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  • Jackie Robinson West parents are suing ESPN and Stephen A. Smith

    02/12/2016 5:37:04 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies ^ | 2-11-2016 | Chris Cwik
    Parents from Jackie Robinson West have filed a lawsuit against ESPN and on-air personality Stephen A. Smith, according to The Big Lead. Smith is being sued for defamation, after making comments suggesting Jackie Robinson West's former coach Darold Butler fabricated documents and knew certain members on the team were ineligible as the team made its run to the Little League World Series. ... Shortly after their season ended, allegations arose that the club had cheated. One of the coaches from a team that Jackie Robinson West defeated accused the club of bringing in ringers from outside the proper districts. The...
  • Red Land vs. Japan: Keys to victory in LLWS championship [Today @ 3PM]

    08/30/2015 8:33:59 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 21 replies
    pennlive ^ | 8-30-15 | Geoff Morrow
    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT -- This is it. The last two unbeaten Little League teams in the entire world. While Red Land powered through districts, sectionals, states, regionals and the first four games of the Little League World Series en route to its first U.S. championship, Kitasuna from Tokyo was finessing its way through to the world championship. And now they meet at 3 p.m. today at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, the LLWS 2015 title up for grabs. The game will be televised live on ABC. Red Land hopes to become the first U.S. team to win the overall title since...
  • Little League World Series Live Thread [Sunday]

    08/23/2015 11:57:56 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 11 replies
    espn ^ | 8-22-15 | n/a
    Today's schedule: Game 13: Uganda vs. Venezuela, 11 a.m. (ESPN) Announcers: Dave Flemming, David Belisle, Marysol Castro Game 14: Texas vs. California, 3 p.m. (ABC) Announcers: Karl Ravech, Nomar Garciaparra, Kyle Peterson, Jaymee Sire Game 15: Mexico vs. Japan, 5 p.m. (ESPN) Announcers: Flemming, Aaron Boone, Belisle, Castro Game 16: South Carolina vs. Pennsylvania, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) Announcers: Ravech, Garciaparra, Peterson, Sire
  • Don't sugarcoat it: Jackie Robinson West is not the champion

    02/13/2015 9:20:10 PM PST · by doug from upland · 21 replies
    chicago trib ^ | 2-13-15 | Huppke
    If you care at all about the players on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, don’t call them champions. They aren’t. Wednesday’s announcement by Little League International that the team has been stripped of its U.S. title and all its wins from the 2014 Little League World Series tournament is all the proof you need. These are not champions. To say otherwise is a disservice to these kids, and they’ve already been handed a disservice big enough to last a lifetime. So don’t say, “It’s OK, kids, you’re still champions in our eyes.” Don’t say, “We don’t care, you...
  • Disgraced Jackie Robinson West Little League Team Hires Lawyer

    02/12/2015 7:41:49 PM PST · by doug from upland · 45 replies
    Disgraced Jackie Robinson West Little League Team Hires Lawyer A day after getting stripped of their national crown, officials from Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Little League team appeared Thursday with a newly hired lawyer who pledged to review Little League International's investigation to make sure it was done fairly. "I want to make sure that whatever rules and regulations applied to Jackie Robinson West were applied to every other team," the lawyer, Victor Henderson, said at a news conference. Henderson said he's also told the players, and team officials, that they should not give up their claim to the title...
  • Don't sugarcoat it: Jackie Robinson West is not the champion

    02/12/2015 9:41:54 AM PST · by B4Ranch · 56 replies ^ | 02-11-2015 | Rex Huppke
    If you care at all about the players on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, don’t call them champions. They aren’t. Wednesday’s announcement by Little League International that the team has been stripped of its U.S. title and all its wins from the 2014 Little League World Series tournament is all the proof you need. These are not champions. To say otherwise is a disservice to these kids, and they’ve already been handed a disservice big enough to last a lifetime. So don’t say, “It’s OK, kids, you’re still champions in our eyes.” Don’t say, “We don’t care, you...
  • Jesse Jackson threatens lawsuit in Little League World Series scandal

