BASEBALL

Little League changes tournament format to double elimination in opening round

Little League Baseball is tweaking its World Series tournament and will switch from pool play to a double-elimination format in the first round.

Little League President Stephen Keener said Wednesday the change eliminates the need for tiebreakers to determine which squads move on to the quarterfinals.

All teams would still play at least three games, even if they lose their first two. Those teams would play a game against another eliminated team from the opposing bracket, meaning more games between U.S. and international squads.

Sixteen teams qualify for the Little League World Series, eight from the United States and eight from the rest of the world.

PREP SCHOOLS

SOFTBALL: Jenna Maddock’s two-run homer in the ninth inning gave Berwick Academy (2-0) a 5-3 victory over Portsmouth Abbey (1-3) at South Berwick.

Catie Wheeler pitched a one-hitter for the Bulldogs.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE: Kathleen Timmons scored with four seconds left to give Portsmouth Abbey (3-0) a 16-15 win over Berwick Academy (3-1) at South Berwick.

Lindsay Brattan led the Bulldogs with four goals and three assists.