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A Breakdown of the Eight U.S. Cities in This Year’s Little League World Series

Brace yourselves for the following visuals over the next few weeks: Little kids crying (s/o Hank’s “Who’s Back of the Week”), fans breaking down cardboard boxes and sliding down hills, and mic’d up coaches giving life lessons to their players on the mound.

Oh, and who can forget?! A reminder that Todd Frazier of Toms River, NJ starred in the Little League World Series 21 years ago. He even stood next to Derek Jeter before a Yankee game a few days after winning it all!

The 2019 Little League World Series starts on Thursday in Williamsport, PA. Eight teams from the USA and eight international squads will battle it out over the next week and a half with everything on the line. Here on American soil, we’re of course pulling for whoever comes out of the United States bracket. These are the teams and cities representing this year’s tournament:

Great Lakes: Bowling Green, Kentucky (Bowling Green Eastern LL)

Population: 68,401
LLWS Appearances for KY: 11
Miles from Hometown to Williamsport: 715.7
Nugget: Every Corvette in the world has been manufactured in Bowling Green since 1981. This manufacturing facility has produced more than 1 million Corvettes since its startup.

When I think of Bowling Green, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers always come to mind. I’ve always wondered, what is their mascot? Looks like a slimmed-down, red version of Barney with a bigger mouth.

Mid-Atlantic: Elizabeth, New Jersey (Elmora Youth LL)

Population: 130,215
LLWS Appearances for NJ: 23
Miles from Hometown to Williamsport: 188.0
Nugget: At the foot of Elizabeth Avenue, the first British ship was sunk after the Declaration of Independence was signed. Big time move by the Americans.

This is the perfect time to remind you all that Todd Frazier of Toms River, NJ starred in the Little League World Series 21 years ago. He even stood next to Derek Jeter before a Yankee game a few days after winning it all!

Midwest: Coon Rapids, Minnesota (Coon Rapids Andover American LL)

Population: 62,656
LLWS Appearances for MN: 7
Miles from Hometown to Williamsport: 1,045.1
Nugget: The name “Coon Rapids” comes from “Coon Creek Rapids,” a turbulent part of the Upper Mississippi River near the mouth of Coon Creek.

Coon Rapids is also home to the “Bunker Beach Water Park.” Can’t ever say no to a bunch of slides and a wave pool. Unless a little kid shits in said wave pool. Which seems to happen more often than not.

New England: Barrington, Rhode Island (Barrington LL)

Population: 16,572
LLWS Appearances for RI: 13
Miles from Hometown to Williamsport: 374.5
Nugget: This town is an inspiration for the Barrington Country Club in Family Guy.

Not much more needs to be said here. Peter, Stewie, and the fam would be proud if these kids can win the whole thing.

Northwest: Salem, Oregon (Sprague LL)

Population: 173,442
LLWS Appearances for OR: 7
Miles from Hometown to Williamsport: 2,770.4
Nugget: Salem sits in the fertile Willamette Valley, which is known for its wineries. For those who wish to stay off the sheesh, there’s always water: Salem’s water has been recognized as one of the best tasting in the Pacific Northwest.

While we’re on the topic of throwing out water awards, the GOAT is Zephyrhills. IYKYK. Up here in New York, Poland Spring is great as well. Get Dasani and Aquafina out of my face.

Southeast: South Riding, Virginia (Loudoun South American LL)

Population: 30,426
LLWS Appearances for VA: 9
Miles from Hometown to Williamsport: 202.9
Nugget: This is the first Virginia team to make the LLWS since 1994. That’s when the original version of The Lion King was battling Forrest Gump for highest-grossing film.

Southwest: River Ridge, Louisiana (Eastbank LL)

Population: 13,809
LLWS Appearances for LA: 9
Miles from Hometown to Williamsport: 1,227.2
Nugget: Located just outside of New Orleans and adjacent to the Mississippi River, this is the smallest city participating in this year’s tournament.

Since the kiddos can’t take on Bourbon Street just yet, River Ridge has nearby access to a movie theater, laser tag, and a bowling alley. Hopefully they get hooked up if they bring a giant trophy back from Williamsport.

West: Wailuku, Hawaii (Central East Maui LL)

Population: 15,313
LLWS Appearances for HI: 13
Miles from Hometown to Williamsport: 4,745.0
Nugget: Despite being geographically segregated from 48 other states, Hawaii actually has a solid baseball background. Wailuku is the birthplace of Shane Victorino and Kurt Suzuki.

This state is home to the defending champion (although it was Honolulu who won it all in 2018). It’ll be a trek to get to Williamsport, but the adrenaline rush on the players and coaches here should not make this a problem.

It’ll be an action-packed 10 days at the LLWS. Who knows what will happen, but I can guarantee you one thing:

You will be reminded that Todd Frazier of Toms River, NJ starred in the Little League World Series 21 years ago. He even stood next to Derek Jeter before a Yankee game a few days after winning it all!