    02/12/2015 9:17:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 11, 2015 | Mike Oz
    Rev. Jesse Jackson, the polarizing civil rights activist, is calling for Little League International to return the U.S. championship to the 12-year-olds from Jackie Robinson West, mere hours after Little League stripped the team of its title. And if that doesn't happen, Jackson said Wednesday afternoon, he may take legal action. Jackie Robinson West — consumed in a vortex of allegations involving ineligible players and illegally redrawing its league boundaries — became a feel-good story in Chicago and across the country on its run to the Little League World Series. An all-black team that was supported by MLB players, Jackie...
  • U.S. Little League champs stripped of title thanks to coach they beat, 43-2

    02/12/2015 9:08:59 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 57 replies
    SB Nation ^ | 02/11/2015 | Marc Normandin
    Little League officials announced Wednesday morning that Jackie Robinson West, the 2014 U.S. Little League World Series champions, have vacated their wins and been stripped of their title thanks to the use of ineligible players. In essence, they attempted to build a Little League all-star team by bringing aboard players from Chicago districts outside of their own, and a neighboring league caught on and reported as much to Little League officials.According to Evergreen Park officials -- the neighboring league which caught on to the illegal roster -- Jackie Robinson West spent their 2014 "manipulating, bending and blatantly breaking the rules for...
  • JRW Supporters Suggest Decision To Take Title Racially Motivated

    02/12/2015 6:45:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 40 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | Feb 11, 2015
    JRW Supporters Suggest Decision To Take Title Racially Motivated February 11, 2015 2:58 PM (CBS) – There are accusations that racism was behind the decision by Little League International to strip the Jackie Robinson West team of the national title over cheating by the adults who run the team. “We know that we’re champions, our parents know that we’re champions and the team’s parents know we’re champions and Chicago knows we’re champions,” said JRW catcher Brandon Green. Green said the players did nothing wrong as he stood with his mother, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Fr. Michael Pfleger at the headquarters...
  • Coach Who Challenged Jackie Robinson West Maps Gets Death Threats

    02/11/2015 2:41:36 PM PST · by PROCON · 48 replies ^ | Feb. 11, 205 | Mark Konkol
    CHICAGO — Evergreen Park Athletic Association Vice President Chris Janes, who first called for an investigation into Jackie Robinson West's boundary changes, says he has received several threatening phone calls, including death threats, since the team was stripped of its U.S. title Wednesday."We got about 50 messages," he told DNAinfo Chicago. "I only listened to a few. Some were gibberish ... saying things like 'You're an a------.' A couple said, 'You deserve to die.'" "I'm not really concerned. People have been leaving s----- emails and voicemails." Janes said he has support from the local police.
  • Little League strips U.S. title

    02/11/2015 6:37:25 AM PST · by shove_it · 18 replies
    ESPN ^ | 11 Feb 2015
    Little League Baseball has stripped the U.S. championship from the Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West team and has suspended the coach for violating a rule prohibiting the use of players who live outside the geographic area that the team represents, it was announced Wednesday. The Jackie Robinson West team, the first all-African-American team to win the championship, must vacate wins from the 2014 Little League Baseball International Tournament -- including its Great Lakes Regional and United States championships. The Jackie Robinson West Little League team was ruled to have used players from outside its local area by recruiting players from neighboring...
  • Chicago’s Little League championship team stripped of title

    02/11/2015 6:38:24 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 64 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 11, 2015
    CHICAGO (AP) — Little League International has stripped Chicago's Jackie Robinson West of its national title after finding the team falsified its boundary map. The league made the announcement Wednesday morning, saying the Chicago team violated regulations by placing players on the team who didn't qualify because they lived outside the team's boundaries. Little League International also suspended Jackie Robinson West manager Darold Butler from league activity.
  • Little League champs face new allegations of cheating

    12/24/2014 9:36:45 AM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies ^ | Dec. 23, 2014 | Mike Oz
    Jackie Robinson West, the Chicago-based Little League World Series U.S. champs, are facing more allegations of gaming the system in order to field a team with the best local players. Last week, a clash between Jackie Robinson West and a neighboring rival went public, as Chris Janes of Evergreen Park Little League, accused Jackie Robinson West of using ringers from outside its boundaries. Little League International, however, scoffed at Janes' claims, saying it had looked into the players' residency and it considered the issue closed. Now there's a new story out from DNA Chicago, in which reporter Mark Konkol spends...
  • Chicago Team Could Be First All African-American Squad to Win Little League World Series

