Little League state championships coming to Taylor

Sixteen champions from around Michigan will converge on Taylor July 20 for a week’s worth of games to determine the state champion of Little League baseball.

The visitors will include about 290 players ages 11 and 12, plus their families, other spectators, Little League officials and umpires. Games will take place at Taylor’s four Little League fields:

  • Taylor Northwest, located at Wick and Westlake.
  • Taylor South, located in Heritage Park, 12111 Pardee Road.
  • Taylor Northeast, located on Wick between Monroe and Mortenview.
  • Taylor North Central, located on Pardee north of Ecorse Road.

The winner of the state championship advances to the regional championship round in Indianapolis, Indiana. The winner in Indiana advances to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Sharon Mayer, administrator of District 5, of which Taylor is a member, said she chose Taylor as the host city because of the popularity of baseball in the community, because of such events as the city’s annual Little League Day Parade and because Taylor is the home of the Junior League World Series – the world championship of the 13- and 14-year-old division.

In addition, last year Governor Jennifer Granholm called Taylor “the Little League capital of Michigan.” Earlier this year, the Detroit Tigers made Taylor one of the stops on their annual winter caravan.

“The city is very active with youth programs,” said Mayer, a Lincoln Park resident who has been involved in Little League for 42 years. “The leagues are always there when District 5 needs them. And the city works well with me.”

In all, 30 games are scheduled. Spectators are admitted free.

Taylor Mayor Cameron G. Priebe said the city looks forward to welcoming the visitors to the community – and to some exciting baseball action.

“As a former Little Leaguer and longtime baseball fan, I think having the state finals in Taylor will be one of the memorable events of the summer,” Priebe said. “As Mayor, I know our residents will be eager to show our Taylor hospitality to visitors from around Michigan.”

Little League State Tournament Schedule

Teams will be determined during 16 district tournaments being held in Michigan

Saturday, July 21
Game 1 at Northwest, 9 a.m.
Game 2 at South, 10 a.m.
Game 3 at Northeast, 11 a.m.
Game 4 at North Central, Noon
Game 5 at Northwest, 11 a.m.
Game 6 at South, Noon
Game 7 at Northeast, 1 p.m.
Game 8 at North Central, 2 p.m.

Sunday, July 22
Game 9 at Northwest, 1 p.m.
Game 10 at South, 10 a.m.
Game 11 at Northeast, 11 a.m.
Game 12 at North Central, Noon
Game 13 at Northwest, 3 p.m.
Game 14 at South, Noon
Game 15 at Northeast, 1 pm.
Game 16 at North Central, 2 p.m.

Monday, July 23
Game 17 at Northwest, 5 p.m.
Game 18 at South, Noon
Game 19 at Northeast, 2 p.m.
Game 20 at North Central, 4 p.m.
Game 21 at Northwest, 7 p.m.
Game 22 at South, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, July 24
Game 23 at Northeast, 2 p.m.
Game 24 at North Central, 4 p.m.
Game 25 at Northwest, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 25
Game 26 at Northeast, 4 p.m.
Game 27 at South, 6 p.m.

Thursday, July 26
Game 28 at North Central, 5 p.m.

Friday, July 27
Game 29 at Northwest, 5 p.m.

Saturday, July 28
Game 30 at Northwest, Noon
Game 31 at Northwest, TBA (If Necessary)