The Little League World Series 2010 schedule started yesterday. With the series schedule under way, the 2010 Little League World Series will showcase the U.S and world’s best for the next week. The eight best teams left in the United States will be pit up against each other, along with the eight best teams from everywhere else. It will take 32 games, at the most, to determine a champion by August 29. Yesterday, the Little League World Series 2010 schedule contained the first four of those games, with five more set for today.
The ceremonies at Williamsport began yesterday afternoon, with the opening match between New England’s Fairfield, Connecticut team, and the Northwest squad from Auburn, Washington. Fairfield started off with a 3-1 victory, leaving Auburn to play in tonight’s consolation match.
The Little League World Series 2010 schedule had its first high scoring match in yesterday’s second game, as Pearland, Texas defeated Plymouth, Minnesota, 10-8. Pearland actually dominated much of the way, yet a late grand slam from Plymouth nearly brought them back.
On the night portion of the Little League World Series 2010 schedule, the international teams got under way. Manati, Puerto Rico got an abbreviated 11-0 win over Germany’s Ramstein’s Air Force Base, led by manager and former major league Jose Valentin. In addition, Valentin family members Yomar and Victor hit home runs, with Yomar hitting two.
Day 1 of the Little League World Series 2010 schedule ended with Tokyo, Japan defeating Mexico’s Nuevo Laredo, 4-2. With half of the field getting under way yesterday, the rest of the teams will start today, with two of yesterday’s losing teams facing off tonight.
Today’s crowded Little League World Series 2010 schedule started at 11 am est on ESPN, with former champion Toms River, New Jersey returning against Hamilton, Ohio. At 1 pm on ESPN, Chitre, Panama takes on Vancouver, Canada, with Columbus, Georgia facing Waipahu, Hawaii at 3 pm on ABC. At 6 pm, China’s Kaohsiung team takes on Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
The next stage of the Little League World Series 2010 schedule starts at 8 p.m., as Auburn takes on Plymouth in the first consolation game. Since the tournament isn’t double elimination, the loser will not be eliminated. The Game 1 and 2 winners, Fairfield and Pearland, will wait until Sunday night to face each other.
Pool play will unfold over the next week, until the U.S and International Championships next Saturday, and the world championship next Sunday. But until then, the little leaguers are just feeling each other out, and forming a first impression at Williamsport.
The second half of the field will make their own debuts today, while yesterday’s players get themselves prepared for Sunday’s action.
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