Little League World Series 2014: Updated Schedule, TV Info, Records and More

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Little League World Series 2014: Updated Schedule, TV Info, Records and More
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One of the globe's definitive sporting events is underway.

The Little League World Series captures the attention of the globe on an annual basis, and this year's iteration will be no different, as an eye-popping 52 teams fight for just eight spots.

The tournament itself dates back to 1947, and although the United States holds the most titles, having won 33, Japan enters as the defending champs after upending California last year.

With no money, contracts, trades or anything of the sort that the MLB brings to the table, the teams that consist of players between the ages of 11 and 13 provide the purest form of the sport possible, and it makes for one heck of a good time.

Let's take a look at the full schedule and standings since Regionals kicked off Friday.

 

Updated Schedule

Date Game Time TV Info
Monday - August 4, 2014
LLB Southwest Regional Pool Play 2:00PM Longhorn Network
LLB Midwest Regional Pool Play 2:00PM ESPN 3
LLB West Regional Pool Play 2:00PM ESPN 3
LLB Great Lakes Regional Pool Play 4:00PM ESPN 3
LLB Midwest Regional Pool Play 5:00PM ESPN 3
LLB Southwest Regional Pool Play 6:00PM Longhorn Network
LLB Great Lakes Regional Pool Play 7:00PM ESPN 3
LLB Northwest Regional Pool Play 7:00PM ESPN 3
LLB Southwest Regional Pool Play 9:30PM Longhorn Network
LLB West Regional Pool Play 10:00PM ESPN 3
Tuesday - August 5, 2014
LLB Great Lakes Regional Pool Play 11:00AM ESPN2
LLB West Regional Pool Play 11:30AM ESPN 3
LLB New England Regional Pool Play 1:00PM NESN
LLB Great Lakes Regional Pool Play 2:00PM ESPN 3
LLB Northwest Regional Pool Play 2:00PM ESPN 3
LLB New England Regional Pool Play 4:00PM NESN
LLB Great Lakes Regional Pool Play 5:00PM ESPN2
LLB Southwest Regional Semifinal 5:00PM ESPN 3
LLB West Regional Pool Play 7:30PM ESPN 3
LLB Southwest Regional Semifinal 8:00PM ESPN2
LLB Northwest Regional Pool Play 10:00PM ESPN 3
Wednesday - August 6, 2014
LLB Midwest Regional Semifinal 11:00AM ESPN2
LLB Northwest Regional Pool Play 11:30AM ESPN 3
LLB Southeast Regional Semifinal 1:00PM ESPN2
LLB New England Regional Pool Play 1:00PM NESN
LLB West Regional Pool Play 2:00PM ESPN 3
LLB Midwest Regional Semifinal 3:00PM ESPN2
LLB New England Regional Pool Play 4:00PM NESN
LLB Southeast Regional Semifinal 5:00PM ESPN2
LLB Southwest Regional Final 7:00PM ESPN2
LLB Northwest Regional Pool Play 7:30PM ESPN 3
LLB West Regional Pool Play 10:00PM ESPN 3
Thursday - August 7, 2014
LLB New England Regional Semifinal 12:00PM NESN
LLB Great Lakes Regional Semifinal 2:00PM ESPN 3
LLB New England Regional Semifinal 3:00PM NESN
LLB Northwest Regional Semifinal 5:00PM ESPN2
LLB Great Lakes Regional Semifinal 7:00PM ESPN 3
LLB Northwest Regional Semifinal 9:00PM ESPN 3
Friday - August 8, 2014
LLB Mid-Atlantic Regional Semifinal 11:00AM ESPN
LLB Midwest Regional Final 1:00PM ESPN
LLB Mid-Atlantic Regional Semifinal 3:00PM ESPN
LLB West Regional Semifinal 5:00PM ESPN2
LLB Southeast Regional Final 7:00PM ESPN
LLB West Regional Semifinal 9:00PM ESPN
Saturday - August 9, 2014
LLB Great Lakes Regional Final 2:00PM ESPN
LLB Northwest Regional Final 4:00PM ESPN
LLB New England Regional Final 7:00PM ESPN
LLB West Regional Final 9:00PM ESPN
Sunday - August 10, 2014
LLB Mid-Atlantic Regional Final 6:00PM ESPN2
Thursday - August 14, 2014
LLBWS Pool Play 1:00PM ESPN
LLBWS Pool Play 3:00PM ESPN
LLBWS Pool Play 5:00PM ESPN2
LLBWS Pool Play 7:00PM ESPN2
Friday - August 15, 2014
LLBWS Pool Play 1:00PM ESPN
LLBWS Pool Play 3:00PM ESPN
LLBWS Pool Play 5:00PM ESPN2
LLBWS Pool Play 8:00PM ESPN
Saturday - August 16, 2014
LLBWS Pool Play 12:00PM ESPN
LLBWS Pool Play 2:00PM ABC
LLBWS Pool Play 5:00PM ESPN2
LLBWS Pool Play 7:00PM ESPN
Sunday - August 17, 2014
LLBWS Pool Play 12:00PM ESPN2
LLBWS Pool Play 2:00PM ESPN
LLBWS Pool Play 5:00PM ESPN
LLBWS Pool Play 7:00PM ESPN2
Monday - August 18, 2014
LLBWS Pool Play 11:00AM ESPN2
LLBWS Pool Play 1:00PM ESPN
LLBWS Pool Play 3:00PM ESPN
LLBWS Pool Play 6:00PM ESPN2
LLBWS Pool Play 8:00PM ESPN2
Tuesday - August 19, 2014
LLBWS Pool Play 12:00PM ESPN
LLBWS Pool Play 3:00PM ESPN
LLBWS Pool Play 7:30PM ESPN
Wednesday - August 20, 2014
LLBWS Pool Play 3:00PM ESPN
LLBWS Pool Play 7:30PM ESPN
Thursday - August 21, 2014
LLBWS Pool Play 3:00PM ESPN
LLBWS Pool Play 7:30PM ESPN
Saturday - August 23, 2014
LLBWS International Championship 12:30PM ABC
LLBWS United States Championship 3:30PM ABC
Sunday - August 24, 2014
LLBWS Third Place Consolation Game 10:00AM ESPN
LLBWS Championship 3:00PM ABC

