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2018 Little League® Intermediate World Series
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Finals:  Korea (Asia-Pacific) @ Livermore (Host)
Korea (Asia-Pacific) wins 10-0 to become the World Champions
Livermore was the only team to take them past 5 innings in the World Series, going all 7.
Congratulations to Livermore Baseball for a wonderful season and World Series.
 

Contents:

On Other Pages

Photos are available on the Photo Site
Go to the World Series Photo site
Full Res photos available for download there for free

Other Livermore and Tri-Valley photos
can be found here (same site, top page)
.


Little League Links:
Little League Home
World Series Page (covers all 7)

Past World Series Results

Intermediate WS Specific Links
Regional Playoff Result
Gamechanger Box Scores, etc.
Official LLIWS website
Portrait Photos Site

 

 

 

Introduction

World Series Introduction

Schedule and Results


Teams and their schedules


Chronological Game Schedule


Game Bracket Chart

Home Runs

Umpires for 2018

Intermediate Division &
World Series Info

Intermediate Division Basics

World Series Details and Stats

Fan Guide

Max Baer 1 Field Information

Maps / Park layout


Park Layout


Map to Field / Opening Ceremonies

Photos

About World Series Photos - Download for Free

Go directly to the LLIWS Photo Site

Links

The Seven Little League World Series

Other Links


Livermore Baseball is in the Finals

7th Flagpole has been installed

New Shade cloths being installed over the bleachers

click for more photos

New Lights installed on MB1
See Photos here


Livermore Baseball
(combined Granada and Livermore Little Leagues)

qualifies for the Host (District 57)
spot in the World Series!

See Game Photos Here
 

Introduction

The Little League® Intermediate World Series is the most exciting of the 7 World Series to watch.
It was held at Max Baer Park in Livermore California from July 29 to August 5, 2018.
This is the sixth year of the Intermediate World Series.
In 2018 the Intermediate World Series features 6 US teams (one District 57 and 5 regional champions) and 6 International regional champion teams (Australia is added this year).  Starting in 2018, Puerto Rico and Mexico will alternate years in having a direct spot in the World Series, with the other country playing in the Latin America pool.  2018 has Puerto Rico with a direct spot.  Mexico represented Latin America for the first time after winning the playoff.
There were 24 total games played 2018 (including the Challenger game).

Note: This page is provided by eLivermore.com.  This is NOT the official website for the World Series.  Click here for the official website.

Regional Playoff Results

The Intermediate Division consists of ages 11 to 13, but will mostly be 13 year olds.
This is the first year (due to a change in the League Age cutoff dates) in which NO player will have turned 14 by the time of the games.
The division is also knows as "50/70" as the distance from the pitching rubber to the plate is 50 feet, and the distance between the bases is 70 feet.
Rules are very similar to the Jr. 80s Division (80 feet between bases) in that playing off and stealing bases are allowed.

This is one of 4 Little League Baseball World Series and 3 Little League Girl's Softball World Series.  Note that the more well known Little League® World Series is the "Majors" (up through 12 year olds) world series held in Williamsport, PA in late August.

Temperature and wind speed from the
Max Baer Park Weather Station
Housed above the MB1 press box.

Weather Forecast for 2018: 
Highs in low 90s.  Lows in high 50s to low 60s. 
Perfect Baseball Weather.

 

All of the small photos on this webpage can be found here in the "close plays" from 2017 album.

Portrait photos taken at the hotel on Friday and Saturday can be found here on the AP Visions site.

 


Teams
Links on the game numbers go to game photos
Team schedules are dependent on each game's results.  A team's next game is not known until the current game completes.  See the Bracket below.

United States
Region Team Record Home
Runs
Day 1
Sun 7/29
Day 2
Mon 7/30
Day 3
Tues 7/31
Day 4
Wed 8/1
Day 5
Thurs 8/2
  Day 7
Sat 8/4
Day 8
Sun 8/5
East Commack North LL
Commack, NY
1-2 0   6:00pm
vs. Southwest
Game 8
L 0-19
3:00pm
vs. Central
Game 11
L 3-9
  9:00am
vs. Australia
Game 17
W 12-1
     
CA 57
(host)
Livermore Baseball
Livermore/Granada LL
4-2 1 6:00pm
vs. Southwest
Game 4
L 0-4
  6:00pm
vs. West
Game 12
W 7-2
12:00pm
vs. Central
Game 14
W 11-5
6:00pm
vs. Southwest
Game 20
W 13-5
  5:00pm
vs. Southeast
Game 22
W 5-1
6:00pm
vs. Asia-Pacific
Game 23
L 0-10  7 full innings
West Scripps Ranch LL
San Diago
2-2 0 3:00pm
vs. Central
Game 3
W 7-0
3:00pm
vs. Southeast
Game 7
L 1-5
6:00pm
vs. CA57
Game 12
L 2-7
  9:00am
vs. Europe-Africa
Game 18
W 13-2
     
Central Ankeny National LL
Ankeny, Iowa
1-2 0 3:00pm
vs. West
Game 3
L 0-8
  3:00pm
vs. East
Game 11
W 9-3
12:00pm
vs. CA57
Game 14
L 5-11
       
