SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - It's impossible not to draw the parallels.
When the Taney Dragons take the field Thursday night at 8:05 in an elimination game of the Little League World Series on ESPN, they will see an opponent in Jackie Robinson West Little League who looks a lot like themselves.
Just as Philadelphia has pulled together to support Center City-based Taney, the city of Chicago has rallied around its Jackie Robinson West Little League. But the similarities go beyond their inner-city roots.
Both teams rallied this week for improbable, come-from-behind victories. Each team has lost only once, to powerful Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas.