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News from Little League Baseball and Softball, and its annual World Series

Regions Realigned for 2013: Australia to Play in Little League Baseball World Series

May 21, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 29, 2012) – Australia will have an entry in the Little League Baseball World Series, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.

Little League Honors Volunteers at Awards Breakfast

May 21, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 29, 2012) - From a 10-year-old catcher who showed good sportsmanship, to a mom who survived cancer and got behind the plate to call balls and strikes, Little League Baseball honored volunteers Thursday morning at the Genetti Hotel who help make the international program a success.

Japan Wins 66th Little League Baseball World Series

May 21, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 26, 2012) – Noriatsu Osaka hit three home runs and Kotaro Kiyomiya struck out eight over four innings as Japan defeated Goodlettsville, Tenn., 12-2, to win the 66th Little League Baseball World Series. The game was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Livermore, Calif., Chosen as Site of New World Series Tournament in 2013

May 21, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 24, 2012) – In today’s meeting of the Little League International Board of Directors, the site of a new World Series baseball tournament of Little League was named.

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Dr. Robert Yasui

May 21, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 20, 2012) -- Little League International mourns the passing on Monday of Dr. Robert Yasui, who was the Little League Baseball World Series physician for more than 50 years until his retirement a few years ago.

 

Nunaka Valley Little League celebrates first Junior League Softball World Series Crown

May 21, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 18, 2012) - The Nunaka Valley (West Region Champions) Little League softball team from Anchorage, Alaska, captured the 14th Junior League Softball World Series in Kirkland, Wash., on Saturday, defeating Layritz Little League (Canada Region Champion) from Victoria, British Columbia, 6-2.

Juvenil de Guatemala Little League brings home first Senior League Baseball World Series Championship

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 18, 2012) - Juvenil de Guatemala Little League from Guatemala City, Guatemala, completed its impressive run through the 52nd Senior League Baseball World Series in Bangor, Maine, on Saturday, defeating Lemon Grove (Calif.) Little League, 6-3, to win its first championship. The Latin America Champions outscored its opponents, 39-8, to finish 5-0 in the World Series.

Rockledge (Fla.) Little League captures first Junior League Baseball World Series

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMPORT, Pa. (Aug. 18, 2012) - Rockledge (Fla.) Little League scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to defeat Aruba North Little League, 12-10, on Saturday to capture the 32nd Junior League Baseball World Series in Taylor, Michigan.

2012 Little League Baseball World Series Photo Gallery

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2012 Little League Baseball World Series Champions, Toyko, Japan.

The 2012 Little League Baseball World Series was yet another exciting series.  Congratulations to the World Series Champions Toyko, Japan and the runner up Goodlettsville, TN.  Look back at some of the action from the entire series.

Eastdale Little League Dominant in Winning Little League Softball World Series

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 15, 2012) - Eastdale Little League from Albuquerque, N.M., left little doubt who was the best team in the 10-team Little League Softball World Series field completing a six-game sweep with a 16-1, five-inning victory over Windermere (Fla.) Softball Little League this evening in the championship game. The seven-day World Series was played in Portland, Ore.

2012 Little League Baseball World Series Championship Schedule and Standings

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Little League Museum Hosting Several Events During World Series

2 years 2 weeks ago

The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum will be hosting several events during the upcoming Little League Baseball World Series, including the appearance of former Major League Baseball and National Football League player Brian Jordan.  The 66th Little League Baseball World Series will be played Aug. 16-26. more»

Television Coverage to Showcase Little League International Tournament

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The Little League Baseball and Softball International Tournament will feature 81 televised games throughout the month of August. ESPN and its family of networks, ABC, and the New England Sports Network (NESN) will provide the live coverage.

See Day-By-Day Schedule Below. more»

The Parents of LA Dodgers' First Baseman Adrian Gonzalez are 2012 George and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year

May 21, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 23, 2012) – For the family of David and Alba Gonzalez, Little League has been a binding thread of their lives.

Little League Museum Hosting Several Events During World Series

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 13, 2012) – The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum will be hosting several events during the upcoming Little League Baseball World Series, including the appearance of former Major League Baseball and National Football League player Brian Jordan. The 66th Little League Baseball World Series will be played Aug. 16-26.

Par Troy East Little League Earns Final Berth in Little League Baseball World Series as Mid-Atlantic Region Champions

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 12, 2012) – A strong pitching performance and some timely hitting propelled Par Troy East Little League from Parsippany, N.J., to the Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament championship today. The New Jersey State Champions defeated Newark (Del.) Little League, 1-0, in the game which was played at Breen Field at the A.

Petaluma (Calif.) National Little League Earns First Berth in Little League Baseball World Series as West Region Champions

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 11, 2012) – Petaluma (Calif.) National Little League used two big innings to earn its first berth in the Little League Baseball World Series tonight with a 7-5 victory over Nanakuli Little League from Waianae, Hawaii, in the championship game of the Western Region Tournament.

Fairfield (Conn.) American Little League Earns Berth in Little League Baseball World Series as New England Region Champions

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 11, 2012) – Fairfield (Conn.) American Little League won all six of its games in the New England Region Tournament to earn its second trip to the Little League Baseball World Series. The Connecticut State Champions defeated Bedford (N.H.) Little League, 14-0, for the title today at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn.

Gresham (Ore.) National Little League Earns First Berth in Little League Baseball World Series as Northwest Region Champions

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 11, 2012) – Gresham (Ore.) National Little League earned its first berth in the Little League Baseball World Series today by scoring multiple runs in the each of the first three innings of the championship game of the Northwest Region Tournament before going on to an 8-4 victory over Post Falls (Idaho) Little League.

Vancouver, British Columbia’s Hastings Community Little League is Canada’s National Champion, Earns Berth in Little League Baseball World Series

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 11, 2012) – Hastings Community Little League From Vancouver, British Columbia, scored 10 runs in the fourth inning and sent down Prairies representative Southwest Little League from Lethbridge, Alberta, in order in the fourth inning to post an 11-1, 10-run rule victory, and earn its first berth in the Little League Baseball World Series since 2009.

Kearney Little League Earns First Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Midwest Region Tournament

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 11, 2012) – Kearney (Neb.) Little League will be the first team to represent the state of Nebraska in the Little League Baseball World Series after capturing the Midwest Region Tournament in Indianapolis, Ind., today. They beat Canyon Lake Little League from Rapid City, S.D., 10-4 in the championship game played at the Reuben F. Glick Little League Center.

ASOFEM Little League from Puerto Rico Captures Senior Softball World Series Championship

May 22, 2013
SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. (Aug. 11, 2012) – ASOFEM Little League, the Latin American Region Champion from Maunabo, Puerto Rico, won the Senior League Softball World Series, 6-4 behind a complete-game effort from winning pitcher Jocelyn De Leon.

Goodlettsville (Tenn.) Baseball Little League Earns Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Southeast Region Tournament

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 10, 2012) – Goodlettsville (Tenn.) Baseball Little League earned its first berth in the Little League Baseball World Series tonight by winning the championship game of the Southeast Region Tournament over Warner Robins (Ga.) American Little League by a 1-0 score. It is the first time since 1987 the state of Tennessee will be represented in the World Series.

Legendary Los Angeles Dodger Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela Will Throw the Ceremonial First Pitch

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 10, 2012) – Legendary Los Angeles Dodger pitcher, and the Dodgers’ Spanish-language broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela will throw the ceremonial first pitch tomorrow prior to the Little League Baseball Northwest Region championship game.

New Castle (Ind.) Little League Earns First Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Great Lakes Region Tournament

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 10, 2012) – New Castle (Ind.) Little League earned its first berth in the Little League Baseball World Series this afternoon as they came back from a four-run deficit to score a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn a 6-5 victory over Warren County Southern Little League from Bowling Green, Ky.

