When the 2022 Pony League World Sequence kicks off on August 12, every part will probably be again to regular.
After the 2019 match was canceled resulting from Covid-19, the 2020 model had solely eight groups.
A full area of 10 groups, together with three worldwide groups, will meet in Washington County subsequent week.
The worldwide groups returning are London, Monterrey, Mexico and New Taipei Metropolis, Taiwan. Additionally entered are Guaynabo; Puerto Rico; Bay County, Michigan; Palm View, Texas; Johnstown; and Washington.
The representatives of the japanese zone and the western zone will probably be decided this weekend. The East Zone match is in Excessive Level, NC, and the West Zone is in West Covina, California.
“We’re excited to be again with 10 groups,” mentioned World Sequence president Nathan Voytek. “It’s accurately. We had been grateful that we might do one thing final yr. It was nonetheless a high quality occasion.
“The worldwide groups make this match distinctive. Usher in Taiwan, you usher in Puerto Rico and Mexico. That makes it completely different from being a baseball match.”
The World Sequence has seen its share of MLB gamers.
The most recent is Pittsburgh Pirates-pitcher Chase De Jong, who performed within the 2008 World Sequence for Lengthy Seaside, California, and was the Easton Sports activities ERA Award-winner.
That is the seventieth World Sequence and the thirty eighth consecutive yr that it has been held at Lew Hays Area. The match started in 1952 however was held at 11 different areas within the nation earlier than returning to Washington.
“The match belongs right here,” mentioned Voytek. “That is the place it began.
“We’re blessed to have quite a few folks throughout the group who’ve been right here nearly from day one, individuals who have been concerned for 20, 30 or 40 years. So there may be information and custom, and people folks need to keep concerned.”
Voytek mentioned the group is consistently different occasions and attempting to enhance.
“The TV and streaming with radio from West Virginia has been wonderful,” Voytek mentioned. “We hope to proceed that and enhance that platform.”
This yr, AT&T SportsNet plans to broadcast six video games stay and three on tape delay. The championship sport on August 17 is stay on the CW.
All video games will probably be streamed stay, because of a partnership with MLB.
Voytek hopes extra video games will probably be broadcast stay sooner or later. The issue is that AT&T has a contract to broadcast the Pirates.
The World Sequence is sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Items and Washington County Tourism.
It kicks off Thursday from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM when Penn West California sponsors a FanFest at Dick’s Sporting Items in Washington.
Homerun and fastest-runner competitions will probably be held on August 12 at 11 a.m. The opening ceremony will begin at 5:30 PM, adopted by two video games.
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