2014 Little League World Series

The 2014 Little League World Series, held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, started on August 14 and ended on August 24, 2014.[1] Eight teams from the United States, and eight from the rest of the world, competed in the 68th edition of the tournament. This was the first World Series to feature entire rosters of players born in the 21st century. ESPN again broadcast the games. This also marked the 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball. All games took place at Howard J. Lamade Stadium and Little League Volunteer Stadium. Seoul Little League of Seoul, South Korea, defeated Jackie Robinson West Little League of Chicago, Illinois, 8–4 to win the championship. On February 11, 2015, Jackie Robinson West's wins were vacated after it was found that the team used ineligible players from outside the Chicago area. Therefore, all of Jackie Robinson West's results are now officially recorded as 0–6 losses (forfeit). Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas, Nevada, was named the U.S. champion due to the vacating of Jackie Robinson West's wins.

2014 Little League World Series
Little League World Series official logo 2014.png
DatesAugust 14–August 24
Teams participating16
ChampionSouth Korea Seoul Little League
Seoul, South Korea
Runner-upUnited States Nevada Mountain Ridge Little League
Las Vegas, Nevada
← 2013 Little League World Series 2015 →

TeamsEdit

United States International
  Chicago, Illinois
Great Lakes Region
Jackie Robinson West Little League
  Seoul, South Korea
Asia-Pacific and Middle East Region
Seoul Little League
  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mid-Atlantic Region
Taney Little League
  Perth, Western Australia
  Australia Region
Perth Metro North Little League
  Rapid City, South Dakota
Midwest Region
Canyon Lake Little League
  Vancouver, British Columbia
  Canada Region
South Vancouver Little League
  Cumberland, Rhode Island
New England Region
Cumberland American Little League
  Humacao, Puerto Rico
Caribbean Region
Miguel Luzunaris Little League
  Lynnwood, Washington
Northwest Region
Lynnwood Pacific
  Brno, Czech Republic
Europe and Africa Region
South Moravia Little League
  Nashville, Tennessee
Southeast Region
South Nashville Little League
  Tokyo
  Japan Region
Tokyo Kitasuna Little League
  Pearland, Texas
Southwest Region
Pearland East Little League
  Maracaibo, Venezuela
Latin America Region
Coquivacoa Little League
  Las Vegas, Nevada
West Region
Mountain Ridge Little League
  Guadalupe, Nuevo León
  Mexico Region
Linda Vista Little League

