Softball stars descending on Roxana

Coastal Point • File Photo: A runner slides into first base during last year’s World Series event in Roxana.Coastal Point • File Photo: A runner slides into first base during last year’s World Series event in Roxana.A runner slides into first base during last year’s World Series event in Roxana.The eyes of the softball world will soon be on Roxana, and Roxana is ready.

For the 14th consecutive summer, Delaware District III is hosting the Senior League Softball World Series at the Pyle Center, beginning on Monday, July 31, and culminating in a world championship game on Sunday, Aug. 6.

“We’re ready for it,” said Martin Donovan, the tournament director, before pausing for a laugh. “Well, we’re still working on a few things. There’s always something new.”

Opening ceremonies will take place at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 31, breaking the tradition of the event kicking off on Sunday afternoons. The ceremonies will be followed by four games, two taking place at Bruce Layton Field, at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively, and two more at the same time at Connie Mack Field.

There will be 10 teams battling for the title of world champion. Negros Occidental, from the Philippines, will be representing Asia-Pacific; ASOFEM Little League, from Manaubo, Puerto Rico, will play for Latin America; Canada will be represented by Beacon Hill Little League of Victoria, British Columbia; and Rotterdam, from The Hague District, will play for Europe-Africa.

Donovan said Georgetown will represent District III (the host district receives an automatic bid), and tournaments were still in play this week for the other five United States regions. The final two teams standing will compete for the title at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6.

With the games being pushed back to Monday this year, there will be some teams forced to play double-headers throughout the week. Those teams, according to Donovan, will have a day off in the week to make up for the added work.

If rain cancels any action one day, Donovan said, some games would be played the next morning, but he added, “No team will be forced to play a triple-header because of that. … We will figure out something.”

Admission and parking at the Senior League Softball World Series is free, and the concession stand will be open during the games. The stand is operated by volunteers, as are the vast majority of operations at the games. Donovan said there are volunteers lined up to serve, but he could always use more.

“If you told me I had 100 volunteers, I would ask for 110,” he said. “We’ve never turned down help before.”

To volunteer, call Donovan at (302) 745-0184.