Three Little League World Series Begin Sunday

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 10, 2012) – Three more Little League World Series begin Sunday. The Junior League Softball World Series in Kirkland, Washington, the Junior League Baseball World Series in Taylor, Mich., and the Senior League Baseball World Series in Bangor, Maine, all get underway with games on Sunday.

BULLETIN: Schedule Change at Bristol (Mid-Atlantic Region)

May 22, 2013
Because of impending inclement weather, Little League International has announced a change in the schedule for today's semifinal games in the Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament in Bristol, Conn.

McAllister Park National Little League Earns First U.S. Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Southwestern Region Tournament

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 9, 2012) – McAllister Park National Little League from San Antonio, Texas, was strong in all phases in earning the first U.S. berth in the Little League Baseball World Series winning all five of its games in the Southwestern Region Tournament held at the George W. Bush Little League Leadership Training Center in Waco, Texas.

In Convincing Style, Philippines Becomes First International Big League Softball World Series Champion

May 22, 2013
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Mary Joy Floranza belted a two-out, two-run home run over the right-center field fence at Bud Vanderberg Park in Kalamazoo, Mich., to earn Philippines District 1 a 14-2, five-inning victory over California District 37, and become the first team from the International Region to be crowned Big League Softball World Series Champion.

Little League Softball World Series Begins Thursday

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 7, 2012) – The 2012 Little League Softball World Series, featuring 10 teams from around the world, begins Thursday with a game at 10:30 a.m. The World Series is played in Portland, Ore.

Lenel Systems Recipient of Hartman Friendship Award

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The safety and security of everyone, including both the participants and the fans, at the Little League Baseball World Series is one of the most important considerations in the preparation for one of the summer’s most anticipated events. more»

Little League International Mourns the Passing of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Richard Berry, Jr.

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 6, 2012) - Little League International mourns the passing of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Richard L. Berry. He was 27.

Lenel Systems International, Inc., Named Recipient of the 2012 W. Howard Hartman Friendship Award

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 6, 2012) – The safety and security of everyone, including both the participants and the fans, at the Little League Baseball World Series is one of the most important considerations in the preparation for one of the summer’s most anticipated events.

Urban Initiative Baseball Camp Scholarship Winners Enjoy Fun Experience at Little League International

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 3, 2012) – The 2012 Little League Urban Initiative Baseball Camp Scholarship recipients enjoyed a trip to Little League International and the opportunity to improve their skills and make their own memories during the final camp session of the summer.

Senior League Softball World Series Begins Sunday

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 3, 2012) – The 2012 Senior League Softball World Series, featuring 10 teams from around the world, begins Sunday with two games at 5:30 p.m. The World Series is played in Lower Sussex, Del.

2012 Little League Photo Contest Ends in First-Place Tie

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 2, 2012) – Chrissy McLaughlin, of West Chester, Pa., and Shelly Blaker from Kerrville, Texas, tied for first place and are the winners of the 2012 Little League Photo Contest following voting conducted via Little League Facebook page.

Challenger Exhibition Game at Little League Baseball World Series will be Televised Live by WVIA

2 years 4 weeks ago
WVIA Will Televise Challenger Game at Little League Baseball World Series Again This Year. Pictured is a scene from the 2011 game. (Photo courtesy of Little League Baseball and Softball)

Again this year, the annual Little League Challenger Division exhibition game that is part of the Little League Baseball World Series schedule, will be televised. more»

Challenger Exhibition Game at Little League Baseball World Series will be Televised Live by WVIA; Also Carried Live by ESPN3

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 2, 2012) – Again this year, the annual Little League Challenger Division exhibition game that is part of the Little League Baseball World Series schedule, will be televised.