Team RostersEdit

International
Asia-Pacific

  Seoul, South Korea

  Australia

  Perth, WA

  Canada

  Vancouver, BC

Caribbean

  Humacao, Puerto Rico

Europe-Africa

  Brno, Czech Republic

  Japan

  Tokyo

Latin America

  Maracaibo, Venezuela

  Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon
Dong Hwan Ahn

Hae Chan Choi

Sang Hoon Han

Jae Yeong Hwang

Jin Woo Jeon

Dong Hyeok Kim

Shane Jaemin Kim

Gyu Heon Kwon

Tae Min Moon

Ji Ho Park

Dong Wan Sin

Chan Oh Min

Jun Hyeok Yun

Etienne Charette

Matthew Coleman

Carter Dowling

Calvin Eissens

Benjamin Hewett

Callum Johnson

Blake Monaghan

Javier Pelkonen

Tarrant Reimers

Nicholas Riley

Callum Schipp

Daniel Stephenson

Zak Taylor

Jordano Vivona

Rod Betonio

Nico Cole

Vicarte Domingo

Madjik Mackenzie

Ryan Mah

Emma March

Evan March

Joshua Matsui

Michael Oyhenart

Joseph Sinclair

Daniel Suarez

Matthew Suarez

Emanuel Alicea

Adrian Colon

Jeremy Colon

Felix Cruz

Erick Figueroa

Edward Gonzalez

Joseph Gonzalez

Oscar Lopez

Peter Marquez

Alvin Martinez

Janiel Perez

Yadiel Santana

Joel Santos

Abimael Torres

Vojtech Blaha

Ondrej Chlubna

Patrik Kadrnozka

Marek Krejcirik

Miroslav Krivanek

Lukas Maly

Tomas Oppelt

Lukas Pacal

Milan Prokop

Martin Regner

Roman Seifer

Viktor Svida

Adam Vavra

Joichiro Fujimatsu

Taro Hashiguchi

Keisuke Hirano

Shozo Kamata

Suguru Kanamori

Yuta Komaba

Ryoma Mitsui

Arata Nishikawa

Takuma Takahashi

Ren Takeuchi

Kengo Tomita

Shingo Tomita

Hayato Ueshima

Hiromu Yokoyama

Andrew Andrade

Jose Luis Atencio

Diomel Bracho

Jorge Cabrera

Asnaldo Caicedo

Jose de la Pena

Andres Escalona

Andres Inciarte

Edgardo Marriaga

Ronny Medina

Alberson Mogollon

Julio Rejon

Greybell Salom

Cesar Leonardo Vivas

Jesus Bernal

Miguel de la Fuente

Alex Garcia

Juan Garza

Encarnacion Gonzalez

Gabriel Heredia

Ruy Martinez

Daniel Quiroz

David Ramirez

Rolando Reyna

Luis Rodriguez

Aldair Tellez

Erick Vela

Abraham Zambrano

  United States
Great Lakes

  Chicago, IL

Mid-Atlantic

  Philadelphia, PA

Midwest

  Rapid City, SD

New England

  Cumberland, RI

Northwest

  Lynnwood, WA

Southeast

  Nashville, TN

Southwest

  Pearland, TX

West

  Las Vegas, NV

Jaheim Benton

Cameron Bufford

D.J. Butler

Brandon Green

Trey Hondras

Joshua Houston

Ed Howard

Marquis Jackson

Pierce Jones

Eddie King

Prentiss Luster

Lawrence Noble

Darion Radcliff

Scott Bandura

Kai Cummings

Carter Davis

Mo'ne Davis

Jahli Hendricks

Erik Lipson

Jack Rice

Joe Richardson

Tai Shanahan

Eli Simon

Zion Spearman

Jared Sprague-Lott

Colton Hartford

Matthew Hegre

Jake Kostenbauer

Mason Litz

Logan Miller

Bridger Nesbit

Dylan Richey

Adam Salter

True Synhorst

Daniel Vigoren

Cooper Voorhees

Blake Weaver

John Belisle

Trey Bourque

Nick Croteau

C.J. Davock

Addison Kopack

Mason Matos

Sean Meers

Tyler Provost

Tyler Shaw

Jayden Struble

Trey Thibeault

Brendan Wright

Read Carr

Robley Corsi

Tygan Duncan

Tyler Durbin

Ben Grant

Nate King

Logan Kruse

Ian Michael

Tai Starchman

Karsen Tjarneberg

Matthew Turcotte

Mason Vaughn

Colton Walsh

Drew Byers

Tyler Finley

Ian Fry

Brian Garcia

Tyler Hammonds

Robert Hassell

Houston High

Garrett Justice

Blake Money

Cade Reynolds

Sam Slaughter

Barrett Smith

Eston Snider

Matthew Adams

Clayton Broeder

Landon Donley

Hunter Dopslauf

Joshua Gabino

Michael Groover

Bryce Laird

Walter Maeker

Jonathan Newman

Layne Roblyer

Brandon Sliwinski

Cole Smajstrla

Presley Smith

Christian Terranova

Alex Barker

Payton Brooks

Dallan Cave

Dominic Clayton

Josiah Cromwick

Zach Hare

Justin Hausner

Brennan Holligan

Dillon Jones

Ausin Kryszczuk

Drew Laspaluto

Andrew Matulich

Brad Stone

Josh Zuehlsdorff

ResultsEdit

The draw to determine the opening round pairings took place on June 11, 2014.[2]

  • Jackie Robinson West Little League subsequently forfeited all wins, including the U.S. Championship. Any of their wins are recorded in the below brackets as a 6–0 loss. The scores of their games, as played during the tournament, were as follows:
Jackie Robinson West Little League
Bracket Round Score Opponent
Winners Round 1 12–2 (F/5) Washington
Winners Round 2 2–13 (F/4) Nevada
Losers Round 3 6–1 Texas
Losers U.S. Semifinal 6–5 Pennsylvania
U.S. Championship 7–5 Nevada
World Championship 4–8 South Korea

United States bracketEdit

 
August 14 – Game 2 Forfeit
 
 
  Illinois0
 
August 17 – Game 14 (F/4)
 
  Washington6
 
  Illinois2
 
August 14 – Game 4 (F/5)
 
  Nevada13
 
  South Dakota2
 
August 20 – Game 24
 
  Nevada12
 
  Nevada8
 
August 15 – Game 6
 
  Pennsylvania1
 
  Pennsylvania4
 
August 17 – Game 16
 
  Tennessee0
 
  Pennsylvania7
 
August 15 – Game 8
 
  Texas6
 
  Texas6
 
 
  Rhode Island4
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
August 23 – U.S. championship Forfeit
 
 
  Nevada6
 
August 16 – Game 10
 
  Illinois0
 
  Washington7
 
August 18 – Game 18
 
  South Dakota5
 
  Washington4
 
 
  Texas11
 
 
August 19 – Game 22 Forfeit
 
 
  Texas6
 
August 16 – Game 12
 
  Illinois0
 
  Tennessee7
 
August 18 – Game 20 Forfeit
 
  Rhode Island8
 
  Rhode Island6
 
 
  Illinois0
 
 
August 21 – Game 26 Forfeit
 
 
  Pennsylvania6
 
 
  Illinois0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

International bracketEdit

 
August 14 – Game 1
 
 
  South Korea10
 
August 17 – Game 13
 
  Czech Republic3
 
  South Korea8
 
August 14 – Game 3 (F/4)
 