ESPN

Full schedule courtesy of ESPN. All contests can be watched online at WatchESPN.

 

Regionals Standings

Region Team Record
Midwest
Joplin South, Missouri 1-2
Plymouth/New Hope, Minnesota 3-0
Canyon Lake, South Dakota 3-0
Kearney, Nebraska 1-2
Headid, Iowa 0-3
Frontenac, Kansas 1-2
Mid-Atlantic Newark National, Delaware 1-1
Northwest Washington, D.C. 0-2
Taney Youth Baseball, Pennsylvania 2-0
Toms River, New Jersey 2-0
Colonie, New York 1-1
West Salisbury, Maryland 0-2
New England
Fairfield, Connecticut 2-1
Barnstable, Massachusetts 0-1
Falmouth, Maine 1-2
Goffstown, New Hampshire 1-1
Cumberland, Rhode Island 1-0
Williston, Vermont 1-1
Southwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico 2-0
Boulder, Colorado 1-1
Biloxi, Mississippi 1-1
Northside Suburban, Texas 1-1
Lake Charles, Louisiana 1-1
McAlester, Oklahoma 0-2
Pearland, Texas 2-0
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 0-2
West
Honolulu, Hawaii 2-0
Chandler, Arizona 0-2
Las Vegas, Nevada 2-0
St. George, Utah 0-1
Encinitas, California 0-1
Pacifica, California 1-1
Northwest
Lynnwood, Washington 2-0
Lewiston, Idaho 0-2
Billings, Montana 1-1
Cody, Wyoming 0-1
Eagle River, Alaska 1-0
North Bend, Oregon 1-1
Great Lakes
Chicago, Illinois 2-0
New Albany, Indiana 1-1
Bowling Green, Kentucky 0-2
Midland, Michigan 1-1
Canfield, Ohio 1-1
Burlington, Wisconsin 1-1
Southeast
Brandon, Florida 1-0
Peachtree City, Georgia 1-0
Clemmons, North Carolina 0-1
Bridgeport, West Virginia 0-1
Jackson, Alabama 0-1
Taylor, South Carolina 1-0
Nashville, Tennessee 1-0
Henrico, Virginia 0-1
Canada
Lethbridge, Alberta 2-1
St. John, New Brunswick 0-3
Vancouver, British Columbia 3-0
Toronto, Ontario 2-0
Regina, Saskatchewan 1-1
Montreal, Quebec 1-1
Valleyfield, Quebec 0-3

ESPN

Full standings, including International Divisions, can be found at LLBWS.org.

 

Each year, there is a subtle complexity to the Little League World Series, as is sure to happen when so many teams and individuals from around the globe come together for one month to compete toward a common goal.

Little League President and CEO Stephen D. Keener broke down what the tournament means and how fans will benefit from the increased media coverage. per Brian McClintock of Littleleague.org:

Our World Series tournaments are a wonderful example of the sportsmanship and competition that occurs on thousands of Little League fields every spring and summer. We are excited that our fans from around the world will be able to see more Little League International Tournament games than ever thanks to our broadcast partnership with ESPN.

The tournament is very much a chance for youngsters from smaller towns not normally known for sports to excel on a global scale.

Take the team from Rapid City, South Dakota, for example. The squad, led by Timberline All-Stars manager Loy Matthes, is off to a hot start in the Midwest region, as noted by its Sunday triumph over Joplin, Missouri, 9-7.

Matt Slocum/Associated Press

"I told our players throughout the year, even our league team before we get to the all-stars, we play as good of baseball here in Rapid City as anywhere in the United States," said Matthes before the tournament, per the Rapid City Journal's Richard Anderson. "We play top caliber here in Rapid City."

Want a more individual storyline that helps encapsulate what the tournament is all about?

Get familiar with the story of Little League umpire Tom Sauer from the Indianapolis area, who at 57 years of age has the same aspirations as anyone when it comes to making his way to Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Sauer has undergone a battle with cancer over the years, and he says manning the diamond at home plate has helped him through the tough times, per Autumn Allison of The Indianapolis Star:

When I first was diagnosed with cancer, I was upset like most people would be. I kind of didn't want to do anything. Didn't want to talk to anybody. Kind of kept to myself, and then I said, 'You know what, this ain't me. I need to go out and do something.'

I'm so excited to be going to Williamsport. I just hope that (it goes well), because that's in front of 30,000 to 40,000 people to be umpiring, and it's on national TV and all that.

He is one of 16 umpires set to make the trip when things get underway on August 14.

Stories such as the underdogs from South Dakota and the human-interest angles of individuals such as Sauer make it one of the most identifiable and pure sports events around.

At the summer wears onward and the finals inch closer, be sure to soak up all of the action the Little League World Series has to offer.

 

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