplishments and for representing the state well to those who watched them.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the celebration of a North Carolina Little League team that reached the national finals (all times local):
The North Carolina Little League baseball team that reached this year's national finals is being praised by state politicians for their hard work and for representing the state well on a world stage.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The crack of the bat, the gasp from the crowd, a fist pump on the trip around the bases and then a happy hop to waiting teammates at home plate.
Japan went through the routine three times in the fourth inning of the Little League World Series championship Sunday as Daisuke Hashimoto, Keitaro Miyahara and Natsuki Yajima homered, turning a tight game with Lufkin, Texas, into a 12-2 rout.