Little League World Series 2021: Monday Schedule, TV Info and Bracket Prediction

Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2021

Sammamish, Wash. starting pitcher Eli Jones throws to a Palm City, Fla., batter during the first inning of a baseball game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. Washington won 1-0. Jones threw a no-hitter. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
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Inclement weather put a damper on Sunday's play at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. That should not be the case Monday, as the weather—AccuWeather forecasts periods of sun and cloud in the afternoon with the threat of a thunderstorm—should allow all scheduled games to be played.

A strong performance by pitcher Xavier Navarro propelled California past Ohio in one of the matches was played Sunday and set up the losing team for a showdown with Louisiana on Monday.

That matchup is part of a four-game schedule that will take us one step closer to determining a champion in this year's unprecedented tournament.


TV Schedule

Michigan vs. Texas, 1 p.m., ESPN

Oregon vs. South Dakota, 3 p.m., ESPN

Ohio vs. Louisiana, 5 p.m., ESPN 2

Washington vs. Nebraska, 7 p.m., ESPN 2



Michigan vs. Texas

Michigan embarrassed Florida in their first-round meeting thanks to starting pitcher Ethan Van Belle's play. He will look to make it a streak of shutouts against Texas on Monday, but it will not be easy. Ella Bruning, the only girl in this year's tournament, was red-hot for Texas in its first-round win, driving in a run and tallying two hits and an RBI.

Both teams shut out the opposition in their first games, making this one difficult to predict. Assuming Bruning continues her strong play, Texas should win this one narrowly and most definitely not in the dominant fashion it did against Washington.

Prediction: Texas


Oregon vs. South Dakota

South Dakota shut out Louisiana in its first game, thanks to the superb play of pitcher Gavin Weir. Retiring 15 batters and completing just over five innings of no-hit play, he was magnificent as he led the team to a mostly uncontested victory.

Oregon dominated as well, earning an 8-2 win over host state Pennsylvania in its first game. While a six-run victory is nothing to balk at, Weir's performance and his teammates' response to it make South Dakota a daunting matchup for any team.

Prediction: South Dakota


Ohio vs. Louisiana

Ohio gave up nine runs Sunday in a disastrous loss to California, which looks to be the class of the tournament. It was beaten down and had 13 batters retired by a team that has steamrolled the competition to this point. That may prove difficult for the team to get over as it faces an eminently beatable Louisiana squad Monday.

The team narrowly escaped with a 5-3 victory against Pennsylvania in its most recent outing. Solid enough pitching helped them get past the home team, but it will need better defense to slow an Ohio team looking to avoid elimination and keep alive its dreams of a championship.

Prediction: Ohio


Washington vs. Nebraska

Washington ran into the buzz saw that is Bruning in its first game of the tournament, a shutout loss. The team recovered nicely, with Eli Jones tossing a no-hitter against Florida for a 1-0 victory Saturday. While Washington has momentum on its side, its lack of scoring is concerning, especially as it gets deeper into the tournament.

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The question is whether it can rely on that type of play from Jones each game. If so, it may stick around a bit longer, dinking and dunking other teams to narrowly escaping with wins. That might be its best approach against a Nebraska team that will be reeling from Sunday's 11-3 defeat at the hands of Hawaii.

Prediction: Washington