Southeast West Boynton Beach LL
Boynton Beach, FL
2-1 0 3:00pm
vs. West
Game 7
W 5-1
6:00pm
vs. Southwest
Game 16
W 10-9, 8 inn
5:00pm
vs. CA57 (Lvr)
Game 22
L 1-5
 
Southwest

Mid-City LL
Midland, TX

2-2 0 6:00pm
vs. CA57
Game 4
W 4-0
6:00pm
vs. East
Game 8
W 19-0
  6:00pm
vs. Southeast
Game 16
L 9-10, 8 inn
6:00pm
vs. CA57
Game 20
L 5-13
     


International

Region Team Record Home
Runs
Day 1
Sun 7/29
Day 2
Mon 7/30
Day 3
Tues 7/31
Day 4
Wed 8/1
Day 5
Thurs 8/2
  Day 7
Sat 8/4
Day 8
Sun 8/5
Puerto
Rico
Guayama Little League
Puerto Rico
3-2 0   9:00am
vs. Latin America
Game 5
L 1-2
12:00pm
vs. Australia
Game 10
W 11-0
9:00am
vs. Canada
Game 13
W 8-1
3:00pm
vs. Latin America
Game 19
W 2-1
  1:00pm
vs. Asia-Pacific
Game 21
L 3-14
 
Canada Coquitlam/Whalley LL
Coquitlam/Surrey BC
1-2 0   12:00pm
vs. Asia-Pacific
Game 6
L 0-23
9:00am
vs. Europe-Africa
Game 9
W 5-4
9:00am
vs. Puerto Rico
Game 13
L 1-8
       
Asia-
Pacific
South Korea
West Seoul Little League
5-0 0 12:00pm
vs. Australia
Game 2
W 19-0
12:00pm
vs. Canada
Game 6
W 23-0
  3:00pm
vs. Latin America
Game 15
W 13-2
    1:00pm
vs. Puerto Rico
Game 21
W 14-3
6:00pm
vs. CA57 (Livermore)
Game 23
W 10-0  7 full innings
Latin
America
Guadalupe Treviño Kelly LL
Reynosa, Mexico
2-2 0 9:00am
vs. Europe-Africa
Game 1
W 8-1
9:00am
vs. Puerto Rico
Game 5
W 2-1
  3:00pm
vs. Asia-Pacific
Game 15
L 2-13
3:00pm
vs. Puerto Rico
Game 19
L 1-2
     
Europe-
Africa
West to South Moravia
Brno, Czech Republic
0-3 0 9:00am
vs. Latin America
Game 1
L 1-8
  9:00am
vs. Canada
Game 9
L 4-5
  1200am
vs. West
Game 18
L 2-13
     
Australia Perth Northern Metros
Perth
0-3 0 12:00pm
vs. Asia-Pacific
Game 2
L 0-19
  12:00pm
vs. Puerto Rico
Game 10
L 0-11
  9:00am
vs. East
Game 17
L 1-12
     

All teams play a minimum of 3 games.  In some cases the 3rd game is a "Goodwill" game.
It is possible for a team to play all 7 days, but it has not happened yet.  So far 5 teams have played 6 of the 7 days, with the Host team doing it this year.  They played all but the 2nd day.
No team is scheduled to play more than one game per day.
Results of the Regional Championships

     

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Chronological Game Schedule
The Home Team is determined by a coin toss prior to the game.
Gamechanger Box Scores

Game Score &
Photo
Link
Teams Date/Time First
Pitch
Time
Last
Play
Time
Length
h:mm
Actual
Innings
Box
Score
Link
Game Type
-  

Opening Ceremonies

Sat, July 28, 4:00pm            
 
1 1-8 Europe-Africa @ Latin America Sun, July 29, 9:00am 9:09am 11:06am 1:57 6.5 1

International Opening Round

2 19-0 Asia Pacific @ Australia Sun, July 29, 12:00pm 12:13pm 1:40pm 1:27 4 2

International Opening Round

3 7-0 West @ Central Sun, July 29, 3:00pm 3:03pm 4:54pm 1:51 7 3

US Opening Round

4 0-4 CA57 (Livermore) @ Southwest Sun, July 29, 6:00pm 6:02pm 7:58pm 1:56 6.5 4

US Opening Round

 
5 2-1 Latin America @ Puerto-Rico Mon, July 30, 9:00am 9:05am 11:08am 2:03 7 5

International Winners Bracket Game

6 23-1 Asia-Pacific @ Canada Mon, July 30, 12:00pm 12:11pm 1:36pm 1:25 4 6

International Winners Bracket Game

7 5-1 West @ Southeast Mon, July 30, 3:00pm 3:02pm 4:46pm 1:44 6.5 7

US Winners Bracket Game

8 19-0 Southwest @ East Mon, July 30, 6:00pm 6:03pm 7:59pm 1:56 5 8

US Winners Bracket Game

 
9 4-5 Europe-Africa @ Canada Tues, July 31, 9:00am 9:04am 11:10am 2:06 6.9 9

International Elimination Game

10 11-0 Puerto-Rico @ Australia Tues, July 31, 12:00pm 12:16pm 1:58pm 1:42 5 10

International Elimination Game

11 9-3 Central @ East Tues, July 31, 3:00pm 3:03pm 5:08pm 2:05 7 11

US Elimination Game

12 2-7 West @ CA57 (Livermore) Tues, July 31, 6:00pm 6:14pm 8:25pm 2:11 6.5 12

US Elimination Game

 
13 8-1 Puerto-Rico @ Canada Wed, Aug 1, 9:00am 9:04am 11:14am 2:09 7 13

International Elimination Game

14 11-5 CA57 @ Central Wed, Aug 1, 12:00pm 12:12pm 1:56pm 1:44 7 14

US Elimination Game

15 13-2 Asia-Pacific @ Latin America Wed, Aug 1, 3:00pm 3:06pm 5:24pm 2:16 5 15

International Winners Bracket Game

16 9-10 Southwest @ Southeast Wed, Aug 1, 6:00pm 6:30pm 9:00pm 2:30 7.9 16

US Winners Bracket Game

 
17 12-1 East @ Australia Thurs, Aug 2, 9:00am 9:08am 10:41 1:33 5 17

Goodwill Game (both teams are already eliminated)

18 13-2 West @ Europe-Africa Thurs, Aug 2, 12:00pm 12:08pm 1:54pm 1:46 5 18

Goodwill Game (both teams are already eliminated)

19 1-2 Latin America @ Puerto Rico Thurs, Aug 2, 3:00pm 3:15pm 5:34pm 2:19 7.8 19

International Elimination Game

20 13-5 CA57 (Livermore) @ Southwest Thurs, Aug 2, 6:00pm 6:41pm 9:26pm 2:45 7 20

US Elimination Game

 
No Games on Friday, Aug 3.
 
99   Canada Dist 3 vs. CA Dist 45 Sat, Aug 4, 9:30am 9:46am 10:40 0:54 2  

Challenger Game.  The game lasts about an hour

21 14-3 Asia-Pacific @ Puerto Rico Sat, Aug 4, 1:00pm 1:08pm 3:25pm 2:17 5 21

International Final.  Single Elimination.  On ESPN+

22 5-1 CA57 (Lvr) @ Southeast Sat, Aug 4, 5:00pm 5:07pm 6:57pm 1:50 7 22

US Final.  Single Elimination.  On ESPN+

 
23 10-0 Asia-Pacific @ CA57 (Lvr) Sun, Aug 5, 6:00pm 6:08pm 8:49pm 2:41 7 23 World Championship.  Single Game.
Broadcast Live on ESPN2.


Color Key:

International Bracket Game

US Bracket Game

Goodwill or Exhibition Game

World Championship Game

All times are PDT (Pacific Daylight time) which is UTC-7.
ESPN+ is a new subscription streaming service.
First Pitch Time and Last Play Time are taken from the timestamp on my photographs, and are not official..  They are extremely accurate, however.
6.9 innings was 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th when the winning run scored.
7.9 innings was 2 outs in the bottom of the 8th when the winning run scored.
7.8 innings was 1 out in the bottom of the 8th when the winning run scored.
While the final game was 10-0, the 10 run rule was not invoked, as the 10 run lead did not occur until the full 7 innings were played.

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2018 Intermediate World Series Game Chart
 

Note:  The US and International Championship games are single elimination, even though one of the teams enters with 1 loss and other with 0 losses.
There is NOT an "if necessary" game if the team from the elimination bracket wins.  The winner of the Championship games goes on to the finals.

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Home Runs

2018 saw only one home run, likely due to the new bat standards.
There were 22 home runs in 2017.
Links on the player name will take you to a photo gallery for this home run.

HR# Game Player w/Photo link Uniform # Team Comments
1 14 Jason Krakoski 13 CA57 (Livermore)  

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Umpires for 2018

Thank You Umpires!!

Ronald Coleman – Wellsville, N.Y. – East

Jim Hallonquist – Seguin, Texas – Southwest

Juan Serrano-Alvarez – San Juan, Puerto Rico – Latin America

Joe Ouellette – Brewer, Maine – East

Andy Stout – Montgomery, Texas – Southwest

Brian Stehr – Medicine Hat, Alberta – Canada

David Byars – Plant City, Fla. – Southeast

Samuel D. Griffith – Mission Viejo, Calif. – West

Fred Tempels – Winnweiler, Germany – Europe and Africa

Brian Osbourne – Mannington, W.V. – Southeast

Paul Joseph Schneider – Carmichael, Calif. – West

 

Jeremy Kautza – Waunakee, Wisc. – Central

 

 

Jeff Wertz – Goshen, Ind. – Central

 

 

See this page on the Little League website for the Umpire selection process.  Umpires are volunteers.  Starting in 2015, they receive a $400 travel stipend to help offset the costs for them to attend the World Series.  They stay at the same hotel as the players.

There is a Umpire section on the Photos site for the World Series.  It is organized per game.  I take photos of umpires making calls throughout the world series.  These will be posted in the normal photo galleries for each game, then just the photos showing umpires will be copied to the Umpire section.  This might occur slightly later, as there are only so many hours in the day.  See 2017 Umpire section for reference.

See below for more information on the LLIWS umpires.

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Intermediate Division Basics
Note that everything written here is my understanding of the rules, and should not be considered official.

 
Intermediate Division Basics

 

Distance between bases 70 feet  
Distance, Pitchers rubber to the plate 50 feet
Team sizes Typically 13 or 14 players, but can be fewer.  The maximum is 14 players, one manager, and up to 2 coaches.  Some international teams will also have an interpreter.
Innings played 7.  Can be as few as 4 (15 run rule) or 5 (10 run rule).  Each game must have a winner, so extra innings are possible.
Age Group 11-13 year olds.  With the new change in the league age cutoff dates, starting in 2018 no player will be over 13 during the World Series.
Max runs per inning No limit.
Leading off, stealing Leading off and stealing are permitted.
On Deck Batter On-deck batters are allowed.
Substitution &
Minimum Play
Tournament substitution rules are different from the regular season rules.
There is unlimited substitution (a player may go back in after exiting the game).
Tournament play, including the World Series has different substitution rules than the regular season.  The sub is "married to" another player.  The two of them can be freely swapped, but not with anyone else.  The starter may not re-enter the game until the sub has met the required minimum play.  Note that the term "married to" is not in the rule book, but is a common method of referring to it.
If the team has 13 or 14 players, each player must bat at least once.
If the team has 12 or fewer players, each player must play at least 6 consecutive outs in the field, and bat at least once.
A substitute may not be removed from the game until he has met is mandatory play requirements.
Special Pinch Runner One Special Pinch Runner (SPR) may be used by each team each inning, but only 2 per game.  A Special Pinch Runner may run for another player who is on base.  A player may have an SPR run for him only once per game, but the same player may be an SPR in multiple innings.  The pinch runner must not be in the lineup at the time.  A player for whom a special pinch runner is used is not removed from the lineup, and need not have completed his mandatory play requirements when he is run for.
Tournament rules adds the 2 per game limitation that is not in the regular season rules.
Pitch count limits 13 year olds (league age) are limited to 95 pitches.  11-12 year olds (league age) are limited to 85 pitches.  If they reach the limit during a batter, they may finish the batter.
Pitchers must also observe days of rest until they may pitch again based on the following table:
   1-20 pitches thrown:  0 days rest (may pitch the next day)
   21-35 pitches thrown:  1 days rest
   36-50 pitches thrown:  2 days rest
   51-65 pitches thrown:  3 days rest
   66 or more pitches thrown:  4 days rest
If a pitcher reaches a specific limit while facing a batter, he may finish the batter and still be considered to be within the range.
A pitcher removed from the mound may return provided that he has played a different defensive position since pitching (was not removed from the game).  He can return only once.
A player who has played as catcher for 4 or more innings may not pitch that day.
A pitcher may not pitch in 2 games on the same day.
10 Run Rule
and
15 Run Rule
If a team is behind by 10 or more runs after they have batted in the 5th inning the game is over.
If a team achieves a 10 run lead in the bottom of the 5th or 6th inning, the game is over.
If a team achieves a 10 run lead in the top of the 5th, 6th, or 7th inning, the bottom of that inning is played and the game will end at the end of that inning if the lead is still 10 or more runs.

New for 2018: 15 run rule (same as 10 run rule, but for a 15 run lead one inning earlier)
If a team is behind by 15 or more runs after they have batted in the 4th inning the game is over.
If a team achieves a 15 run lead in the bottom of the 4th inning, the game is over (in innings after the 4th, the 10 run rule takes affect).
If a team achieves a 15 run lead in the top of the 4th inning, the bottom of that inning is played and the game will end at the end of that inning if the lead is still 15 or more runs (in innings after the 4th, the 10 run rule takes affect).

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  Intermediate World Series Details
Why the most exciting? The Intermediate World Series is the most exciting of the 7 Little League World Series to watch.  It is the first year that the runners can lead off the bases before the pitch, requiring the pitchers to hold them on.  At 70 feet between bases, it is far easier to steal than in the Junior or Senior World Series which have 90 feet between bases.  Stealing is FAR from automatic, however, at this level of play.  Expect to see runners picked off at 1st, and to be thrown out stealing.
The oldest players are 13, so the kids are still kids.  One year can make quite a difference from the 12 year olds in the Major's World Series, however.  They can hit the ball much further.
 

History The Intermediate World Series started in 2013, and has always been played at Max Baer 1 field in Livermore.
Team Accommodations The teams stay at a hotel, and are bussed to and from the field.  This includes the host team, even though many of them live closer to the field than the hotel is.  This provides them with the full experience.  Teams will remain for the entire time, even after being eliminated.  Teams are encouraged to be at the fields for other's games.
Opening Ceremonies Opening ceremonies will be held in front of the Bankhead Theater on Saturday, July 28 at around 4:00pm.  Each team is introduced, and enter from the 1st street area.  The first three years featured a parade down 1st Street.
Games All games are played on Max Baer 1 field.  Four games per day from Sunday through Thursday.  Friday is an off day.  Teams often do an activity such as attend an A's or Giants game.  This year the A's are home against the Tigers on that Friday.  The Giants are away (they are home up to the first day of play of the world series, and again starting the day after the finals).
Saturday has the US and International Championship games, with the finals on Sunday.
Tournament basics The tournament is set up very much like the Williamsport Tournament but with 6 teams in each bracket rather than 8.
It is a Modified Double Elimination format.
There are separate US and International brackets.
Within the brackets, the tournament is double elimination up to the US and International Championship games.
   Those championship games will feature one team that is undefeated, and one team with one loss.
   A single game decides who goes on to the championship game, so it is possible for a team to be eliminated after only one loss.
The final game is the World Championship between the US and International champions.
This is the only game in competition in which US and International teams play each other.
There are two consolation games which have US vs. International teams, but both teams are already eliminated prior to those games.
Minimum # of games All teams will play a minimum of 3 games. Some team's 3rd game may be a "Goodwill Game", having already been eliminated.
Any team losing their first two games will play a Goodwill Game.  Some teams in the Goodwill Game may have already played 3 games.
The way the brackets are set up, it is POSSIBLE to have no team lose both of their first two games, but that has never happened.
The minimum number of games to win the World Series is 4 or 5, depending on whether the team has a bye in the first round (2 US and 2 International teams)
Maximum # of games It is possible for a team to play all 7 days of play.  This will happen if a team wins on Sunday, loses their second game on Monday, then wins through to get to the final game.  Teams with a Sunday bye could play a maximum of 6 games by losing their first game and winning through to the final game.
Prior to 2018, International teams could play a maximum of 6 games (5 in 2013) due to one less team in that group (2 less in 2013).
In 2015 one team played 6 games in a row, just barely losing the US championship game which would have had them play all 7 days.  The winning team in 2016 played 6 games, after having a bye the first day.  Depth of the pitching staff can become very important.
No team is scheduled to play more than one game per day.  Postponements or suspended games could alter this.  There have been no postponed or suspended games in the Intermediate World Series so far.
Practices, batting cages, and warmups The Saturday before the first games the teams will be practicing on the Granada Little League fields and MB2.  No practices take place on MB1 (the World Series field).  Teams will be assigned warm-up times and fields, and also batting cage times.  There are 4 batting cages.
Before each game each team will have a time slot in the batting cages.  Each team is also permitted 10 minutes of warm-up time on the game field just prior to the game for infield and outfield practice.  In 2017, the Central team did the warm-ups before their 2nd game without using any baseballs.
Umpires 13 Little League umpires from around the world will work the World Series.  2018 is the first year that there will be 13.  All previous years there had been 12 umpires.
This rotation will be adjusted slightly this year, but in years past:
There are 6 umpires on the field at all times, with a plate umpire, one at each base, and one down each baseline.
The umpires are divided into 2 teams of 6.  The two teams alternate games with one doing the odd numbered games and one team doing the even numbered games.
The umpires will rotate positions, with each having a turn at each position.
After 12 games the teams are mixed up to again form 2 teams of 6.
Update: In 2018 things were more complicated.
No umpire was to be on the field from the region of either team playing.
All umpires are generally present at the Challenger game.
All umpires are generally used in the World Championship game.  The plate and base umpires remain constant throughout the game, but the 2 umpires down the base lines are swapped out every few innings.  In 2018, however, only 6 umpires were used in the World Championship game.
Goodwill Games Two Goodwill games are played.  These games assure that every team will play at least 3 games.  Both games pair a US team against an International team. 
These are the ONLY games other than the Championship game to have a US team play an International team.
These games are played under the same rules as the competition games, and have the full teams of 6 umpires participating.
They will be photographed the same as the other games.
Time between Games It normally takes 50 to 60 minutes between games (last play of game until the first pitch of the next game).  During this time the field is prepped, new baselines and batters boxes are chalked (by a dedicated volunteer field crew).  The next game's teams each get 10 minutes on the field for warm-ups.  Before the first pitch, the umpires and players are introduced, and the national anthems are played.  It adds up quickly.  Note that the first pitch and last play time for each game is recorded above.  It is available on the past year's pages back to 2014.  These times are taken from the time stamp on my photographs, so while "unofficial" they are extremely accurate.
TV Coverage The finals are broadcast on ESPN2.  The semi-finals (US and International Championships) are broadcast on ESPN+, which is a a new (April 2018) online subscription service.  All previous games are webcast with small fixed cameras using volunteers.
Closing There are no closing ceremonies.  The World Champion team will celebrate on the field immediately following the game.  Teams leave the day after the championship game unless they have made other arrangements.

