Full coverage: Stories, photos and video from the Little League World Series
The Daily Reflector
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Check out The Daily Reflector’s full coverage of Greenville North State at the Little League World Series — including stories, photos and videos — below.
Little League team returns to celebrity welcome, Aug. 29
The mayor waved a yellow towel, the police chief took video on his phone and the sheriff applauded Monday morning when three planes landed at the airport and out burst the members of Greenville’s Little League team.
The North State Little League team members, while not coming back with the World Series championship, nevertheless were treated like celebrities as local dignitaries greeted them at the Pitt-Greenville Airport just before noon. Read more
ANDERS: LLWS is a magical experience, Aug. 29
Anyone who knows me can tell you I’m not really a baseball person.
I never have been. Growing up, I found it boring. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found a little more appreciation for the skill it takes to play it, but I still don’t care for it all that much. It’s just not my cup of tea.
My colleague Ronnie Woodward and I were tasked over the last week and a half with trekking to Williamsport, Pa., to cover North State’s run in the Little League World Series. Read more
Donors prove saving grace for North State, Aug. 28
As impressive as North State’s run to the final weekend of the Little League World Series was, the team’s players weren’t the only ones who stepped up and performed during their quest for a championship.
People from in and around Greenville rallied around and supported the team, and not just by traveling to Williamsport, Pa., to cheer them on. Hundreds of donors have stepped up to help the program with the enormous cost of travel to participate in the LLWS and the tournaments that preceded it. Read more
North State rallies, but falls in consolation, Aug. 27
Greenville North State looked like a team Sunday still reeling from the effects of letting the Little League World Series United States championship slip away the day prior.
The Southeast representative eventually got its motor running, but it came too late to overcome its rough start in what became a 14-8 defeat at the hands of Mexico in the tournament’s consolation game. Read more
Fans see tough loss to end North State's run, Aug. 27
For almost five full innings Saturday, Greenville North State looked like it was cruising to a berth in today's Little League World Series world championship game.
Then, just like that, it was gone.
North State's players watched as Texas stormed back from a five-run deficit and nipped the Greenville squad 6-5 in the United States championship game to relegate North State to a berth in this morning's consolation contest. Read more
North State falls short of US title, Aug. 26
Greenville North State had given up just one run in three games at the Little League World Series entering Saturday.
At the time when the team could afford it the least, the team from Lufkin, Texas, became the first to figure out how to score on it.
The tournament's Southwest champion scored six runs in the final three innings Saturday, erasing a five-run deficit and stunning North State 6-5 to deny the Southeast representative a berth in today's world championship game. Read more
North State, Texas to tangle for US title, Aug. 26
The opponent standing between Greenville North State and the United States Championship at the Little League World Series is the exact same one it had to beat to reach the title game.
The penultimate day of the tournament features Southeast vs. Southwest, Round 2, as North State and the team from Lufkin, Texas, square off at 3:30 p.m. for the U.S. title and a spot in the overall championship game Sunday afternoon. Read more
City sets celebration for North State, Aug. 26
Greenville officials announced Friday the city will hold a recognition ceremony for the North State all star team at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Elm Street Park, 1055 S. Elm St.
The event will celebrate the team’s accomplishments in the Little League World Series regardless of the outcome of the weekend’s games. It will begin with an introduction of the team and feature a variety of special guests, the announcement said. Read more
World Series a family affair for players, Aug. 26
For nearly two weeks, the 13 players on the Greenville North State team playing in the Little League World Series have been making special memories with their families.
Drew Fields is a part of that group, but the memories he is making with his parents are just a bit different. Read more
Greenville playing the Field(s), Aug. 25
Using a left-handed catcher might get a professional baseball manager fired.
Putting a team’s biggest and most powerful hitter in the leadoff spot in the batting order? No chance.
Brian Fields is aware of these kind of unwritten rules in baseball — he played at the collegiate and professional levels in the late-1990s — but he also has bucked these traditions during a undefeated summer as Greenville North State’s coach and the team is set to play in the Little League World Series U.S. championship game Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. It gets a rematch with Texas on Saturday after Texas beat Connecticut 14-4 on Thursday night. Read more
Sliding to Saturday: Greenville wins again, Aug. 24
First a perfect game. Then a no-hitter.
How about a walk-off, extra-inning win?
Greenville North State scored in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday night at the Little League World Series to beat Lufkin, Texas, 2-1, and continue a summer run that has been one of the most fascinating stories of August in eastern North Carolina. Read more
‘Sold out’: Fans loving Greenville team, Aug. 23
Australia was the popular choice among fans during the first few days at the Little League World Series, but since then the U.S. Southeast team from Greenville has stolen the show.
The team’s popularity hit a new mark Tuesday afternoon when some of its T-shirts were sold out at the main gift shop at the World Series complex. At that point, Australia and Greenville were the only teams with sold out items. Read more
Players get new aunts, uncles, Aug. 22
There can never be enough team moms in youth sports.
At the Little League World Series, local “aunts and uncles” serve as extensions of team moms. Part of this is because of intent by Little League International to keep the players away from outside distractions, especially at their on-site living area called The Grove. Read more
Woodward: These kids are best at being kids, Aug. 22
The Grove is a sacred place to the players of the 16 teams at the Little League World Series.
They allow their coaches inside the dorm-style complex on the World Series grounds, but otherwise it is like the world’s most diverse backyard treehouse and a secret password is non-existent. Read more
Havoc on the hill in Williamsport, Aug. 21
J.T. Williams had to be carried to his seat Friday night at Lamade Stadium for the North State game, his foot wrapped and secured as parents in the know about his injury gave him a standing ovation.
