By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR – A week of tight contests and skillful displays from the world’s best 13- and 14-year old baseball teams will come to an end Aug. 21 with the championship game of the 36th annual Junior League World Series.
Heading into the weekend, four teams remained in contention, two each in the U.S. and International brackets. Saturday’s contests featured Kawaihau, Hawaii (U.S. West) vs. the regional champs from Corpus Christi, Texas (U.S. Southwest) for the American title; the International championship was likewise sought by the national champions of Mexico and Asia-Pacific’s representatives from Chinese Taipei – the region which has claimed the last three JLWS titles.
The winners of Saturday’s games will take the field at 1 p.m. Aug. 21 for the championship title, a contest that will be aired on ESPN. All JLWS games were played at Heritage Park, 12111 Pardee Road.
Along with a modified competition structure this year – which introduced a double-elimination bracket in place of the tournament’s previous, round-robin format – the schedule was adjusted following the postponement of games on Wednesday due to rain, although that night’s fireworks show went on as planned. The postponed games joined the Thursday schedule, and the tournament continued through the weekend.
JLWS founder and director Greg Bzura said this year’s series further expanded the international aspect with the addition of a team from Australia: The tournament featured six international brackets along with five U.S. regional representatives.
For information go to www.cityoftaylor.com/worldseries or follow along at www.facebook.com/juniorleagueworldseries.
(James Mitchell can be reached at [email protected])