Sixteen teams, eight from the United States and eight international teams, featuring some of the best youth baseball players in the world, descend on Williamsport, Pennsylvania, this week for the 2019 Little League World Series, which starts Thursday.
Amongst those is one D.C.-area team, the Southeast region representatives from Loudoun County, the first Virginia team to make the tournament since 1994. Representing the U.S. West region, Central East Maui Little League from Hawaii will look to protect Hawaii's 2018 Championship win.
International teams have a slight edge in the 72-year history of the Little League World Series, holding 37 Championships to the United States' 35.
In the past five years, teams from the United States have won only two of the Championship titles. As such, the United States' side is the underdog heading into this year's tournament.
The LLWS consists of 30 games; the first few rounds of the tournament follow a double-elimination format, so even if a team loses in the winning bracket they have a chance to fight back into contention in the consolation bracket.
Once teams reach the international championship and the United States championship, however, it becomes single elimination and the winning teams face off in the championship game.
2019 Little League World Series Schedule, Bracket
Thursday, Aug. 15
Game 1: Caribbean vs. Australia, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2: New England vs. Southeast, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 3: Asia Pacific vs. Latina America, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4: Midwest vs. Great Lakes, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Friday, Aug. 16
2019 LLWS Regions, Teams
Great Lakes Region: Bowling Green Eastern Little League | Bowling Green, Kentucky
Mid-Atlantic Region: Elmora Youth Little League | Elizabeth, New Jersey
Midwest Region: Coon Rapids Andover American Little League | Coon Rapids, Minnesota
New England Region: Barrington Little League |Barrington, Rhode Island
Northwest Region: Sprague Little League | Salem, Oregon
Southeast Region: Loudoun South American Little League | South Riding, Virginia
Southwest Region: Eastbank Little League | River Ridge, Louisiana
West Region: Central East Maui Little League | Wailuku, Hawaii
Asia-Pacific Region: Chung Nam (B) Little League | South Chungcheong, South Korea
Australia Region: Cronulla Little League | Sydney
Canada Region: Coquitlam Little League | Coquitlam, British Columbia
Caribbean Region: Pabao Little League | Willemstad, Curacao
Europe-Africa Region: Emilia Romagna Little League | Bologna, Italy
Japan Region: Chofu Little League | Chofu City, Japan
Latin America Region: Cacique Mara Little League | Maracaibo, Venezuela
Mexico Region: Epitacio "Mala" Torres Little League | Guadalupe, Nuevo León
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