Little League prepares for two World Series events

Though the Pyle Center sees plenty of action throughout the spring and early summer, hosting Little League and other games, the lights are about to get a little brighter in Roxana.

For the second consecutive year, the Pyle Center will play host to both the Senior League and Big League World Series for softball, kicking off on Sunday, Aug. 3.

This will actually be the 11th consecutive year that some of the best softball players from across the globe have descended into our little part of Sussex County, as the Lower Sussex Little League and District III have hosted the Senior players since 2004 — the Big League tournament just came to town last year.

The event is expected to bring in more than 300 players and coaches to the community, according to Lower Sussex Little League Vice President Bruce Layton. That means more people visiting our shops and restaurants for World Series week.

And it could mean more than that.

“Think about the teams that come even from the United States that have never seen Bethany Beach and might come back and vacation here,” said Layton.

It’s truly a great experience for this area in numerous ways. Besides the boost to the local economy, it’s also just a great opportunity to go watch young people play softball at a world-class level. Sitting outside on a summer evening with a hot dog in hand and watching fantastic athletes showcase their skills is a pretty nice night for the whole family.

Of course, putting on an event of this size takes a lot of effort. District III and Lower Sussex Little League officials have been working behind the scenes for this event for the better part of the last year. They worry about logistics and planning, and discuss ways to improve the experience for players, coaches and fans alike.

But they need more help in terms of volunteers at the World Series, particularly for the busy opening ceremonies on Sunday, Aug. 3. If you would like to help, call Layton at (302) 841-7961.