A Perfect Run
The young kids from Endwell, New York, had a storybook ending to an undefeated season with a Little League World Series championship at Lamade Stadium last weekend.
Each year, talented baseball youth from all over the world descend on Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for a competition among the elite. Here, kids are introduced to international cultures and unfamiliar languages as they compete for a title. I was embedded with the Endwell team to document their run.
The kids here are celebrities of another kind, balancing interviews, videos, portraits and more during the toughest competition they’ve faced in their young careers. Endwell, as well as all the teams fortunate to compete, handled the burgeoning attention with professionalism.
Endwell’s streak at Lamade kicked off against Warwick, Rhode Island. Bang: 7–2 out of the gate. Win. Next up, Goodlettsville, Tennessee. 3–1. Win. Bowling Green, Kentucky jumped to an early lead in the third game. No matter, 13–10. Win. Then the final opponent: Seoul. For the champsionship. Win.
An undefeated tournament. An undefeated season.
All images © Jared Wickerham/The Players’ Tribune
Jared Wickerham is a sports, editorial news and commercial freelance photographer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jared has covered most major news and sporting events in the New England area for the last few years including the World Series, Super Bowl, and Sochi Winter Olympics.