 


World Series stats and Information per year
  2013 (Inaugural year) 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
(Preliminary)
Total games 19 plus the Challenger game 21 plus the Challenger Game 21 plus the Challenger Game 21 plus the Challenger Game 21 plus the Challenger Game 23 plus the Challenger Game
Teams 6 US and 4 International 6 US and 5 International 6 US and 5 International 6 US and 5 International 6 US and 5 International 6 US and 6 International (Australia added)
Home Runs 5 10 22 (one inside park) 17 22 1.  Jason Krakoski of Livermore Baseball
Grand Slams 1 1 2 (both in losing efforts) 0 1 (to tie game on last out) 0
Total attendance About 36,145 About 37,485 About 40,430 About 34,595 About 30,085 About 52,000.
Championship Game Attendance 6650 10,000     About 12,000  
Weather Cool, relatively. 88F (31C) was the highest high Hottest so far.  102F (39C) several days.  Low humidity. Cool, relatively.  88F (31C) was the highest high 91F (33C) was the hottest, so quite nice. 101F (38C) midweek.  Humidity came up on Thursday.  Gorgeous mid 80s) on Saturday and Sunday for Championships. Low 90s (32-33C) most of the week.
TV Coverage The Championship game was televised by ESPN2.  See photos of the TV production setup
The same equipment was used as is used for Monday Night Football, etc.
The Championship game was televised by ESPN2. The Championship game was televised by ESPN2. The Championship game was televised by ESPN2. US, International Championships televised on ESPN3.
Final game televised on ESPN2
US, International Championships televised on ESPN+.
Final Championship Game televised on ESPN2.
This was the first time that a remote studio was used.  All camera feeds were sent to a studio in Orlando via satellite link.
Photos All games were photographed by Bill Nale of eLivermore.com
About 6300 total. Over 1300 photos appear on this website.
Bill Nale of eLivermore.com was the official photographer with help from Dick Jones for the 2014 World Series.  See Photos Here Bill Nale of eLivermore.com was an official photographer with help from Dick Jones for the 2015 World Series.  See Photos Here Bill Nale of eLivermore.com was an official photographer with help from Dick Jones for the 2016 World Series.  See Photos Here Bill Nale of eLivermore.com was the official photographer with help from Dick Jones for the 2017 World Series.  See Photos Here Bill Nale of eLivermore.com was the official photographer with help from Dick Jones for the 2018 World Series.  See Photos Here
Field Upgrades prior to World Series Grass infield installed. 2/8/2013
Dirt Mound installed (moveable plywood was previously used)
New two story Press Box installed.  Finished ~7/24/2013
A single small flagpole installed behind the outfield fence.
Yellow plastic pipe put on top of outfield fence.
Photo Boxes built.
New dugouts were built further down the base lines.  6/20/2014
Bark added to outfield area
First year of webcasting.
New scoreboard installed 7/21/2015
World Series sign installed on the back of the pressbox.
New bleachers added on the 3rd base side.
"Babe Ruth" mural had been painted on the back wall of the snack shack.
Six Flagpoles installed beyond the outfield fence to hold the flags of the 6 countries participating.  Prior to this the International flags were on the fences down the 1st and 3rd base lines.
Bleachers installed down the 1st base line.  Electrical building made smaller.
Fence height increased in front of the bleachers.
Additional bark added to beyond the outfield fence.
New Lights were installed on MB1
One additional flag pole was added for the additional team (7/21/2018).
Sun shades were installed for the main bleachers

Links above go to photos

Parade & Opening Ceremonies Parade down First Street to the plaza in front of the Bankhead Theater.  Monday, July 29, at 6:00pm
Opening Ceremonies after the parade at the plaza.
Tom Seaver threw out the first pitch in Game 4.  He had spoken before the game.
Parade down First Street to the plaza in front of the Bankhead Theater.  Monday, July 28, at 6:00pm
Opening Ceremonies after the parade at the plaza.
Granada HS Cheerleaders participated in the parade and opening.
Parade down First Street to the plaza in front of the Bankhead Theater.  Monday, August 1, at 3:00pm
Opening Ceremonies after the parade at the plaza.
Granada HS Cheerleaders participated in the parade and opening.
No Parade.  Field games were provided for the players at the fields Saturday 7/30 from 12:00 to 4:00.
Opening ceremonies at the fields Saturday 7/30.  Began at 4:40.  Granada HS Cheerleaders participated in the opening ceremonies.
No parade, but there was a team by team entrance to the plaza in front of the Bankhead Theater.
Opening ceremonies in front of the Bankhead Theater.  July 29, 4:00pm
No parade, but there was a team by team entrance to the plaza in front of the Bankhead Theater.
Opening ceremonies in front of the Bankhead Theater.  July 28, 4:00pm
Game Days Games played Tuesday to Monday July 30 to Aug 5.  Games every day. Games played Tuesday to Monday July 29 to Aug 4.  Games every day. Games played Sunday to Saturday Aug 2 to 8.  Games every day. Games played Sunday to Sunday July 31 to Aug 7.  No games on Friday Games played Sunday to Sunday July 30 to Aug 6.  No games on Friday Games played Sunday to Sunday July 29 to Aug 5.  No games on Friday.  Teams went to an Oakland A's game on Friday evening.
Championship Game Izumisano LL - Osaka, Japan (Asia-Pacific Region) Wins the World Series 10-1 over
Collier Township/Chartiers Valley LL  - Collier Township, PA (East)
Nogales National LL, Nogales, AZ Wins the World Series 11-4 over
Liga de Beisbol Samaritana LL, San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico
West Seoul LL, Seoul, Korea Wins the World Series 10-5
over Recreation Little League, Wellington, Florida.
Central East Maui LL (West) Wins the World Series 5-1
over West Seoul LL (Asia-Pacific)
Radames Lopez Little League
Guayama, Puerto Rico
Wins the World Series 6-5 over
Freehold, New Jersey

West Seoul Little League,
South Korea
Wins the World Series 10-0
vs. Livermore Baseball (Host)
in a full 7 inning game.

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  What to expect / Fan Guide

 

Seating There are bleachers for about 900 people.  Attendance varies based on the game, but the Championship game had about 6650 people attending.  Bring lawn chairs or blankets for viewing from the outfield.  Outfield viewing has a casual festive atmosphere.  It is where I took most of my photos from in 2013, and provides excellent viewing.  The outfield area in dead center field is blocked off so that the batter and catcher have a neutral background and are not distracted.  
Activities Besides watching great baseball, there are other things to do.  The outfield area of Max Baer 2 often has a lot of people casually watching the game, playing Frisbee, etc.  There are also youth gathering on fields 1 and 2, hitting the ball around.  Often players from World Series teams are joining in.
Restrooms Restrooms are located in the Snack Shack building (green cinder block building with the mural painted on it).  Entrances are on the North side.
Water Fountains There are two water fountains in the park (marked on the Park Layout image below):
  One on the left side of the 1st base dugout of MB1, by the bleachers.  Near the pin booth.
  One by Max Baer 2 field, on the 3rd base side (by the preschool building).  This one is much further away.
Food There will be several food vendors plus the Granada Little League Snack Shack serving a variety of food.
The selections vary each year.
Weather Rain is HIGHLY UNLIKELY.  Rain is very rare in Livermore in the summer.  The rainy season is in the winter.  It doesn't rain in California.  In the summer.
Temperature: Highs are generally in the mid 80s to high 90s, and sometimes over 100F.  Lows are generally in the high 50s to low 60s.
Weather in 2017 was in the high 90s for many games.  The Humidity came up on Thursday.  The Championship games on Saturday and Sunday were Beautiful
   For the evening games, it will cool off considerably by the end of the game.  A jacket is recommended for the later parts of the evening games.
Humidity: low.  It's great.  OK, the humidity was up near the end of the week in 2017.  Not Florida high, but higher than normal for here.
The hills that surround Livermore will be golden brown.  They get that way every year.  Hence the "Golden State".
Photography Photography can be done through the outfield fence with good results.  I took most of my photos from there in 2013 (see photos of the 2013 finals here).  There is a standard chain link fence all the way around the field, which can be a little challenging for photographing, but I had pretty good results in 2013.
Official Photography In 2018 I am once again the official photographer.
My photos of every game will be available for viewing and downloading on this website.  The full resolution photos may be downloaded at no charge.  Prints may be purchased at my cost (what is charged by the photo sharing service I use).  You may also have prints made from downloaded images at your favorite photo printing service.  I am a volunteer, like so many others at this event.
What you may bring
  • Lawn Chairs and Blankets to sit on.
  • Cameras (Still and video).  You may NOT broadcast or webcast audio or video without proper consent of Little League Baseball, however.
  • Sunscreen.  There are some shady areas for fans, but not all of the fan areas are in the shade.
NOT permitted:
  • Dogs are NOT permitted.  However, there is a dog park 60 feet beyond the Left Field fence with a view of the games.
  • Coolers are NOT permitted in the park.
  • Tobacco of any sort is NOT permitted at the World Series (or any Little League games)
  • Alcohol is NOT permitted at the World Series (or any Little League games)
  • Scooters and Bicycles may be used to get to the World Series, but may not be ridden inside the park for safety reasons.
Stealing With the 70 foot bases, stealing is easier than in 80s or 90s.  However, at the higher levels of play, while common, it does not happen as often as you would think.  This is the shortest base distance where stealing is permitted (technically you can steal at younger divisions, but you may not leave the base until the ball reaches the plate).
Home Runs They definitely happen, but it is very much based on the skill of the pitcher vs. the batter.  Many games occur without any home runs, but I have taken many photos of players hitting home runs on this field.  The minimum number of home runs has been 5 in 2013, and the max was 22 in both 2015 and 2017.  There is a dent in the yellow plastic pipe on top of the outfield fence from an "almost" home run.  See photo here.
2018 will likely see a significant decrease in home runs due to the new bat standards.
Foul Balls in the stands Foul balls will definitely go into the stands.  Be alert, as you would be at an MLB game.
Foul balls do NOT have to be returned to the field.  You may keep them.
Never grab the fence with your fingers through.  Foul tips and foul balls travel at a very high rate at this level.