    08/23/2014 5:01:06 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 85 replies
    Wait, I thought it was bad to have a team or class or group of only one race?!
  • Little League Final Four Set in 2014 LLWS

    08/22/2014 12:33:16 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 5 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 22, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Team
    By virtue of their victories in Williamsport today, Tokyo Kitasuna Little League (LL) from Japan and Jackie Robinson West LL of Chicago, Illinois earned the right to move on to Saturdays final four match ups in the 2014 LLWS. Japan shook off a lead-off home run from their opponents to secure their spot with a 12-1 victory over Mexico's Guadalupe Linda Vista LL in the days early game. In the evening US semi-final, Chicago capitalized on mistake filled first inning and withstood a gritty rally by Philadelphia's Taney Youth Baseball Association LL to hold on for a 6-5 win. Today's...
  • Travel teams are eroding community baseball: Washington Post opinion

    06/01/2014 10:50:23 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5-29-14 | David Mendell
    By David Mendell The shortstop ranged nimbly to his right, scooped up a sharp grounder and unleashed a strong throw to first base. Seeing the athletic play by my son, a burly fellow leaned against the chain-link fence. "You've got a nice little ballplayer there," the man, Mike Adams, told me. "You should think about getting him into a full-time travel program. The sooner, the better." I was a neophyte in the byzantine world of youth baseball, and Adams' husky voice carried the resonance of a father who had logged many hours behind caged dugouts. Yet I had to chuckle....
  • ‘Laughing sooo hard’: Obama again attempts to throw baseball as mockery heats up in bullpen

    05/20/2014 9:08:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    twitchy ^ | 5/20/14 | staff
    Yahoo News ✔ @YahooNews President Obama makes surprise visit to Little League teams warming up at DC park: Andrews Dad @Andrew_Dad Follow @YahooNews Hey you people comparing Obamas throwing ability to that of a girl, stop making fun of girls 4:21 PM - 19 May 2014 According to Mark Knoller, Jay Carney’s daughter was playing in a baseball game and President Obama stopped by on his way to a fundraiser (of course). Mark Knoller ✔ @markknoller Follow Pres Obama drops by Little League game in DC on way to Dem fundraiser in Maryland. Daughter of @PressSec plays on...
  • There is No Stealing in Baseball!

    04/13/2014 6:03:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 4-13-14 | Michael Daly
    From manicures to motorcycles, four Little League crooks in three states used team funds for more than baseballs, bats and celebratory ice cream cones. Thanks to community kindness, it’s still game-on this spring. With the start of a new baseball season comes a disheartening stat that makes you worry not just for the national pastime, but for the nation itself: In less than a year, four little league presidents have been charged with looting their organization's treasury. The thefts left three of the leagues in such sorry financial shape that it seemed the kids might not be able to play...
  • Where are they and why aren't they there ?

    08/24/2013 1:49:50 PM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 36 replies
    I have been watching and thoroughly enjoying the Little League Championship games. If I could re-live any of my years, it would be the years my son was playing Little League. Baseball is such a great game to learn sportsmanship, values, and life lessons. That is why it is so sad to see so very few Black children playing in these Little League games. In the 2013 U.S. championship game about to start, California has two Black players and Connecticut doesn't have any. Where are the Black kids in Little League, and why aren't they there? They aren't there because...
  • [homosexual] Man faces charges after contacting little leaguers on Facebook

    07/31/2012 6:46:02 AM PDT · by kevcol · 33 replies
    KARE11 ^ | July 27, 2012 | news
    CRYSTAL, Minn. - A 44-year-old Minneapolis man faces multiple charges after he tried to contact members of the Crystal Little League via Facebook, according to the Crystal Police Department. "I was on my son's facebook and noticed a message from this person," said Marcie, a mother of a little leauge ballplayer in Crystal. "He had sent my son a message asking to go to a movie at the Mall of America." It was Marcie that helped tip off police. On Monday, Marcie, along with the league's safety officer reached out to police after noticeing the same man had contacted...
  • Little League Catcher Sued By Grownup Hit In Face With His Preteen Throw

