Little League World Series TV Schedule: Viewing Guide for Friday's Action

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Little League World Series TV Schedule: Viewing Guide for Friday's Action
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The 2013 Little League World Series is officially upon us, as 16 of the world's top teams are competing for global supremacy. With eight teams from the U.S. and an additional eight international squads, 10 days of baseball will determine which city rules over the baseball world.

On Friday, Aug. 16, Day 2 of action will commence.

Four games will take place in South Williamsport, Penn. Asia-Pacific will play Canada, the West will take on Great Lakes, Japan will clash with Europe-Africa, and the Mid-Atlantic squad will battle the Midwest.

When it's all said and done, four teams will build momentum and four will be left searching for answers.

 

Friday, Aug. 16

Game Team   Team Time TV Live Stream
5 Asia-Pacific vs.  Canada 1:00 p.m. ET ESPN WatchESPN
6 West vs.  Great Lakes 3:00 p.m. ET ESPN WatchESPN
7 Japan vs.  Europe-Africa 5:00 p.m. ET ESPN2 WatchESPN
8 Mid-Atlantic vs.  Midwest 8:00 p.m. ET ESPN WatchESPN

 

Game 5: Asia-Pacific (Chung Ping) vs. Canada (East Nepean)

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Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

 

In the first game of the day, Chung Ping of Chinese Taipei will take on East Nepean of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Both teams are in the running for the international championship at the 2013 Little League World Series, and neither wants to lose early.

The question is, which team can you expect to win?

Chung Ping appears to be the more reputable team in this instance, as Asian countries have a history of success in this tournament. With that being said, neither Canada nor Chinese Taipei has won the event in previous years.

That makes this one a toss-up.

Chung Ping picked up two convincing victory over Hong Kong and South Korea to reach this stage. Ontario, meanwhile, used dominant pitching performances to out-duel Nova Scotia and British Columbia by a collective score of 10-1 to book its ticket to South Williamsport.

Don't be shocked to see Canada use its pitching to pick up the win.

 

Game 6: West (Eastlake of California) vs. Great Lakes (Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores)

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Time: 3:00 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

 

In a clash between two of the better American teams in the tournament, Eastlake of Chula Vista, California, will take on Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Neither team is particularly dominant, but both have realistic dreams.

Here's what to watch for.

Eastlake outscored its previous two opponents by a count of 21-0 en route to winning the West Region. That included a 9-0 win over Belmont-Redwood Shores—the team that was ranked No. 1 overall.

Just don't think Grosse Point Woods-Shores is outmatched too significantly.

Grosse Pointe, representing Michigan, was tasked with defeating top-ranked and heavily favored Illinois in the Great Lakes regional final.

Not only did Grosse Pointe win, but it dominated by a count of 10-3.

Just don't be too shocked to see California continue its dominance of the Little League World Series.

 

Game 7: Japan (Musashi Fuchu) vs. Europe-Africa (South Moravia)

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Time: 5:00 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN2

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

 

Japan has been the dominant force at the Little League World Series ever since the turn of the century. It's won eight titles total, including four since 2001, with its most recent coming just last year.

The odds are in Japan's favor in 2013, once again.

Musashi Fuchu dominated its Japanese opponents en route to the Little League World Series, without a single game being decided by fewer than three runs. With the powerful history of its country behind it, all eyes will be on Japan in its 2013 debut.

The expectation is that Japan will be successful.

South Moravia of the Czech Republic is an interesting underdog to evaluate, as it's an unconventional title contender. It may not have the biggest name, but South Moravia defeated France 20-1, Netherlands 11-8 and Italy 3-0 en route to this appearance.

Prepare for what could be a shocker.

 

Game 8: Mid-Atlantic (Newark National) vs. Midwest (Urbandale)

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Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

 

In our final game of the day, two American squads will look to take a step in the right direction. Newark National of Delaware and Urbandale of Iowa will be the squads involved, and each has a legitimate shot at striking gold.

The Little League World Series couldn't end this day any better.

Newark National comes out of the Mid-Atlantic region, fresh off of a shocking upset of Pennsylvania. After defeating Washington, D.C., by a score of 15-4, it beat a Pennsylvania team that was viewed as a Little League World Series title favorite by a score of 8-2.

If that's not a momentum-builder, what is?

Out of the Midwest, Urbandale escaped with two upsets en route to its appearance. It won 4-3 over Nebraska and 3-2 against top-seed Minnesota, proving that its pitching is strong and its clutch play is equally as noteworthy.

The question here is simple: Will Newark National's hitters be able to solve Urbandale's pitchers? 

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