The 2011 Little League World Series (LLWS) kicked off Thursday morning, opening with an exciting four-game block of baseball action. Teams from the United States and International divisions each claimed two victories throughout the day.
Mexican representative Seguro Social LL defeated Asia-Pacific representative Ching-Tang LL, 3-0, in the tournament's first game at Volunteer Stadium. Starting pitcher Jorge Jacobo led the squad, tossing a 12-strikeout shutout to open the LLWS in style.
Also notable, Japanese representative Hamamatsu Minami LL crushed Caribbean representative Aruba North LL, 12-1, in the day's afternoon matchup. Starting pitcher Yoshiki Suzuki broke the game open for the defending Little League baseball World Series Champions, belting a monstrous grand slam that kicked off a six-run second inning.
Friday's action starts at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT, as MEA representative Arabian American LL takes on Canadian representative Langley LL. All four games will be broadcasted on ESPN or ESPN2, and will be available for live streaming on ESPN.com.