    06/22/2012 1:40:05 PM PDT · by matt04 · 26 replies
    Perhaps Elizabeth Lloyd of Manchester, N.J., thinks Matthew Migliaccio is a major-league catcher, rather than a Little League catcher. Otherwise, otherwise how could she think she could get a possible $500,000 out of him over his throw that hit her in the face, and think that he meant to bean her? According to the Asbury Park Press, Lloyd has sued the 13-year-old Matthew over a 2010 incident in which, at the age of 11, he was warming up one of his pitchers in a fenced-in bullpen area by the third-base line, and overthrew that pitcher, sending the ball over the...
  • Ocean View captures Little League World Series championship

    08/28/2011 2:40:10 PM PDT · by SoCal Pubbie · 45 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 8/28/11 | DAN WOIKE
    Ocean View got its usual stellar pitching and added in the timely hitting it needed to do what no other team from Orange County had done. It won the Little League World Series championship.
  • Ocean View advances to Little League World Series championship

    08/27/2011 5:41:35 PM PDT · by SoCal Pubbie · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Diane Pucin
    On the strength of a two-run home run by third baseman Dylan Palmer, three hits from catcher Hagen Danner and a sterling pitching performance by Nick Pratto, the Ocean View Little League team, from Huntington Beach and representing the West region, beat the Northwest team from Billings, Mont., 11-2 Saturday...
  • PA baseball team gets local support in title push (also...Thursday LLWS Live Thread)

    08/25/2011 2:58:58 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 4 replies
    Greenwich Time ^ | 8-25-11 | Mark Scolforo
    BEECH CREEK, Pa. (AP) — Baseball teams from around the country and around the world converge on South Williamsport for the Little League World Series each August, but this year a squad from the rugged mountains just 30 miles away finds itself three wins from the title. Passionate local support for the Keystone Little League team turns up everywhere in Clinton County, from roadside signs of encouragement to the ubiquitous blue shirts that are selling like hotcakes to the fans who have packed the stands in record numbers. At least seven buses were reserved for the Thursday night semifinal against...
  • Prime time kids: Keystone wins 10-0 before nearly 30,000

    08/22/2011 9:54:59 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 15 replies
    Centre Daily Times ^ | 8-22-11 | CDT Staff
    They are perhaps the biggest story in the entire world of sports right now. And they took care of business early with a three-run first inning, followed by a seven-run second inning. The Keystone kids from Clinton County won 10-0 after four innings over Louisiana, with the Little League's 10-run rule kicking in. If a team leads by 10 after four it's over. They have played before over 100,000 fans in their first three games of the Little League World Series in Williamsport. A crowd of 28,367 attended. Keystone now will play Georgia, a winner in extra innings over...
  • Little League World Series breaks attendance record with 41,484 fans

    08/19/2011 10:00:46 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-19-11 | N/A
    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania team helped Little League set an attendance record Friday night at the World Series. Little League officials said the game between LaGrange, Ky., and Clinton County, Pa., drew 41,848 fans to Lamade Stadium. The old record of 40,000 had been set twice before, for the 1989 and 1990 championship games. The Keystone league team from Clinton County plays its home games just 30 miles away from South Williamsport. Little League officials anticipated a large crowd and moved the game from the World Series' complex smaller venue, Volunteer Stadium, with a capacity of...
  • Keystone (Lock Haven/Mill Hall, PA) one win from LLWS berth

    08/13/2011 12:30:38 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 10 replies
    Williamsport Sun Gazette ^ | 8-12-11 | Kim Moerschbacher
    Keystone Little League is one win away from qualifying for the Little League World Series after its 3-0 win over Great Kills American LL of Staten Island, NY, in the Mid-Atlantic regional Friday in Bristol, Conn. Up next is the regional final at 6 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2 vs. Paramus NJ, which beat Newark, Del., 2-1 in Friday's earlier semifinal. Keystone scored all 3 of its runs in the second inning, with Landon Breon, Mitch Smith, and Wyatt Koch scoring. Cole Reeder allowed 1 hit in 5 innings for the win and Tyler McCloskey pitched the sixth inning for the...
  • 13-year-old killed by pitch in Arizona Little League game

    06/04/2011 9:01:58 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 36 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Fri Jun 03, 2011 | Cameron Smith
    Tragedy struck in Winslow, Ariz. on Wednesday morning when a 13-year-old Little Leaguer died hours after being struck by a pitch in the middle of a game. According to the Associated Press as well as a variety of Arizona outlets including ABC 15 News, Hayden Walton was struck by a pitch in the chest when he turned to bunt during a game on Tuesday night. The pitch reportedly struck the middle schooler in the chest, directly over his heart. That stopped his heart entirely; a condition medically referred to as commotio cordis, according to ABC 15. "He took an inside...
  • Has Chico Central Little League Been Using Illegal Bats?

