2019 Little League World Series

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2019 Little League World Series
Little League World Series official logo 2019.png
DatesAugust 15–August 25
Teams participating16
ChampionUnited StatesLouisiana Eastbank Little League, River Ridge, Louisiana
Runner-upCuraçao Pabao Little League, Willemstad, Curaçao
← 2018 Little League World Series 2020 →

The 2019 Little League World Series was held from August 15 to August 25 at the Little League headquarters complex in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Eight teams from the United States and eight teams from around the world competed in the 73rd edition of the Little League World Series.[1] Eastbank Little League of River Ridge, Louisiana defeated Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curaçao in the championship by a 8–0 score.[2] It was the first championship for a team from Louisiana, and in doing so, they became the first team to win the championship after losing its first game since the tournament expanded to 16 teams in 2001.[2] Also, with Honolulu Little League of Honolulu, Hawaii winning the title in 2018, U.S. teams have now won back-to-back titles for the first time since 2009, when Park View Little League from Chula Vista, California, ended the streak of five straight championships for the United States.[2]

Tournament changes[edit]

Among the changes made by the Little League International Board of Directors to the rules, regulations, and policies of Little League was introduction of a rule concerning tied games. Should a game complete seven innings with the score still tied, the offensive team in each subsequent half-inning will start with a runner placed on second base. The runner is the player in the team's batting order who is scheduled to bat last in the half-inning.[3]

Teams[edit]

Regional qualifying tournaments were held from June to August 2019.

United States International
Kentucky Bowling Green, Kentucky
Great Lakes Region
Bowling Green Eastern Little League
South Korea Chungcheong, South Korea
Asia-Pacific and Middle East Region
Chung Nam (B) Little League
New Jersey Elizabeth, New Jersey
Mid-Atlantic Region
Elmora Youth Little League
New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales
Australia Australia Region
Cronulla Little League
Minnesota Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Midwest Region
Coon Rapids Andover American Little League
British Columbia Coquitlam, British Columbia
Canada Canada Region
Coquitlam Little League
Rhode Island Barrington, Rhode Island
New England Region
Barrington Little League
Curaçao Willemstad, Curaçao
Caribbean Region
Pabao Little League
Oregon Salem, Oregon
Northwest Region
Sprague Little League
Italy Bologna, Italy
Europe and Africa Region
Emilia Romagna Little League
Virginia South Riding, Virginia
Southeast Region
Loudoun South Little League
Tokyo Tokyo
Japan Japan Region
Chofu Little League
Louisiana River Ridge, Louisiana
Southwest Region
Eastbank Little League
Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela
Latin America Region
Cacique Mara Little League
Hawaii Wailuku, Hawaii
West Region
Central East Maui Little League
Nuevo León Guadalupe, Nuevo León
Mexico Mexico Region
Epitacio Mala Torres Little League

Results[edit]

The draw to determine the opening round pairings took place on June 13, 2019.[4]

United States bracket[edit]

 
August 16 – Game 2
 
 
Rhode Island Rhode Island0
 
August 18 – Game 14 (F/4)
 
Virginia Virginia3
 
 Virginia11
 
August 16 – Game 4
 
 Minnesota0
 
Minnesota Minnesota2
 
August 21 – Game 24
 
Kentucky Kentucky1
 
 Virginia9
 
August 16 – Game 6
 
 Hawaii12
 
Hawaii Hawaii5
 
August 18/19 – Game 16
 
Louisiana Louisiana2
 
 Hawaii6
 
August 16 – Game 8
 
 New Jersey0
 
Oregon Oregon2
 
 
New Jersey New Jersey6
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
August 24 – U.S. championship
 
 
 Hawaii5
 
August 17 – Game 10
 
 Louisiana9
 
 Rhode Island6
 
August 20 – Game 18
 
 Kentucky1
 
 Rhode Island0
 
 
 New Jersey2
 
 
August 21 – Game 22
 
 
 Louisiana4
 
August 17 – Game 12
 
 New Jersey1
 
 Louisiana3
 
August 19 – Game 20 (F/4)
 
