The little league world series is held every three years in an international location. Historically, it has been played in different regions of the country. In 1985, Mexicali, Mexico, represented the Western Region, a division located near El Centro/Calexico, California. The league represented California District 22 and went on to win the tournament. However, after the 1985 Series, the league shifted its play to Mexico. Today, South Lake Tahoe (CA) plays in the Nevada region.
AP Female Athlete of the Series (2014 World Series)
Mo’ne Davis has been named the AP Female Athlete of the 2014 Little League World Series. The 13-year-old is also a 2014 Sports Illustrated Kid of the Year. She was the breakout star of the Little League World Series, tossing a two-hitter and striking out eight. She has already signed with a high school varsity team and hopes to one day play basketball for the University of Connecticut.
In 1994, Tsushima became the first girl pitcher to make the LLWS, representing a team from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. She went on to win silver and bronze medals at the Olympic Games. In addition to Tsushima, other athletes of note in the series include Austin Dillon (2002 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion) and Krissy Wendell, a member of the U.S. women’s national team.
AP Female Athlete of the Series (1998)
Mo’ne Davis became the youngest AP Female Athlete of the Year when she won the 1998 Little League World Series at age 13. Her first game was on August 4, and her team won the championship. Her success quickly earned her an AP Female Athlete of the Year award. At just 13 years old, she was already a celebrity and threw like a girl.
After her win, Davis became the first girl to play for the U.S. team since 2004. She struck out 19 batters and didn’t walk a batter in seven innings of pitching in Game 4. Though she was the only girl on the team, she drew a lot of attention from the media. She was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and was named a National Sports Kid.
Staten Island crowd’s frustration with umpire in 1998
An irate fan attacked a baseball umpire in game three of the 1998 season in Yankee Stadium. Umpire Mike Reilly had called Dave Winfield out on a close play, and the frustrated crowd took umbrage. The umpire ended up with a black eye, and the rest of the Stadium erupted. The umpire was reportedly unable to speak to reporters and was left laying on the field.
Staten Island’s victory in 2014 World Series
The Little League team from Staten Island is one of the best baseball teams in the United States. Their victory in the 2014 Little League World Series is just one win away from advancing to the U.S. finals. The team’s victory came on Sunday, when the Mid-Island squad beat the Southwest champions in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Steven Martinez singled into right field to cap off a two-run third inning, and Gregory Bruno pitched two gems.
The team is the 34th U.S. team to win the tournament. Since 1947, the Little League World Series has been contested in the world, with teams from 35 countries vying for the title. Staten Island has won the championship three times, the most recent in 1964. The boys from the Southern Tier capped a 24-0 summer with their win. It also caught the attention of President Barack Obama, who attended the championship game.
Jackson Surma’s performance in 2014 World Series
One of the most impressive performances by a Michigan baseball player this year was his performance in the 2014 Little League World Series. The third baseman drove in four runs and struck out eight in a victory over the Ohio team. In the championship game, Surma’s two-run single in the first inning gave Michigan the lead, and he went on to drive in three more runs and score another. He finished the game 2 for 3 with a run and four RBIs.
The game was close throughout, but Surma’s three-run third-inning home run made it 4-3. Surma added to his day by scoring on a wild pitch and lining out to left. After he moved to third, he stole home on an errant throw. Surma drove in four more runs in the fifth inning, and his performance at the 2014 Little League World Series made him a household name.