2021 Little League World Series: Taylor North Little League (1-0) vs. Wylie Little League (1-0)
When: 1 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Volunteer Stadium, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
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FRIDAY’S OPENER:Taylor North’s Ethan Van Belle rings up Florida, 8-0
GREAT LAKES REGIONAL:Taylor North locks up Michigan’s first LLWS berth since 2018
Game notes: Michigan’s Little League World Series representative, Taylor North, continues its run in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, against Texas’ representative, Wylie Little League of Abilene, at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Taylor North is the first Michigan team to make the LLWS since 2018, when Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores won two games. (And of course, the 1959 Hamtramck squad, led by Pinky Deras, is the only Michigan team to win it all.) Taylor North dominated Florida in its LLWS opener, 8-0, thanks to pitcher Ethan Van Belle, who struck out 6 over four innings, then shifted to first base and made a stellar play to maintain the shutout. The win was the first shutout for a Michigan team at the LLWS since that Hamtramck squad won the title game, 12-0.
The opponent: Abilene’s Wylie Little League won its opener Friday night against Washington, 6-0. Abilene was led by Ella Bruning, its catcher and occasional pitcher, who had two hits, an RBI and drove in a run. Bruning is also a rarity at the LLWS: A girl — she’s only the 20th girl to play in Williamsport. Click here to find out why she was drawing rave reviews from pro backstops such as Wilson Contreras and Jorge Posada.
At stake: The winner of today’s game will get a break until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, when it will face the winner of this afternoon’s game between the teams from Hawaii and Nebraska. The loser falls into the elimination bracket and will face New Jersey to open Monday’s play at 1 p.m. (also on ESPN). The full bracket is here.
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