The Best Little League World Series Moments

  • Will Lucas

    During the 2012 LLWS, Will Lucas threw a no-hitter during an elimination game to lead his Fairfield, Conn., squad past New Castle, Ind., 4-0. The right-hander mixed speeds effectively, and was so good all game that opposing manager Tim Porter even said, “I think we did some really good things here. At the end of the day life is a lot bigger than baseball. … We would have liked to win this thing, but we didn’t.”

    When the losing coach says something like that, you know you had a good game.

     

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  • Danny Almonte

    This might be the worst quality video on YouTube but it’s enough for us to remember the legend that was Danny Almonte. Yeah, it was later revealed he was older than initially advertised but the pitcher’s dominance was incredible.

    His no-hitter had every sports fan handing out high-fives to their friends.

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  • Jesus Sauceda

    During the 2008 LLWS, Mexico’s Jesus Sauceda was so good against Italy that they had to stop the game after four innings. Okay… so they really stopped it because of the mercy rule, but the pitcher had also pitched a perfect game while striking out a dozen batters.

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  • Michael Rando

    I miss the days of Ken Griffey Jr. climbing walls, repeatedly putting his body in harm’s way, and coming up with spectacular, run-saving catches. In this instance, this play actually won the game for Walpole, Massachusetts, during 2007.

    Up by a run, center fielder Michael Rando robbed an opposing batter of a sure home run.

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  • Dalton Carriker

    That same year, Dalton Carriker hit a walk-off home run in the championship game, pushing Georgia over Japan for the title. That’s so perfect you couldn’t even dream about it.

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  • 2012 U.S. Little League Championship

    The 2012 U.S. Little League Championship was a wild one. Not only were a total of 40 runs scored by the squads from Tennessee and California, but the kids from Cali threw up 10 runs in one inning to send it into extras. Then, immediately after that, Tennessee showed its resiliency by coming back for nine more.

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  • Bradley Smith

    This 2012 team from Cali had a very eventful series. Here they are showing up again with a bunt from one of their best hitters. Pitcher Bradley Smith, who just so happened to be the biggest kid in the entire tournament, caught everyone by surprise by dropping in a perfect bunt with his team trailing New Jersey in an elimination game. Up to that point, he was 6-for-8 at the plate during the LLWS.

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  • Kotaro Kiyomiya

    Last year, Kotaro Kiyomiya announced himself to the world with a bang. The 13-year-old monster — he was 6-0, 206 pounds at the time! — hit a homer that almost reached the top of the hill in the stands. In this video, the Japanese Mark McGwire also shows he can pitch a little, too.

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  • Will Lucas
  • Jesus Sauceda
  • Michael Rando
  • Dalton Carriker
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  • Bradley Smith
  • Kotaro Kiyomiya

Everyone loves the Little League World Series. How could you not? Young kids playing a game they love. Raw emotion. Talent. Tears. And every once in a while, that iconic moment that’ll be replayed over and over again on SportsCenters and news stations.

This year’s LLWS kicked off earlier this month, featuring 52 teams battling for just eight spots, including the defending champs from Japan — although the United States still holds the all-time mark with 33 titles. The highlight so far was the amazing play of pitcher Mo’Ne Davis from Philadelphia. A 13-year-old girl throwing complete games and garnering national magazine covers? It was awesome.

Over the years, we’ve seen some incredible plays. With the series in full swing now, take a look back as we feature some of the greatest moments in LLWS history.

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