Little League World Series 2012: Previewing Day 2 Action

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Little League World Series 2012: Previewing Day 2 Action
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The Little League World Series has delighted fans all over the world since its inaugural tournament in 1947. Players and teams have come and gone, but the competitive nature of the 11-to-13 year olds never changes.

This year is no different. Eight teams from the United States and eight international teams provide the excitement in 2012, as all 16 teams vye for the title of "World's Best Little League Baseball Team."

Day 1 of the 2012 LLWS has come and gone, so it is time to preview all the action that Day 2 from Williamsport has to offer.

 

Game 5: Mexico vs. Canada, 1 p.m. ET on ESPN

Despite losing a game in the Mexico regional tournament, Oriente advanced to Williamsport as the region's representative.

This team is somewhat of an enigma at the dish, as the bats sometimes disappear. Oriente scored 35 runs in its first two regional games, but lost 7-2 in its third game of pool play.

The team bounced back with 19 runs in the semifinal and championship game, though, so it's easy to see that they can come up clutch.

Hastings Community LL was the only team from the Canadian regional tournament to post a perfect 5-0 record.

This is not a team to be messed with, as it outscored opponents 74-2 in the regional tournament. Oriente brings the big bats, but Hastings Community can hit a bit themselves, and they obviously have one of the best pitching staffs in this tournament.

 

Game 6: Mid-Atlantic (Parsippany, New Jersey) vs. Southwest (San Antonio, Texas), 3 p.m. ET on ESPN

New Jersey's Par Troy East LL will be awarded the luxury of having the crowd in its corner, as Williamsport is close enough for the New Jersey faithful to travel.

The Jersey boys won't bring lumber as heavy as some of the other teams in the tournament, but there are some solid pitchers on the roster that can keep the opposition at bay.

McAllister Park National LL could be a problem for Par Troy East, as it proved to be able to win different kinds of games.

McAllister won four games via shutout, outscoring their opponents 44-0. It also won a close 6-3 game, so it's clear the boys don't crack under pressure, either.

 

Game 7: Latin America vs. MEA, 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Aguadulce, Panama emerged as the representative from the Latin America region by beating Venezuela 6-5 in the championship game.

The pitching staff didn't allow more than two runs until the championship game, but the hitters had a problem producing through some stretches. If this team can get the right mix of pitching and hitting, they will surprise some people in this tournament.

Uganda's Lugazi LL used pitching, pitching and more pitching to get to this point, as it allowed just three runs in five games during regional play.

The Middle East region isn't known for its baseball prowess, but Uganda will get an opportunity to change that on Friday against Panama. 

 

Game 8: Great Lakes (New Castle, Indiana) vs. Northwest (Gresham, Oregon), 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

In the final matchup of the day, New Castle, Indiana will take on Gresham, Oregon in a battle between the Great Lakes champion and the Northwest champion.

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New Castle advanced despite a few nail-biters to round out regional play. Each of the team's final three games resulted in a one-run victory, with the final game being won on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Gresham National LL advanced from the Northwest regional despite posting just a 2-2 record in group play. The team redefined what it means to get hot when it counts, as it won its final two games against opponents that had posted a combined 7-1 record in pool play.

Both of these teams are definitely underdogs in terms of their chances to win it all, but we have seen crazy things happen in past LLWS.

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