  Puerto Rico5
 
  Puerto Rico16
 
August 26 – Game 20
 
  Australia3
 
  South Korea4
 
August 15 – Game 5
 
  Japan2
 
  Mexico4
 
August 17 – Game 15
 
  Canada3
 
  Mexico5
 
August 15 – Game 7
 
  Japan9
 
  Venezuela0
 
 
  Japan1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
August 23 – International championship
 
 
  South Korea12
 
August 16 – Game 9
 
  Japan3
 
  Czech Republic1
 
August 18 – Game 17
 
  Australia10
 
  Mexico6
 
 
  Australia2
 
 
August 19 – Game 21 (F/5)
 
 
  Mexico11
 
August 16 – Game 11 (F/5)
 
  Venezuela1
 
  Canada0
 
August 18 – Game 19
 
  Venezuela10
 
  Venezuela2
 
 
  Puerto Rico1
 
 
August 21 – Game 25 (F/5)
 
 
  Japan12
 
 
  Mexico1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Crossover gamesEdit

Teams that lose their first two games get to play a crossover game against a team from the other side of the bracket that also lost its first two games. These games are labeled Game A and Game B. Their purpose is to provide the teams who are already eliminated with the opportunity to play a third game.

 
Game A
 
  
 
August 18 – Lamade Stadium
 
 
  Czech Republic3
 
 
  South Dakota5
 
 
Game B
 
  
 
August 19 – Lamade Stadium
 
 
  Canada9
 
 
  Tennessee12
 

Consolation gameEdit

The consolation game is played between the loser of the United States championship and the loser of the International championship.

 
Consolation game
 
  
 
August 24 – Lamade Stadium
 
 
  Japan5
 
 
  Nevada0
 

World ChampionshipEdit

 
Little League World Championship
 
  
 
August 24 – Lamade Stadium
 
 
  South Korea8
 
 
  Illinois4
 
2014 Little League World Series Champions
 
Seoul Little League
Seoul, South Korea

Mo'ne DavisEdit

Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis was the first American female to participate in the Little League World Series (LLWS) since 2004 and the first female to pitch a winning LLWS game. The 13-year-old Davis became the first Little Leaguer featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, as well as one of the youngest athletes to appear on the cover.[3]

Jackie Robinson WestEdit

Team Jackie Robinson West was the first all black team to compete in the tournament in several decades. Hailing from the Washington Heights area of Chicago, the team made it all the way to the World Championship before ultimately falling to a team from South Korea.[4]

As the team rose to prominence, Evergreen Park, Illinois, Little League official Chris Janes began to investigate personal information pertaining to players of the Jackie Robinson West team, finding that multiple players on the team lived outside the team's designated boundary region. He later discovered that the team had used a falsified boundary map which covered a wider area than other teams in the region had agreed to.[5] On February 11, 2015, based on Chris Janes' findings, the team's wins and U.S. titles were vacated for its use of ineligible players. The U.S. title was retroactively awarded to Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas. The Great Lakes title was also stripped from Jackie Robinson West, and given to the team they beat in the championship, New Albany, Indiana.[5][6]

Legal actionEdit

In February 2016, parents of the team's members sued Little League Baseball, Janes, ESPN Inc., and ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith. They alleged that Little League Baseball and JRW officials had deliberately obfuscated details about the players' eligibility to "reap the benefits of notoriety and media attention", did not grant due process, that ESPN's Stephen A. Smith made defamatory remarks on its program First Take that "directly accused the JRW parents of perpetrating a fraud against the Little League", and that Janes had violated their right to privacy by using license plates to identify the players' residencies.[4][7] A judge ruled that Smith's comments were a personal opinion protected by the Constitution, and removed both ESPN and Smith from the lawsuit in June 2017.[8] As of April 2018, the remainder of the lawsuit remains pending.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2014 Dates Set for the Nine Little League World Series Tournaments". Littleleague.org. November 18, 2013. Archived from the original on December 6, 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  2. ^ Communications Division (June 11, 2013). "Schedule Set For the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series". Little League. Archived from the original on 2014-07-08. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "Little League World Series star pitcher Mo'ne Davis makes cover of Sports Illustrated". KTRK-TV. Houston. 2014-08-20. Retrieved 2014-08-23.
  4. ^ a b Bonesteel, Matt (February 11, 2016). "Jackie Robinson West parents sue team, Little League, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith". Washington Post. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b Bowean, Lolly (February 11, 2015). "Coach who challenged JRW boundaries: 'It's tough, but the kids will be OK'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Little League strips U.S. title". ESPN. 2015-02-11. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  7. ^ Lee, William (February 12, 2016). "Jackie Robinson West parents file suit against league, ESPN, whistleblower". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  8. ^ Lee, William (June 30, 2017). "ESPN, commentator Stephen Smith dropped from Jackie Robinson West lawsuit". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Hyman, Dan (April 26, 2018). "America's Most Notorious Little League Team is Helping Chicago". Fatherly. Retrieved August 26, 2018.