LLWS 2014: Full Schedule and Viewing Info for Remainder of Tournament

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LLWS 2014: Full Schedule and Viewing Info for Remainder of Tournament
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Not a day goes by at the 2014 Little League World Series in which some of the globe's best sportsmanship is not put on display.

Free from the shackles of money, contracts and the like, the tournament in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is a showcase of the purest baseball possible. Even better, the stakes continue to escalate as elimination games become more frequent.

It boils down to must-see action, especially when the sport is being played at such a high level and each game matters.

Below, let's take a look at the schedule the rest of the way and a few teams to set aside time for after the jump.

 

Updated Schedule

Date Game Time TV Info
Monday - August 18, 2014
Texas vs Washington 3:00PM ESPN
Venezuela vs Puerto Rico 6:00PM ESPN2
Illinois vs Rhode Island 8:00PM ESPN2
Tuesday - August 19, 2014
Canada vs Tennessee 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.

 

Teams to Watch

Japan

Matt Slocum/Associated Press

The defending champions and winners in three of the last four have not had such an easy go of it this year.

Japan encountered another powerhouse in Venezuela to start things off Thursday and wound up fortunate that the staff placed Takuma Takahashi on the mound in what turned out to be a defensive battle.

All he did was pitch the full six innings and strike out 14 batters in the 1-0 victory. Suguru Kanamori gave his team the decisive run in the third inning. 

The team leaned more on offense in Sunday's 9-5 comeback win over Mexico. Shozo Kamata and Hayato Ueshima supplied two RBI each as their side broke a tie game in the bottom of the fifth to score the win.

Japan is one of the rare teams in the tournament that complements sound offensive capabilities in the batter's box with elite pitching on the mound. While arguably not as great as past iterations, this year's Japan team stands a strong chance to win it all again.

 

Venezuela

Matt Slocum/Associated Press

Japan may have upended Venezuela early in the tournament, but with the way both teams have played this year, it would not be a shock to see them hook up once more.

Zach Geld of WEEI Sports Radio put it best during their first meeting:

In that pitchers' duel that resulted in a loss, Venezuela still got three quality innings on the mound from Jorge Cabrera to go with as many strikeouts. The team then turned right around and needed just five innings to dispatch of Canada, 10-0.

In that contest, Jose Luis Atencio gave his team 4.2 innings of work and fanned five while Ronny Medina led all betters with four RBI. Cesar Vivas was close behind with three.

Like Japan, Venezuela can field a shutout through quality work on the mound at any given point, but it also has enough juice at the plate to take advantage of even the slightest off pitch.

The combination means fans will want to catch a Venezuela game before all is said and done. Such a robust roster of talent is hard to find at any level, let alone a tournament that touts talent from around the world.

 

Pennsylvania

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

Taney, the team that hails from Pennsylvania, is a team to watch for a bevy of reasons.

Most of the attention goes to Mo'ne Davis—and rightfully so. She helped her side overcome Tennessee 4-0 Friday thanks to a complete-game shutout that featured eight strikeouts and just two hits.

Philadelphia manager Alex Rice says fans will get a chance to see the calm, cool and collected Davis again before tournament's end, per John McGonigal of The Associated Press.

"She's unflappable," said Rice, adding it's "highly likely" that Davis will pitch Wednesday. "All the attention—she's getting a little tired of the same questions and we're getting past that—but the attention and everything isn't getting to her. She's having a blast."

To make Davis' team an even more attractive watch, the players have a thing for heroics when it matters. Sunday, Zion Spearman hit an RBI triple with two outs in the sixth inning and then scored the game-winning run in the 7-6 affair.

Davis makes Taney a fascinating team, but the ability of those around her put things over the top.

 

Note: All statistics and info courtesy of LLBWS.org unless otherwise specified.

 

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