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The games of the 37th annual Junior League Baseball World Series get under way August 13-20 at World Series Field in Taylor’s Heritage Park.
Eleven teams from around the world will compete for the world championship of the 13- and 14-year-old division of Little League Baseball. Teams from Chinese Taipei have won the title in each of the last four years. A team from the Shing-Ming Junior Little League in Taoyuan City will attempt to defend its 2016 championship as the Asia-Pacific representative.
World Series opening ceremonies are scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, August 12. Everyone is invited. Admission is free.
Five American teams arrive as regional champions and will play in the USA Pool. The other six teams play in the International Pool, including the Asia-Pacific champions from Chinese Taipei, the Latin America champions from Venezuela, the Europe/Africa champions from Czech Republic and the national champions of Australia, Puerto Rico and Canada.
Four games are scheduled on opening day, Sunday, August 13. The international tournament will continue through Sunday, August 21, when the world champion will be crowned in an ESPN-televised game starting at 1 p.m.
Opening-day games include USA Central vs. USA Southeast at 11 a.m.; Puerto Rico vs. Canada at 2 p.m.; USA West vs. USA Southwest at 5 p.m.; and Australia vs. Chinese Taipei at 8 p.m. The other three teams – USA East, Venezuela and Czech Republic – have the day off and start play on Monday, August 14. The schedule was created when the teams were selected in a blind draw during a City Council meeting that was broadcast live on local cable television.
This is the second year the JLWS will use a format called “modified double elimination” as mandated by Little League International. Teams play a regular double-elimination schedule to determine the finalists for the International (3 p.m.) and USA (6 p.m.) championship games on Saturday, August 19.
Then, the August 19 winners play in the world championship game at noon Sunday, August 20.
World Series organizers noted that all teams arrive in Taylor as champions, having won national and/or regional tournaments played around the globe.
The cost of admission to the games is $5 per carload per day or $15 for a week’s pass. Both prices include parking. Heritage Park is located at 12111 Pardee Road. A second entrance is on Northline Road at Racho Road.
“We are praying for great weather and hoping for great crowds all week long,” said World Series founder and Director Greg Bzura. “The World Series is a fun family event. It’s inexpensive. It’s a way to be a part of history while welcoming the world to Taylor. You’ll get to see today’s Junior League baseball players who may become superstars some day in the pros.
“Everyone is invited. Please help us spread the word. Tell your friends!”
Those unable to attend the games can watch them via streaming video at the website www.ustream.tv/channel/jlws.
For more information on the Junior League World Series, visit the website www.cityoftaylor.com/worldseries or follow along on the World Series Facebook page, www.facebook.com/juniorleagueworldseries.