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  Max Baer 1 Specifics
Distance from the plate to the outfield fence About 259 feet.  The signs on the outfield fence say 255, but is is actually a little farther. 
It is very consistent to all areas in fair territory.

Outfield Fence Height About 10 feet.
Fence The field is completely surrounded by a chain link fence about 10 feet high.  It is much higher behind the plate (see photo below).
Home/Away Dugouts The home dugout is on the 3rd base side.  This is the way all fields are used at Granada Little League, and how the scoreboards are set up.  The scoreboards on the majors/minors fields look backwards because of this, with the home team on the left side of the scoreboard.  The dugouts are not ALWAYS used that way, however.
Both the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics have their home dugouts on the 3rd base side.  It is more common for MLB teams to have the home dugout on the 1st base side (18 of 30 teams).
Bull Pens Bull pens are down the 1st and 3rd base lines.
About the field The field is in Max Baer Park, and is part of the Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District (LARPD).  It is used by Granada Little League during the regular season, and is the home field for Livermore Baseball (combined Granada and Livermore Little Leagues) Intermediate team, which is playing in the World Series this year.  All of Granada Little League's fields are at this location.  Fields 1-4, used for minors and majors are adjacent, and are on the school district property.  Max Baer 1 and Max Baer 2 (90s field SW of MB1) are part of LPRPD.
Name of the Park Max Baer Park is named for the boxer Max Baer.  Born in 1909, his family moved to Livermore when he was 15.  He became the Heavyweight Champion of the World in 1934.  His son, Max Baer Jr. is an actor, director, and producer known mainly for playing Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies.  Max Baer Sr. also did some acting.  While in Livermore, he lived in a house that is within the current park, near where the pre-school building is now, by Max Baer 2 field, on Murdell Lane.
Dogs Dogs are NOT permitted.  However, there is a dog park 60 feet beyond the Left Field fence with a view of the games.
Weather Station Visit the Max Baer Park Weather Station, which is on top of the press box.

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Park Layout

The World Series games take place on MB1 (Max Baer Park Field 1)


Image from Google Earth

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Map to Fields / Opening Ceremonies

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World Series Photos

Bill Nale of eLivermore.com is the official photographer of the 2018 Little League Intermediate World Series.

Photos of all games are displayed in albums on eLivermore.com's photo gallery site.  The photos on the photo gallery site are available at full resolution and are suitable for printing and downloading.
Photos from all previous years are still on the site.

Photos may be downloaded at no charge.
Prints may be purchased at the rate set by the photo service.  I do not mark them up.
You can also make prints by downloading the photos and going to your favorite place to have them printed.  This might be a cheaper and faster option.

You may use the photos for your own personal use, including on social media.  Teams may use the photos on their team websites, etc.

I am a volunteer and do not make any income from this event.

To download an individual photo or an entire gallery:
   Go to an individual photo (the "download" selection does not appear within a gallery of thumbnails)
   Click on the "Download" selection above the photo.
   Chose to download just this photo or all photos within the gallery.
      If you choose to download the entire gallery, it will be provided in a ZIP file.  A Gallery can be quite a large file.

To Purchase photos on the Photo Gallery site (http://elivermore.zenfolio.com/lliws):
   Go to a Gallery of photos or an individual photo.
   Click on "Buy" on the upper right side of the page.
   Follow the instructions on purchasing.

   Feel free to have prints made elsewhere by downloading the photos.
   This may be quicker and cheaper.

 

 

  

Go to the Photo Gallery

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The Seven 2018 Little League World Series
There are now 7 World Series associated with Little League® Baseball.
Note that the Big League Baseball and Softball World Series have been discontinued as of 2017.

Name (link to site) 2018 Dates Location Description
Little League Baseball Aug 16-26 South Williamsport, PA "Majors".  10-12 year olds.  60 foot bases, 225 foot outfield fence (GLL Majors fence is at 200 feet).  No playing off (cannot leave base until ball gets to plate)
Intermediate (50/70) Baseball July 29 - Aug 5 Livermore, CA 70 foot bases, 11-13 year olds.  Max Baer fence is at 260 feet.  Playing off is permitted.
Junior League Baseball Aug 12-19 Taylor Mich. 90 foot bases (like MLB) 13 to 14 year olds.  Playing off is permitted.
Senior League Baseball July 28 - Aug 4 Easley SC. 90 foot bases (like MLB) 13 to 16 year olds.  Playing off is permitted.
       
Little League Softball Aug 8-15 Portland Oregon 10-12 year old girls.  60 foot bases. 200 foot outfield fence.
Junior League Softball July 29 - Aug 4 Kirkland Wash 12-14 year old girls.  60 foot bases. 200 foot outfield fence.
Senior League Softball July 30 - Aug 5 Lower Sussex, Del 13-16 year old girls.  60 foot bases. 200 foot outfield fence.

Results of past World Series

Dates for the 2018 World Series' were announced November 10, 2017

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Links

Intermediate World Series Official Page
Little League International
CA District 57

Regional Playoff Results for the Intermediate World Series

Photos Page


First game on the upgraded field in 2013.  Granada has the bases loaded.

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