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Little League World Series 2022: Bracket Schedule, TV Info, Round 1 Predictions

Maurice Bobb@@ReeseReportFeatured Columnist IAugust 17, 2022

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For its 75th anniversary, the Little League World Series, which is played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, will expand the field of final teams to 20 instead of 16.

These teams are the best that youth baseball has to offer from around the world, including countries like Japan, Panama, Mexico, Canada and Australia.

There will be two brackets, one for the U.S. teams and the other for the International squads.

The LLBWS begins Wednesday, August 17 and is capped off with the United States and International finals on Aug. 27 and the final on Aug. 28.

Here's a quick look at the schedule of matchups and how and when to catch the action.

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LLWS Round 1 Schedule

August 17

Caribbean vs. Latin America, 1 p.m., ESPN

Southeast vs. New England, 3 p.m., ESPN

Canada vs. Australia, 5 p.m., ESPN

Northwest vs. West, 7 p.m., ESPN

August 18

Asia-Pacific vs. Europe-Africa, 1 p.m., ESPN

Midwest vs. Great Lakes, 3 p.m., ESPN

Puerto Rico vs. Mexico, 5 p.m., ESPN

Southwest vs. Mid-Atlantic, 7 p.m., ESPN2

August 19

Panama vs. TBD, 1 p.m., ESPN

Mountain vs. TBD, 3 p.m., ESPN

Japan vs. TBD, 5 p.m., ESPN

Metro vs. TBD, 7 p.m., ESPN

All times ET.

Key Dates

August 17: Round 1 Begins

August 20: Round 2 Begins

August 27: United States and International Finals

August 28: Little League World Series Championship Game

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To kicks things off, Game 1 will feature the matchup be between Latin America and Caribbean at 1 p.m. on ESPN on Wednesday.

United States-based teams have won the last three titles, so fans will likely be expecting that winning trend to continue.

The last non-United States team to win the LLBWS is Japan, who last won it in 2017, but also won it in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015.

With the two new regions added for the United States and the two new international regions from Panama and Puerto Rico, there will be more teams to evaluate and consider for the last team standing.

Last year's winner hailed from Taylor, Michigan, with the runner-up coming out of Hamilton, Ohio.

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So far, one of the teams that has everyone talking is Davenport, Iowa, who will be representing the Midwest division. They finally made it back to the LLBWS for the first time since 1975.

There will likely be a lot more people interested in how these games play out, considering the attention brought by the surprising moment of sportsmanship displayed by one of the batters hit by a wild pitch.

The United States teams are ready to play, but they'll have to fend off the International squads that have been chomping at the bit to play since they were not allowed to participate last year.

All told, it should be a great first round of play for baseball fans worldwide to witness.

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