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Two key rained-out games scheduled for Thursday will be made up today at the 37th annual Junior League Baseball World Series at Taylor’s Heritage Park.
Only five games remain in the international tournament for the best teams of 13- and 14-year-old ballplayers from around the globe. Six teams are still in contention for the world championship. Winners advance; losing teams head for the consolation round.
4 PM Maracaibo, Venezuela (Latin America champions) vs. Sydney, Australia
7 PM Rutherford County, North Carolina (USA Southeast) vs. Encinitas, California (USA West)
3 PM International Championship Game: Taoyuan City, Chinese Taipei (Asia-Pacific champion) vs. Venezuela or Australia
6 PM USA Championship Game: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania (USA East) vs. North Carolina or California
Noon World Championship Game: International Champion vs. USA Champion
All games are played on World Series Field at Heritage Park, 12111 Pardee Road. Admission is $5 per carload per day. Parking is free. All seating is general admission.
The final game will be broadcast live on ESPN2. All other games can be viewed on the JLWS’ popular streaming video system with play by play on the website www.ustream.tv/channel/jlws.
The Junior League Baseball World Series is for the best teams of 13- and 14-year-old players from around the globe. Each team must win a national and/or regional tournament to earn the right to play in Taylor, where the series has been played since its inception in 1981. Games are hosted by the Taylor South Little League.
The JLWS is the “older brother” to the more famous Little League World Series, an event for 12-year-olds played annually in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The defending Junior League world champions from Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei, are seeking their nation’s fifth straight title in Taylor.
The international tournament has been played in a “modified double-elimination” format with USA and International pools. Once a team loses twice, it is out of contention. When the World Series is down to the final four teams, it becomes a single-elimination event. Consolation games are scheduled throughout the week.
Here are the teams’ records in pool play.
East Champion Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 2-0
West Champion Encinitas, California 1-0
Southeast Champion Rutherford County, North Carolina 1-1
Southwest Champion Abilene, Texas 1-2
Central Champion South Saginaw, Michigan 0-2
Asia-Pacific Champion Taoyuan City, Chinese Taipei 3-0
National Champion Sydney, Australia 2-1
Latin America Champion Maracaibo, Venezuela 1-1
Europe/Africa Champion Brno Czech Republic 1-2
National Champion Yabucoa, Puerto Rico 1-2
National Champion Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 0-2
For more information about the World Series, visit the website www.cityoftaylor.com/worldseries. The World Series has an active Facebook page, www.facebook.com/juniorleagueworldseries. Also, follow the series on Instagram @jlws_taylor.