    07/12/2010 4:14:49 PM PDT · by Tom Hawks · 35 replies
    ChicoER ^ | 7/12/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Little league baseball is as Americana as you can get.  In many young boys minds, it is what God made summer for. A chance to test their ability at pitching the perfect strike, or hitting a ball over the fence for a home run.  They get to wear a jersey that makes them a part of a team that can go a long way.  I don't mean a long way across town just to play another team, but a chance to go across the country to represent their home town in the Little league World Series.  That's what baseball...
  • Girl, 12, pitches second perforct little league game

    04/21/2010 3:51:26 PM PDT · by jerry557 · 31 replies · 908+ views ^ | 04/21/10 | Aaron Oberlin
    PLANT CITY - For the second time in less than a year, 12-year-old Chelsea Baker has accomplished one of baseball's rarest feats. After throwing a perfect game June 30, the Turkey Creek Middle School seventh-grader did it again April 9. The Plant City Little League pitcher's first perfect game was during a 21-0 rout of North Lakeland. The latest came during a game in which she struck out 16 of 18 batters in six innings to defeat J.R. Farms, 1-0. "Nobody really notices she's a girl because she's just a great athlete," said Stephen Gude, Baker's coach for the Plant...
  • N.J. kids baseball league rejects Maplewood gun dealer's sponsorship

    03/05/2010 8:47:27 AM PST · by ZULU · 24 replies · 787+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | March 5, 2010 | Philip Read
    MAPLEWOOD -- Matt Carmel is a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association who lives here, a left-leaning suburban basin with annual "Be About Peace" days. He has had polite differences of opinion over the years, evidenced by signs on his front lawn reading "I’m the NRA and I Vote." But now he’s really miffed. Carmel, a licensed gun dealer, applied to sponsor a team in the local Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken baseball league, using the name of his business — Constitution Arms. He was rebuffed.
  • Little Leaguers fill up the couch on ‘Tonight Show’ appearance

    09/04/2009 3:46:20 PM PDT · by elizabethgrace · 11 replies · 547+ views ^ | September 4, 2009 | Don Norcross
    Lifestyles of the hip and famous keep on rolling for the world-champion Chula Vista Park View Little Leaguers. The boys were bused to Burbank yesterday for an appearance last night on “The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.” Never mind that most of the 12- and 13-year-olds didn't know Conan O'Brien from Conan the Barbarian. “Nope,” said Park View second baseman Bulla Graft. “Never heard of him.” After O'Brien's monologue and Sandra Bullock's appearance to promote her new movie, up to the stage stepped all 12 players, wearing baby-blue T-shirts and gray baseball pants — and earning the audience's hearty applause.
  • Caption Joe Biden at the Little League games

    09/02/2009 8:20:51 AM PDT · by Sig Sauer P220 · 47 replies · 1,331+ views
  • America bests Taiwan in Little League World Series

    08/30/2009 4:25:31 PM PDT · by edcoil · 39 replies · 988+ views
    8-30-09 | edcoil
    Yup - the boys from Chula Vista, near San Diego won the Little League World series. First time for a California team. Good job boys.
  • Vice President Biden to attend Little League World Series (C-17 arrived today)

    08/29/2009 11:58:19 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 20 replies · 983+ views
    WOAI ^ | 29 August 2009 | N/A
    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Vice President Joe Biden plans to attend the Little League World Series on Sunday, when he is enshrined into Little League's Hall of Excellence. The White House gave Little League the heads-up Friday night. Little League announced before the series started that they were honoring Biden. The vice president grew up in Scranton, where he played in the Green Ridge Little League, about 100 miles east of Little League's South Williamsport headquarters. New York Rangers center Chris Drury will also be enshrined into the Little League hall. Drury was the winning pitcher in the title game...
  • Moonbat Morality Hits Little League

    08/26/2008 6:36:14 AM PDT · by Jay777 · 35 replies · 155+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 25 Aug 08 | Van Helsing
    Imagine if liberal principals were applied to sports, so that the best team is shamed and punished for oppressing the others, and the team that manages to lose the most games is awarded the championship to encourage self-esteem. In Little League, it's already happening: Nine-year-old Jericho Scott is a good baseball player — too good, it turns out. The right-hander has a fastball that tops out at about 40 mph. He throws so hard that the Youth Baseball League of New Haven told his coach that the boy could not pitch any more. When Jericho took the mound anyway last...
  • League pulls out of fields, fearing for kids’ safety (MD)

    05/30/2008 8:17:55 AM PDT · by JZelle · 18 replies · 70+ views ^ | 5-29-08 | Keith L. Martin
    Rain hasn’t been the only cause of headaches for the Frederick American Little League this season. Earlier this month, the 15-team league canceled all of its games on two baseball fields at Tasker’s Chance Park, after ongoing issues at their home for more than a decade for players ages 5 to 12. Rick Wilson, the league’s president and a Tasker’s Chance resident, said issues began four years ago, when a concession stand was repeatedly broken into, leading officials to tear it down to avoid future break-ins. The last two years have seen a pair of generators stolen from a utility...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 11-01-07

    11/01/2007 6:48:18 PM PDT · by snugs · 60 replies · 360+ views
    Today the President spoke on the war on terror at the Heritage Foundation and met with with members of the Warner Robins, Georgia Little League team, champions of the 2007 Little League World Series and recipients of the 2006 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. Today the Vice President spoke at the Indiana American Legion War Memorial Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with a delegation from Iraq's Al Anbar province at the State Department. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen conducted a news conference at the...
  • Little League World Series champs take fame in stride

    09/07/2007 4:10:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 238+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Holly L. Birchfield
    9/7/2007 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFPN) -- While some kids might boast about having a Little League World Series under their belts, the Warner Robins American Little League baseball players are taking it all in stride. Parents of five of the players who were part of Robins team said the journey to the Little League World Series, which started in early June and wrapped up with a World Series Championship in Williamsport, Pa., was one marked by excitement and fatigue. Now, the baseball players and their families are just trying to take their new-found fame in and get...
  • Georgia tops Japan in Little League World Series

    08/26/2007 6:59:58 PM PDT · by meandog · 21 replies · 1,218+ views
    ESPN ^ | 8.26.07
    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Dalton Carriker couldn't feel his legs as he rounded the bases. His home run in the bottom of the eighth had just given Warner Robins, Ga., a thrilling 3-2 victory over Tokyo to win the Little League World Series title. "I felt like I was flying, like Peter Pan," Carriker said. "I didn't know what I was doing." Adrenaline took over from there, said the 12-year-old slugger with braces. His dramatic home run over the right-field wall off a 2-1 pitch from Japan's Junsho Kiuchi gave the United States three straight Little League championships. "USA! USA!"...
  • Georgia Wins LLWS 3-2 in Extra Innings

    08/26/2007 3:29:33 PM PDT · by wolfinator · 10 replies · 271+ views
    Walk off home run. After the game there was a terrific display of sportsmanship when the Georgia boys walked across the field and embraced the Japanese players. This has been one of the best series ever.
  • LLWS U.S. Championship: (Lubbock, Tx) Western pitching tries to cool (Warner Robins) Georgia's bats

    08/25/2007 11:41:44 AM PDT · by hispanarepublicana · 31 replies · 481+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche Journal ^ | 8/24/07 | Jeff Walker
    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The game will be played in the northern part of the country, but the Little League U.S. Championship will unofficially be decided in the south. When the Southeast (Warner Robins, Ga.) meets the Southwest (Lubbock) today in the U.S. final, baseball purists might get a chance to see if good pitching beats good hitting. The Lubbock Western All-Stars have talked about their pitching depth throughout the tournament. Garrett Williams, Zane Ancell, Taylor Bridges, Bryndan Arredondo and Tyler Thorne have each spent time on the mound during the World Series. Little League World Series TODAY'S GAMES International championship...
  • Little Leaguers form close bonds despite worlds-apart cultures (and a touching sidenote & photo)

