Little League Making a Big Impact

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Joe Brasch writes, The Little League World Series is now in full swing.

The Little League World Series is now in full swing. Eight U.S. and eight international teams are on a mission to win the championship. Last year the champion was the team from Warner Robins, Georgia as they bested Tokyo, Japan with a walk-off home run in extra-innings. Every year in Williamsport, Pennsylvania 16 of the world’s best Little League players aged 11-13 face off in a round robin tournament trying to be crowned the champion. Last year Dalton Carriker hit an opposite field home run in the 8th inning (in a little league game there are seven innings in a regulation game) to secure the LLWS championship. The day before the championship game in the international championship, Japan’s shortstop Ryo Kanekubo, hit a walk-off grand slam to win the ballgame. The eight U.S. teams in the 2008 LLWS are 1. Hagerstown, Maryland 2. Mill Creek, Washington 3. Lake Charles, Louisiana 4. Jeffersonville, Indiana 5. Shelton, Connecticut 6. Waipahu, Hawaii 7. Tampa, Florida 8. Rapid City, South Dakota. The eight international teams are 1. CuraƧao 2. Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico 3. Emilia, Italy 4. Yona, Guam 5. Dhahran, Saudi Arabia 6. Tokyo, Japan 7. Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 8. Maracaibo, Venezuela. So far the team with the best record is the team from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico with a 3-0 record. In the LLWS all the fences in all parts of the field are 225 feet from the plate. The bases are 60 feet apart, no leadoffs are allowed and every player on the team must have an at-bat and play at least three outs in the field. All games will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN 2 or ABC. Check your local listings. All Information found on www.littleleague.org and wikipedia.org

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