The 2010 Little League World Series is in the midst of its busiest week of games with pool play dominating the action in Williamsport.
The four pools, separated by U.S. and international brackets, are double-elimination round-robins that will allow only one team from each pool to advance to the knockout round of the Little League World Series.
So far, there have been a number of close games as well as a number of blowouts. The biggest sticks have so far come from the team from Chinese Taipei (or Taiwan) which has annihilated its opposition en route to the finals of Pool D action.
If you've noticed, the LLWS has received double-barrel coverage across ESPN's networks this week and for good reason—there has been a lot of action. But we're here to catch you up with Monday's scores, Tuesday's schedule, and a look at the contenders for the 2010 LLWS crown.
Mid-West - Plymouth, Minnesota 1
Europe - Ramstein Air Base, Germany 2
Asia-Pacific - Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei 23
Canada - Vancouver, British Columbia 0
Caribbean - Manati, Puerto Rico 2
Mexico - Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
The Great Lakes vs. Southeast game was postponed until 4 pm Tuesday.
The Northwest vs. New England game was postponed until 8 pm Tuesday.
Game B (Consolation – Mid-Atlantic vs. Middle East & Africa) Noon at Lamade Stadium, ESPN2
Game 19 Canada vs. Latin America: 2 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium, ESPN2
Game 17 Great Lakes vs. Southeast: 4 p.m. at Lamade Stadium, ESPN
Game 21 Japan vs. Mexico: 6 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium, ESPN2
Game 18 New England vs. Northwest: 8 p.m. at Lamade Stadium, ESPN2
The team from Chinese Taipei, a historic Little League World Series powerhouse, has run through pool like a hot knife through butter. Chinese Taipei has defeated its opposition, the Middle East team from Saudi Arabia and Canada, by a combined 41-0 score.
At this point, it is tough to see another team knocking off Chinese Taipei but in the Little League World Series—just like the big leagues—a team is only as good as that day's starter. The problem for the opposition is that Chinese Taipei is hammering the other team's starter while tossing goose eggs of their own.
Japan is another perennial favorite to at least advance to the semifinals of the Little League World Series. So far, Japan has got it done by winning close games including an earlier 4-2 victory over Mexico and a 7-2 victory over the Caribbean team from Puerto Rico.
Japan next faces Mexico in the finals of Pool C play where they hope to avenge last year's loss to Mexico in the first round of the knockout stage.
The Southwest team from Pearland, Texas has already advanced to the finals of Pool B play and shown that it will take a lot of offense to bring them down.
Southwest has scored 24 runs in its first two games of pool play, including a 14-1 victory over New England in the semifinals of pool play.
As mentioned, Mexico advanced to the finals of Pool C play where it will face Japan. Mexico advanced to this point by knocking off Europe and the Caribbean by 11-2 and 4-2 scores, respectively.
Mexico is no stranger to advancing deep into the Little League World Series. Mexico finished in third place in 2009 and lost in the championship game in 2008. Though obviously from different cities in Mexico all three years, the competition level remains high with a strong national history at this event.
Georgia, aka Southeast, advanced to the semifinals in Pool A by beating Hawaii 6-2. Next up for Southeast could be one of the single best games in the entire Little League World Series against Hamilton, Ohio (Great Lakes).
Columbus, Georgia produced the 2006 Little League World Series champions. Neighboring Warner Robins, Georgia won the 2007 Little League World Series.
Bottom line, Georgia is producing talent to win the whole thing.
Great Lakes, from Hamilton, Ohio, thumped the Mid-Atlantic team from Toms River, NJ en route to a spot in the Pool A semifinals. Great Lakes won its first pool game by a 16-6 score and is one of the early favorites to play in the U.S. Championship Game on August 28th.