Each year, during the second week of June, Little League® International celebrates National Little League Week with the annual Little League Baseball® World Series (LLBWS) Luncheon. This year’s luncheon, held on June 13, featured Harry “Rusty” Sechler of the 1969 Newberry (Pa.) Little League team, and current Newberry Little Leaguers, Emerson Beagle and Braize Lambert, who assisted with the first-round pairings for the 2019 LLBWS in celebration of their 50th reunion playing in the LLBWS.
Full First-Round LLBWS Pairings:
- Game One (8/15 at 1 p.m.): Caribbean Region vs. Australia Region
- Game Two (8/15 at 3 p.m.): New England Region vs. Southeast Region
- Game Three (8/15 at 5 p.m.): Asia-Pacific Region vs. Latin America Region
- Game Four (8/15 at 7 p.m.): Midwest Region vs. Great Lakes Region
- Game Five (8/16 at 2 p.m.): Europe and Africa Region vs. Japan Region
- Game Six (8/16 at 4 p.m.): West Region vs. Southwest Region
- Game Seven (8/16 at 6 p.m.): Mexico Region vs. Canada Region
- Game Eight (8/16 at 8 p.m.): Northwest Region vs. Mid-Atlantic Region
Note: Home and away designation will be chosen by a coin flip on Tuesday, August 13.
In addition to the first-round pairing announcements, the official Team Host pairings for the 2019 LLBWS were announced following a random drawing held prior to the luncheon on Wednesday, June 12. Throughout the course of the LLBWS, all 16 participating teams are paired up with a set of two or three dedicated team hosts who volunteer their time to ensure their team has everything they need during their time in Williamsport. From handling media requests and organizing activities to ensuring the team is on time for practice, games, and other events, the team hosts play a pivotal role for each of the team’s during their stay.
Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly joined in the event’s festivities on Thursday and former Chicago Cubs pitcher, Steve Trout, as well, both sharing a few remarks to celebrate the 2019 MLB Little League Classic, which will take place on Sunday, August 18, between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Major Leaguers on both teams will open the day at the Little League International Complex where they will interact with members from each of the 16 LLBWS teams and attend some of the day’s games before going across town to Historic Bowman Field to participate in the MLB Little League Classic, airing nationally that evening on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” and ESPN Radio at 7:00 p.m. (ET).
This year’s LLBWS will also once again feature the Little League Baseball World Series Challenger Exhibition Game, as teams from Massachusetts District 12 Challenger Little League and Peterborough (Ontario) Challenger Baseball League will take the field. The 2019 Exhibition Game will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Volunteer Stadium, and air live on Northeastern Pennsylvania’s and the Central Susquehanna Valley’s PBS Station, WVIA.
With the LLBWS Luncheon concluded, the Road to Williamsport is officially underway as eight teams from around the world and eight teams from the United States compete for a chance to represent their region over the next eight weeks. The first of those 16 spots was officially filled earlier in the week as Cronulla Little League from Syndey, New South Wales, won the Little League Baseball Australia Region Championship to earn a trip back to Williamsport after an appearance in 2015. To learn more about all the Region Tournament dates and locations for the LLBWS, visit LittleLeague.org.
All 32 games of the 73rd Little League Baseball World Series will be televised by the ESPN Family of Networks or ABC – starting with the first game between the Caribbean Region and Australia Region on Thursday, August 15 at 1 p.m. on ESPN, and concluding with the Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game on Sunday, August 25 at 3 p.m. on ABC.
For the third-straight year, the Little League Baseball Canada Region Tournament will once again see coverage of round-robin games, both semifinal games, and the championship final, courtesy of CBC Sports. All coverage is subject to change.
Highlights from all of this year’s televised games will be available at LittleLeague.org/Videos, along with video features, historic moments, and more.
WRAK (1200 AM/1400 AM/94.9 FM) in Williamsport will broadcast all games of the 2019 Little League Baseball World Series. WRAK is the flagship station for the English-speaking radio broadcasts of the World Series. The station has broadcast the World Series every year since its inception in 1947.
For all updates on the Little League World Series tournaments and events, go to LittleLeague.org/WorldSeries, follow @LittleLeague on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and join in on the conversation by using #LLWS.
For more information on the 2019 Little League Baseball World Series, including information on how to make your trip to Williamsport as enjoyable as possible, visit LittleLeague.org/WorldSeries.