Thursday, August 4, 2016

Australian Teams Making Waves in Three Different World Series

Image courtesy of Little League Baseball®
The past few years have seen Australia’s Little League Baseball® program grow into one of the largest in the world. With the 2016 World Series season upon us, teams from all divisions of Australian baseball are showing just how far they’ve come.

Australia will have representatives in three of this year’s five Little League Baseball World Series, with direct entry to the Little League Baseball® World Series and the Junior League Baseball World Series, and, advancing as the Asia-Pacific Region Champion to compete in the Senior League Baseball World Series.

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In Bangor, Maine, Southern Mariners Little League is enjoying a magical run as Asia-Pacific Region Champions and the Senior League Baseball World Series. After losing its first game to the Central Region Champions, the team from Melbourne, has since bounced back with victories over the Southwest Region and Latin America Region Champions. Southern Mariners Little League is currently one win away from the Senior League Baseball World Series Championship game scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6 on ESPN2.

Hills Little League punched its ticket to South Williamsport, Pa. to compete in the Little League Baseball World Series, on Monday, June 13, when it defeated the team from Central Coast, 7-3, in the Australia Region Championship Game held in Lismore, New South Wales. This season marks the fourth consecutive year that the Australia Region has received an automatic berth to the Little League Baseball World Series. Hills Little League will play its first game as Australia Region Champions against the Europe-Africa Region Champions, this year represented by Emilia Little League of Italy. The game is scheduled for Thursday, August 18, at 5 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium. The complete Little League Baseball World Series game schedule is available at LLBWS.org.

The 2016 tournament season also marked the first time that Australia received an automatic berth to Junior League Baseball World Series held in Taylor, Mich. Cronulla Little League – the same league that represented the Australia Region Champions in the 2015 Little League Baseball World Series – won the Australia Region Championship Game over Ryde Little League, 7-4, on Thursday, May 26, in Adelaide. The Junior League Baseball World Series will played Aug. 14-21. All 2016 Region and World Series tournament results are available at LLBWS.org.

As Little League continues to grow throughout Australia, these three local Little League programs are representing Down Under in a big way at the Little League World Series tournaments.