The all-star team from the Torrance Little League will resume its quest to be the first team from Los Angeles County to reach the Little League World Series since 1994 when it faces its counterpart from Las Vegas’ Summerlin South Little League in an elimination bracket game Tuesday.
The noon game will be streamed by ESPN+. Attendance at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino is limited to the pass holders from the teams playing and the “Friends and Family” pass holders.
Torrance was limited to two singles in a 1-0 loss Sunday to the all-stars from Arizona’s Queen Creek Little League to open play in the modified double-elimination West Region Tournament.
Summerlin South lost its tournament opener 7-6 Monday night to the all-star team from the Honolulu Little League.
Torrance also lost its opener in the Southern California Divisional Tournament, relegating it to the elimination bracket, then won five games in six days to reach the championship series, where it defeated Eastlake 8-4 and 10-5 after losing to Eastlake, 6-4, to open the tournament.
With the Little League World Series limited to U.S. teams this year because of the coronavirus, each of the top two teams from the eight U.S. regions will advance to the World Series instead of just the champion.
Teams winning at least three games in the West Region Tournament are assured of a berth in the Little League World Series.
The most recent team from Los Angeles County to reach the Little League World Series was the all-star team from the Northridge Little League, which won the U.S. championship with a team including future USC and NFL quarterback Matt Cassel.