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New England Defeats Japan To Win First-Ever Little League Baseball® World Series Virtual Home Run Derby Tournament

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New England Defeats Japan To Win First-Ever Little League Baseball® World Series Virtual Home Run Derby Tournament

12-year-old Aiden Wilkins from Coventry, RI claims tournament title;

Special highlight recap show to air Sunday on ESPN and the ESPN app at 4:30 p.m. (ET)

PR Newswire

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., Aug. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Little League players representing each of the 16 International and U.S. teams participating in the 2018 Little League Baseball® World Series competed in a special Home Run Derby VR (virtual reality) video game championship tournament, hosted by Major League Baseball in partnership with Little League® International and ESPN. Aiden Wilkins, representing the New England region from Coventry, RI, defeated Japan's Yuta Shimizu in an exciting back-and-forth final round to win The Home Run Derby VR Little League Challenge presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods.

Wilkins, Shimizu and the other 14 tournament competitors will be featured in a 30-minute special highlight recap show, airing on ESPN and the ESPN app on Sunday, August 19, at 4:30 p.m. (ET).

The players competed in a four-round bracket-style tournament, using an All-Star multiplayer edition of the award-winning VR game set in a custom built hi-res visualization of Nationals Park.

A complete list of the players representing the 16 teams is below (region; location incuded):

United States

International

Ryan Henderson (Great Lakes; Grosse Pointe Woods, MI)     

Ji Hyung Choi (Asia-Pacific; Seoul, South Korea)

Jansen Kenty (Southeast; Peachtree City, GA)

Toni Cortes (Europe & Africa; Barcelona, Spain)

George Kugle (Southwest; Houston, TX)

Yadiel Delgado (Caribbean; Guayama, Puerto Rico)

Braeden Newby (Northwest; Coeur d'Alene, ID) 

Fynn Komulainen (Australia; Gold Coast, Queensland)

Hunter Nishina (West; Honolulu, HI)

Angel Martinez (Mexico; Matamoros, Tamaulipas)

Frank Scerra (Mid-Atlantic; Staten Island, NY) 

Colten Myers (Canada; Surrey, British Columbia)

Brody Watson (Midwest; Des Moines, IA)

Yuta Shimizu (Japan; Kawaguchi, Japan)

Aiden Wilkins (New England; Coventry, RI)

Brian Villarreal (Latin America; Arraijan, Panama)

The entire championship tournament aired live on ESPN3 and in the ESPN app, hosted by MLB Network's Alexa Datt and popular gamers and content creators RealShelfy and Fuzzy.

HOME RUN DERBY VR OPEN TO THE PUBLIC IN WILLIAMSPORT
Beginning tomorrow, fans of all ages attending the Little League Baseball World Series will have the opportunity to step into the virtual batter's box at Nationals Park. The same Home Run Derby VR video experience used today during the Home Run Derby VR Little League Challenge presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods will be open to the public during the open hours of PLAY BALL Park and the DICK'S Sporting Goods activation within the Family Fun Zone from August 16-23.

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