Puerto Rico Wins Big League Baseball World Series for Second Time in Three Years

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 1, 2012) – District 1 from San Juan, Puerto Rico came into the Big League Baseball World Series championship game Thursday night in Easley, S.C., having outscored its opponents, 53-3, in winning all five of its games.

Former Red Sox Catcher, Little League Baseball World Series Alumnus Jason Varitek Is 2012 Little League Graduate of Year Recipient

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 1, 2012) – Former Captain of the Boston Red Sox and two-time Major League Baseball World Series champion Jason Varitek will be honored with the 2012 William A. “Bill” Shea Distinguished Little League Graduate Award during the 66th Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

Jason Varitek Is 2012 Little League Graduate of Year Recipient

2 years 4 weeks ago
Varitek will be recognized prior to the U.S Championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series on Aug. 25. (Photo courtesy of Red Thunder, Wikimedia Commons)

Former Captain of the Boston Red Sox and two-time Major League Baseball World Series champion Jason Varitek will be honored with the 2012 William A. “Bill” Shea Distinguished Little League Graduate Award during the 66th Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. more»

Big League Softball World Series Begins Wednesday

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 31, 2012) – The 2012 Big League Softball World Series, featuring nine teams from around the world, begins Wednesday with two games at 6 p.m. The World Series is played in Kalamazoo, Mich.

KMC American Little League from Germany Earns Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Europe Region Tournament

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 27, 2012) – Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) American Little League from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, scored 90 runs and yielded only 17 on its way to the Europe Region Championship and the league’s fifth berth in the Little League Baseball World Series.

First of Eight 2012 World Series Tournaments Is Under Way with the Big League Baseball World Series

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 27, 2012) – The 2012 Big League Baseball World Series is under way at the Easley (S.C.) Recreation Complex.

Oriente Little League Earns Berth in Little League Baseball World Series Capturing Mexico Region Tournament

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 27, 2012) – Oriente Little League from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, earned its second trip to the Little League Baseball World Series late Thursday night with a 10-7 victory over Santa Catarina Little League from Santa Caterina, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, in the championship game of the Mexico Region Tournament.

Linda Ruff Selected as 2012 Howard and Gail Paster Little League Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 25, 2012) – Linda Ruff has given to South Baltimore (Md.) Little League since 1980. Over the last few years, the reciprocation she has received from the league she has put so much of herself into, in many ways might have saved her life, and for sure provided some of the inspiration to overcome a life-threatening situation.

Team from Uganda to Receive Visas – Will Play in Little League Baseball World Series

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 25, 2012) – Little League International received confirmation today from the U.S. Department of State that the championship team from the Middle East and Africa Region will receive visas and will participate in the 2012 Little League Baseball World Series.

Rancho Niguel Little League is 2012 ASAP Winner

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 24, 2012) – One of the major considerations in every decision made by Little League Baseball and Softball is the safety of the players, coaches and volunteers in the program. In 1995, ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) was established to encourage local leagues to formulate a safety program that could be used as their guideline.

Rancho Niguel Little League is 2012 ASAP Winner

2 years 5 weeks ago

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 24, 2012) – One of the major considerations in every decision made by Little League Baseball and Softball is the safety of the players, coaches and volunteers in the program. In 1995, ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) was established to encourage local leagues to formulate a safety program that could be used as their guideline. more»

ESPN Personality Dick Vitale, Southwest Airlines Executive VP Ron Ricks To Be Enshrined in Little League Hall of Excellence

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 23, 2012) - With his venerable and unmistakable enthusiasm, ESPN personality and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, Dick Vitale has declared his 2012 enshrinement into the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum’s Hall of Excellence, along with Executive Vice President of Southwest Airlines, Ron Ricks, as “Awesome, baby, with a capital ‘A!’”

Growth of Little League Urban Initiative Jamborees Benefits Volunteers and Players

May 22, 2013
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 20, 2012) - When the Little League Urban Initiative was established in 1999, one of the main goals was to bring the benefits of Little League Baseball and Softball to boys and girls in urban neighborhoods.
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