 Oregon2
 
 Minnesota0
 
 
 Louisiana10
 
 
August 22 – Game 26 (F/5)
 
 
 Louisiana10
 
 
 Virginia0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

International bracket[edit]

 
August 15 – Game 1 (F/4)
 
 
Curaçao Curaçao11
 
August 18 – Game 13
 
Australia Australia0
 
 Curaçao0
 
August 16 – Game 3
 
 South Korea4
 
South Korea South Korea10
 
August 21 – Game 23
 
Venezuela Venezuela3
 
 South Korea2
 
August 16 – Game 5 (F/5)
 
 Japan7
 
Japan Japan20
 
August 18 – Game 15
 
Italy Italy0
 
 Japan5
 
August 16 – Game 7
 
 Mexico0
 
Mexico Mexico5
 
 
Canada Canada0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
August 24 – International championship
 
 
 Japan4
 
August 17 – Game 9
 
 Curaçao5
 
 Australia0
 
August 19 – Game 17
 
 Venezuela2
 
 Mexico7
 
 
 Venezuela8
 
 
August 20 – Game 21
 
 
 Venezuela2
 
August 17 – Game 11 (F/4)
 
 Curaçao9
 
 Italy0
 
August 19 – Game 19
 
 Canada10
 
 Curaçao8
 
 
 Canada1
 
 
August 22 – Game 25
 
 
 Curaçao5
 
 
 South Korea3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Consolation games[edit]

Teams that lose their first two games get to play a consolation game against a team from the other side of the bracket that also lost its first two games. These games are labeled Game A and Game B.

 
Game A
 
  
 
August 19 – Volunteer Stadium
 
 
 Kentucky4
 
 
 Australia1
 
 
Game B
 
  
 
August 20 – Lamade Stadium
 
 
 Italy3
 
 
 Oregon4
 

Third place game[edit]

This consolation game is played between the runner-up of the United States championship and the runner-up of the International championship.

 
Third place game
 
  
 
August 25 – Lamade Stadium
 
 
 Hawaii0
 
 
 Japan5
 

World Championship[edit]

 
Little League World Championship
 
  
 
August 25 – Lamade Stadium
 
 
 Louisiana8
 
 
 Curaçao0
 
2019 Little League World Series Champions
United States Louisiana
Eastbank Little League
River Ridge, Louisiana


Champions path[edit]

The Eastbank LL reached the LLWS with an undefeated record in nine games.[5] In total, their record was 15-1.

Round Opposition Result
Louisiana State Tournament
Winner's Bracket Semifinals Lafayette LL 16-0
Winner's Bracket Final South Lake Charles LL 14-0
Finals South Lake Charles LL 16–0 (F/3)
Southwest Regional Tournament
Opening Round Arkansas White Hall LL 11-0 (F/4)
Winner's Bracket Semifinal Texas Post Oak LL 4-1
Winner's Bracket Final Texas Midland Northern LL 6-5
Finals Texas Midland Northern LL 6-2

MLB Little League Classic[edit]

On August 19, 2018, it was announced that the third MLB Little League Classic would be played on August 18, 2019, at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, featuring the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates made their second appearance in the annual game, having won the inaugural Classic in 2017.[6] The game was won by the Cubs, 7–1.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dates and Logos for the 2019 Little League World Series Tournaments Announced". LittleLeague.com. August 19, 2018. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Louisiana Wins First Little League Title, Beating Curacao 8-0". Sports Illustrated. August 25, 2019. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "New Tournament Tiebreaker Structure and Roster Guidelines Highlight 2019 Little League Rule Changes". LittleLeague.com. December 13, 2018. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "First-Round Pairings Highlight Announcements at 2019 Little League Baseball World Series Luncheon". littleleague.org. Little League International. June 13, 2019. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "Southwestern Region Tournament Results". Unpage.com. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  6. ^ Randhawa, Manny (August 19, 2018). "Bucs, Cubs to match up in 2019 LL Classic". Major League Baseball. MLB.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "Cubs vs. Pirates - Box Score". ESPN. August 18, 2019. Retrieved August 18, 2019.