One week from this Sunday, the opening day of the Little League Senior Softball World Series will kick off in Roxana. Teams from all over the world will make their way to Sussex County to compete for the title. The tournament, hosted each year by the District III champions, will run from Aug. 3 to Aug. 9. And, this year, the Laurel team, coached by Jeff Evans, will look to keep the international title in Delaware.
Laurel won a bid to the series, beating out last year’s hopefuls representing Seaford. A handful of other competitors have been named, as well, as winners of playoffs around the country and world get set for their performance to hit the field and the radio waves.
Teams from the East, South, Central, West and Southwest regions of the United States will all be taking to the fields at the Pyle Center. Canada, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) also have teams coming into the tournament.
The ASOFEM Little League team of Puerto Rico will look to improve on the performance they had last year that saw them knocked out against the Southwest team. Bacolod West Senior League Girls Softball team from the Philippines will hope to have a strong debut as they fly in, representing the Asia Pacific region.
Earlier this week, the EMEA finals came down to the Brzeg team from Poland and the KMC American — Ramstein AFB team from Germany, although no update on the winner of that battle has been recorded. This weekend, the Turtle Club Little League and the Windsor South Little League will also square off for the Canadian bid to Roxana.
The USA Southwest team from San Antonio, Texas, knocked out the USA Central team from South Bend, Ind., 8-0, to capture the title in 2007. Who will it be this year?
The championship game, set for 4 p.m. on Aug. 9, will be broadcast on ESPN.
Check the Coastal Point for complete coverage of the 2009 Little League Senior Softball World Series.