[Waipahu, Hawaii's Matthew Campos (8) heads home to celebrate with teammates after hitting a three-run home run off Hamilton, Ohio pitcher Brooks Robinson in the fourth inning of a baseball game during pool play at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010. Hawaii won 6-4. Gene J. Puskar]
11 teams competed in the first Little League Word Series back in 1947, with more than 2,500 enthusiastic fans showing up for the championship game. Catapulting Little League into the national spotlight, programs around the nation soon blossomed after the inaugural tournament. Now, Little League is the world’s largest organized youth sports program.
And now, more than half way through the 63rd annual competition, the dream continues. Who will take home the coveted title? We’ll have to wait until August 29th to find out.
[Mexico's Ivan Flores, Ricardo Puga and Andres Salinas, from left, react after losing a baseball game against Japan at the Little League World Series, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, in South Williamsport, Pa. Japan won 3-2. Matt Slocum]
Already, powerhouses Puerto Rico and Mexico have been eliminated. Will a less known, first appearance team rise up? After this weekend, we’ll know much more.
Which team do you think will be crowned the 63rd Annual Little League World Series Champions?
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[Pearland, Texas' Chris Ledger (6) is out attempting to steal second as Auburn, Wash., second baseman Ikaika Nahaku takes the throw from catcher Hudson Byorick in the third inning of a baseball game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.,Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010. Gene J. Puskar]
Little League’s Mission: Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program assists youth in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being.