5 things to know as Middleborough moves to the Little League World Series


A game with Tennessee awaits.

Teams line up before a Little League World Series game. Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo

Middleborough booked a trip to the Little League World Series, becoming the first team from Massachusetts to compete in the event since Peabody in 2009.

Here are five things to know as the team heads to Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Middleborough did it long before, but it’s been a while.

This is Middleborough’s second visit, the first being in 1994.

Twenty-eight years ago, Middleborough won three consecutive playoff games to clinch their ticket to Williamsport before finishing 1-2 in the Little League World Series.

β€œIn ten or fifteen years, their lives will be cluttered with deadlines, commitments, loans and love,” boston globe wrote columnist Dan Shaughnessy. “And they will think back to that wonderful week in August 1994, when they were 12 years old and winning baseball games was the only thing in life that mattered.”

Fun fact: Former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel competed for Northridge, Calif. that summer. His team lost to Venezuela, 4-3, in the league game, but the excitement of the moment was not lost on Kassel.

“We’re very famous,” he said at the time. “I love him. I hope to do The Letterman Show, Leno, all that stuff.

As shown below, they actually became celebrities.

They have already had a spectacular run.

Regardless of how the next few weeks play out, it’s been a magical season for Middleborough’s 2022 squad.

He beat a team from Concord, New Hampshire, 1-0, on August 6, lost 10-4 to a formidable foe from Bangor, Maine, then responded with an 11-0 win over Concord to advance to the championship. . Game.

This time, Middleborough overtook that same Bangor side, 10-1, to cement their place in Little League tradition.

They have a great opportunity ahead of them.

Next up is a first-round matchup with Southeastern Regional Champion Nolensville Little League from Tennessee on Wednesday, August 17 at 3 p.m. EST.

If Middleborough wins, he will face the representative of Mountain San Bernardino, Calif., on Friday, August 19 at 3 p.m. If he loses, he will go to the Elimination Bracket and still have a chance to make a run in the Double Elimination Tournament. .

The United States Championship is scheduled for August 27, and the winner of that will face the winner of the International Championship on August 28 at 3 p.m.

All games are expected to air on ESPN, ESPN2, or ABC, as well as ESPN+ and fuboTV.

Here is the full support.

The tournament has returned to normal.

This is the 75th edition of the competition for the LLWS.

The tournament now features 20 teams and is a particularly welcome sight after the 2020 tournament never took place due to COVID-19 and the 2021 tournament only featured American teams.

Louisiana won in 2019 and Michigan prevailed in 2021. Chinese Taipei has 17 championships, the most of all time. Japan have won five times since 2010.

Since 2013, there has been an even split between US and international winners (including last year).

Ten Massachusetts teams participated in total. Middleborough will try to become the first Massachusetts team to win it all.

The Red Sox will be there.

The Red Sox will face the Orioles in the MLB Little League Classic at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field on Sunday, August 21 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Middleborough could have a game that day or could have the day off, depending on how the action unfolds.

Maybe the Middleborough team will check out the action, and who knows – maybe some Red Sox players will watch their state ball club compete.


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