The Great Lakes team of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and the Southeast team from Northwood, South Carolina, compete at Lamade Stadium, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, during the ESPN-televised Little League World Series this month. Photograph: Alex Trautwig/Getty Images.

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