    08/23/2007 1:12:18 PM PDT · by hispanarepublicana · 29 replies · 1,032+ views
    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.— Garrett Williams has pitched just one game in the Little League World Series, but opponents already have given him a nickname. When Williams walks by the team from Maracaibo, Venezuela, the team shouts, “El Diablo.” The nickname, meaning the devil, is a playful tribute to Williams’ 17-strikeout performance in Lubbock Western’s first game of the Series. While many of the Western players said prior to arriving that they were looking forward to meeting the other players, it seems the Texans have developed a special bond with the Venezuelans. “We share a dorm with them, so we share a...
  • Take parents out of the ballpark

    07/03/2007 5:53:59 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 63 replies · 1,316+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 07/01/2007 | JOE SOUCHERAY
    The story of the menacing Little League dad, Wade Campbell, made a big stir all last week. He behaved poorly, huffing and puffing, using profanity and allegedly threatening to do harm to his son's coach. I guess "shooting the coach like a dog,'' as Campbell allegedly threatened, would constitute harm. As the story picked up speed all week, we learned that it is a national problem, that overbearing parents show up at games, and if things don't go the way they want for their kid, they go bananas. It's not like Campbell is the first guy to ever go stomping...
  • T-ball coach gets 1-6 years for ordering beaning

    10/12/2006 4:16:46 PM PDT · by FFIGHTER · 265 replies · 2,467+ views
    Post Gazette ^ | Oct 12, 2006 | Moustafa Ayad
    UNIONTOWN, Pa. -- A youth league baseball coach convicted of getting one of his players to injure a teammate was sentenced to one to six years in prison today. Fayette County Judge Ralph Warman said the actions by Mark Downs Jr., of Dunbar, in June 2005 were "outrageous" and "extremely reprehensible" because he was coaching a league of children 7 to 9 years old. Testimony indicated Mr. Downs promised $25 to one of his best players if he hurled a ball at Harry Bowers Jr., 11, an autistic and mildly retarded teammate, presumably to keep him from playing in a...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos) - 9.8.06

    09/08/2006 5:27:37 PM PDT · by MJY1288 · 96 replies · 2,524+ views
    White House, YAHOO
    Today, The President was in Michigan today, where he met with, and signed autographs for the members of the Little League Softball World Series Champions from Mattawan, Mich., at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Mich. He also attended a fundraiser for Republican senatorial candidate Mike Bouchard. Later he went to Kansas City, MO for another rundraiser for a Republican cabdidate. Monday night the President will speak to the Nation at 9:00 PM EST to mark the 5th anniversary of 9/11
  • Bush meets the best 'This is the best moment,' says Northern's Kyle Carter

    09/08/2006 5:49:29 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 10 replies · 977+ views
    Columbus Ledger-Enquirer ^ | Sep. 08, 2006 | ROBERT SPRUCK
    DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. - After stepping out of his limousine and approaching the Northern players, President George W. Bush began trying to identify them. As Bush moved down the row of players, he asked Northern manager Randy Morris, "Where is the big lefty?" In the middle of the line of players, Kyle Carter stood waiting to meet the 43rd president. Like the other 10 players, Carter shook his hand. "It was really exciting," said Carter, who set a Little League World Series record with four wins. "This is the best moment." The 11 Northern players, coaches Morris and...
  • A Pic I have been waiting on..President Bush and the World Champion Little League team

    09/07/2006 8:18:06 PM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 51 replies · 1,352+ views
    White House ^ | Sept 7,2006
    President George W. Bush congratulates members of the Columbus Northern Little League Team on winning the 2006 Little League Baseball World Series Championship at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006. White House photo by Eric Draper
  • Little League World Series, Georgia

    08/28/2006 5:40:39 PM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 7 replies · 662+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | August 28,2006
    Columbus, Ga. Cody Walker (21) trots home to a celebration by teammates after hitting a game winning third inning two-run home run off Kawaguchi City, Japan pitcher Go Matsumoto in Little League World Series Championship baseball game Monday, Aug. 28, 2006 in South Williamsport, Pa.. Georgia beat Japan 2-1. Georgia players from left: Patrick Stallings (25), Mason Meyers (16), winning pitcher Kyle Carter, rear, and Josh Lester, right. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  • Little League World Series

    08/28/2006 4:15:01 PM PDT · by HuntsvilleTxVeteran · 14 replies · 784+ views
    vanity | 9/28/2006 | self
    Georgia wins world championship. GREAT