Little League Teams Make Championship Memories
In late July and throughout the month of August, thousands of teams play tens of thousands of games to become region champions and earn Little League ®World Series berths. To be the best and assume the mantle of champion, teams must defeat their division’s best.
This summer, five Little League World Series tournaments in baseball and four in softball were played, with nine champions crowned. Four of the five baseball divisions were won by International teams, while all four of softball’s World Series were claimed by teams from the United States. It also marked the inaugural Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series. This was Little League’s first new world series since 1999 when the first Junior League Softball World Series was played.
To view more scores and information about the 2013 Little League Baseball and Little League Softball World Series tournament seasons visit the World Series website.
Below is a brief review from each of Little League’s 2013 World Series events.
Little League Baseball®
For the second straight World Series, a team from the Japan Region is the Little League Baseball® World Champion. Tokyo’s Musashi Fuchu Little League defeated the United States champion Eastlake Little League from Chula Vista, Calif., 6-4, at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa., in front of a crowd of 28,119. Tournament overview.
The world title is the second for Musashi Fuchu Little League and second for Manager Masumi Omae, who won the championship in 2003. It is the ninth time a Japanese team has won the LLB® World Series Championship, and the 34th title game victory for a non-U.S. team. The repeat title is the first for Japan since 1967-68 (West Tokyo, Tokyo - 1967; Wakayama, Osaka - 1968).
Tokyo’s Musashi Fuchu Little League defeated the United States champion Eastlake Little League from Chula Vista, Calif., 6-4, at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa.
Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball – Livermore, Calif.
Sporting a tournament record of 3-0 and heading into the first-ever Little League® Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series Championship Game, Izumisano Little League from Osaka, Japan, the Asia-Pacific Region Champion, had outscored their opponents 41-3 and was going to be tough to beat. In the end, they were. Tournament overview.
Behind the pitching of Taisei Shimabe, Japan went on to beat East Region Champion, Collier Township (Pa.)/Chartiers Valley Little League, 10-1 at Max Baer Park in Livermore, Calif., capturing the inaugural Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series banner.
Junior League Baseball – Taylor, Mich.
Chun An Wu batted in three runs for the Asia-Pacific champions from Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei, as they used a five-run fifth inning to cruise to an 11-2 victory over the West Region champions from Rio Rico, Ariz., in the Junior League Baseball World Series championship game at Heritage Park in Taylor, Mich. Tournament overview.
The win marks the second time a team from Chinese Taipei has won the championship. Its first came in 2010, when they defeated the United States champion from Tyler, Texas, 9-1.
Senior League Baseball – Bangor Maine
Latin America’s Chitre Little League from Panama scored the game-winning run on a passed ball as it beat Kennett Square KAU Little League from Pennsylvania, 2-1, at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, Maine. Tournament overview.
Abel Frias scored the winning run in the top of the sixth inning as a part of a two-run inning. It ended up being all the scoring that Panama needed to secure the championship banner.
Big League Baseball – Easley, S.C.
Southeast Region Champions, South Carolina District 7 from Greenville, S.C., entered the Big League Baseball World Series Championship game undefeated, having outscored its opponents 50-4. Tournament overview.
South Carolina continued its winning streak by defeating the Latin America Region Champion, Venezuela, 6-1, for a third Big League Baseball World Series championship in six years.
Little League Softball™ - Portland, Ore.
For the first time in 23 years, the Little League Softball™ World Series champion is from the Western Region. After defeating McLean, Va., 9-0, the Sunnyside Little League team from Tucson, Ariz., became the state’s first Little League Softball World Series champion. Tournament overview.
The championship culminated the 20th anniversary tournament played at Alpenrose Dairy Farm.
The Sunnyside Little League team from Tucson, Ariz., became the state’s first Little League Softball World Series champion.
Junior League Softball – Kirkland, Wash.
Dana Rowley’s pitching led South Tampa (Fla.) Little League to a 10-1 victory over the host team, Kirkland National/American Little League, at Everest Park in Kirkland, Wash. Tournament overview.
The Southeast Region Champion’s victory is the fifth Junior League Softball World Series Championship banner in the tournament’s 15-year history.
South Tampa (Fla.) Little League captured the Junior League Softball Championship with a 10-1 victory over Kirkland National/American Little League.
Senior League Softball – Lower Sussex, Del.
Indiana District 11 Little League, representing the Central Region, defeated Lombardia Little League from Milano, Italy, of the Europe-Africa Region, 5-1 at Bruce E. Layton Field in Sussex County, Del., to clinch the Senior League Softball Championship title. Tournament overview.
Lombardia Little League is the first team from the continent of Europe to play in the Senior Softball World Series.
Indiana District 11 Little League captured the Senior League Softball Championship by defeating Lombardia Little League from Milano, Italy, 5-1.
Big League Softball – Lower Sussex, Del.
Delaware, the host team for the Big League Softball World Series, scored six runs in the fifth inning to upend Puerto Rico, 11-6, in the World Series title game at Bruce E. Layton Field in Sussex County, Del. Tournament overview.
The win completed a perfect 5-0 tournament for the hometown team, who handed the Latin America Region champions their only loss in the World Series.