“The Hill” got the best of Williams, who is at the Little League World Series to watch his brother Cameron Greenway play for Greenville North State, and Williams is now doing it in a temporary wheelchair because of a tumble on the hill. Read more
Greenville rewriting history, Aug. 21
A lot of the 12- and 13-year-olds at the Little League World Series have outgrown the fields on which they play, making home runs the main attraction during games.
Not against the team from Greenville. Read more
Dancing with Dugout comes easy, Aug. 20
This was no regular middle school dance.
There were no girls, but instead 13 Greenville North State boys and 14 from Sioux Falls, S.D., trying to keep up with a big fuzzy mascot named Dugout front and center at Lamade Stadium with nearly 10,000 people watching. Read more
Emotions hit hard in Williamsport, Aug. 20
Tysheika Daniels is a single mom with five children, so naturally she is a strong woman. She prefers to keep her emotions inside.
When the stresses and hardships of life do get to her, it happens when she is in her car listening to moving music and by herself.
The tears might not come until later for Daniels, who like the other Greenville North State moms is living in the moment and taking a day-to-day approach to being a parent at the Little League World Series. Outfielder Cash Daniels-Moye is Daniels’ only son and he is in his second year with Greenville Little Leagues. Read more
At LLWS, Aussies a popular pick, Aug. 19
It is a mistake to assume that everybody at the Little League World Series who is wearing Australian apparel is from the Land Down Under.
The kids from Hills Little League in Sydney are building a decent following at the LLWS despite their long distance from Pennsylvania. Read more
Perfect start for North State, Aug. 19
Perfect. Perfecto. perfetto. parfait.
In a Little League World Series event mostly characterized by young players of all kinds converging in eastern Pennsylvania for about two weeks, Greenville North State’s pitching trio of Chase Anderson, Matthew Matthijs and Carson Hardee produced a baseball term that is universal to all who know the sport: A perfect game. Read more
Color change for North State, Aug. 18
North State has been here almost a week, and its players and coaches have shed their traditional green and grey colors associated with Greenville Little Leagues for Little League International-issued U.S. “Southeast” gear that is yellow and black.
They also have new gloves, cleats and bats — also provided by Little League International — that they will use tonight in their opening game at the Little League World Series against Sioux Falls, S.D. Read more
Fans, players take in Day 1 sights, Aug. 18
As Greenville North State players were taking batting practice Thursday, fans packed the stands at nearby Volunteer Stadium as teams from Maracaibo, Venezuela, and Reynosa, Mexico, took the field to officially begin the Little League World Series. Read more
Spotlight only increases in Williamsport, Aug. 16
Greenville North State will play at least three games at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., and with that comes ESPN coverage to the fullest extent.
It will probably come up during the national television broadcasts that infielder Carson Hardee nicknamed his glove “Caroline” years ago, and that Matthew Matthijs is a towering figure at 6-foot-1 and 149 pounds. Drew Fields is a smooth left-handed outfielder and the son of head coach Brian Fields, who played college and professional baseball. Read more
Sizing them up, Aug. 15
Matthew Matthijs stands 6-foot-1, which is bigger than some college baseball players. North State teammate Ashton Byars is 5-foot and built more like a conventional Little League player.
They are on opposite ends of the height spectrum for the North State All-Stars, but at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., North State will be playing against teams later this week that have similar rosters with a few “big kids” and others who are closer to Byars’ size. With these boys being age 12 or 13, it is natural for them to hit growth spurts with variance. Read more
Social media plays to popularity, Aug. 12
There was a rain delay in 1998 when Greenville Tar Heel was winning the Little League Southeast Regional championship game in Florida.
For people not on location, getting up-to-date information was difficult because ESPN had gone away from coverage of the game and switched to snooker pool. That was even the case for Greenville Little Leagues commissioner Brian Weingartz. Read more
Celebration at Elm Street, Aug. 11
Fans who have tuned in and followed the North State All-Stars got a chance to reconnect and celebrate with the team on Thursday night at Elm Street Park.
A welcome-home celebration was held for the team, which plays in the 10-12-year-old division and has had a summer to remember. The open practice scheduled for Friday afternoon was cancelled because of rain. Read more
North State headed to Williamsport, Aug. 10
Greenville’s North State All-Stars have had a remarkable summer run, and it will continue in Williamsport, Pa.
The youngsters from Greenville Little Leagues clinched that unique distinction Wednesday afternoon on national television when they beat Peachtree City, Ga., 8-6 in the Southeast Regional championship game on ESPN. Read more
One win from Williamsport, Aug. 8
Young baseball players from Greenville got a chance so many older athletes never even get to experience when they played on national primetime television on ESPN on Monday night.
It was the biggest game yet for the North State 12-year-old All-Stars, and they beat Goodlettsville, Tenn., 4-2 in the Little League Southeast Regional semifinals to continue a historic summer run. Read more
North State wins, on ESPN next, Aug. 7
North State kept on winning on Sunday at the Little League Baseball Southeast Regional in Warner Robbins, Ga., this time even more convincingly.
The Greenville club won its way onto ESPN for Monday night at 7 in the winners’ bracket final after blanking Boynton Beach, Fla., 5-0. North State scored twice in the first inning, twice in the second and once in the sixth to nail down the big victory. Read more
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