- Courtesy of Little League
The 73rd Little League World Series is happening in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The 16-team field, which consists of eight U.S. and eight international teams, will face off in a modified double-elimination tournament culminating with the Little League World Series championship game on Aug. 25.
Southwest: Eastbank Little League
Location: River Ridge, Louisiana
Scouting report: Louisiana is making its eighth LLWS appearance and its first since 2011, when Lafayette went 1-2. Eastbank Little League is making its first LLWS appearance. … Eastbank is undefeated this summer. It went 4-0 in regionals, beating both Texas teams en route to winning the title. Louisiana beat Texas West in the regional final, snapping a streak of seven straight appearances for Texas in the LLWS. … In districts and states combined, Eastbank outscored its opponents 79-0. … Eastbank threw three shutouts in three state tournament games, outscoring its opponents 46-0. … This is the first time a team from the city of River Ridge is appearing in the LLWS. It’s the fourth city from Louisiana to produce a LLWS team, joining Alexandria, Lake Charles and Lafayette. … River Ridge, a suburb of New Orleans, is located 11 miles west of the city. … Louisiana begins LLWS play against Hawaii at 4 p.m. ET Friday. (3 p.m. Louisiana time)
Fun fact: Louisiana has a 9-14 record in the LLWS but has won at least one game in six of its seven previous appearances.
A U.S. team has won two of the past three Little League World Series titles, and U.S. entrants will be seeking to win consecutive championships for the first time since a run of five in a row from 2005 to ’09. U.S. teams are 17-35 all time against international teams in LLWS championship games.
To see a list of all the teams competing click here.