On August 7, the first round of the Little League Softball World Series got off to a roaring start in Portland Oregon. The first four games pitted Central vs. Oregon District 4, East vs. Canada, Asia Pacific vs. West and Europe-Africa vs. West in heated, yet friendly competition at the top level of U14 fastpitch softball. Friday saw the second group of first round games, with the Southeast and Southwest teams playing their first games against Oregon District 4 and Canada, respectively. Check below for a full list of teams representing each region.
As we discussed last week on the blog, the Little League Softball World Series really gets us excited about the sport of fastpitch softball and its future at both a national and international level. This tournament has gone from being only known to fastpitch athletes and their families, to national television coverage on ESPN3 in what seemed like the blink of an eye. We hope this is a trend at every level of the sport, from youth leagues like this one and the U16 World Series, which just concluded in Pittsfield, MA, to the peak of competition at the World Cup and hopefully the return of softball to the Olympics. If you’re involved in fastpitch softball (especially if you’re still in high school) the future of the sport is something to be really excited about.
One more thing to be excited about are these teams themselves. We told you last week that if a team from Georgia, Arizona or New Mexico qualified for the tournament, to keep a close eye on them. Well, Pioneer Little League from Columbus, Georgia did just that, taking two wins from undefeated Virginia in Warner Robins, GA (home of the 2009 and 2010 World Series Champions) to advance to the Little League Softball World Series. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the Columbus, GA team representing the Southeast as they continue to play some quality fastpitch at the top level for their age group.
We wish all of the Little League Softball World Series teams the best of luck this year and can’t wait to see what the international teams deliver. It will be an exciting tournament and we feel privileged that it’s right in our own backyard, here in Oregon. Good luck out there girls. Play hard and have fun!
ASIA PACIFIC: Iloilo Little League – Iloilo Province, Philippines
CANADA: Hampton Little League, Victoria, British Columbia
CENTRAL: Tallmadge Little League, Tallmadge, Ohio
DISTRICT 4: Tualatin City Little League, Tualatin, Oregon
EAST: Robbinsville Little League, Robbinsville, New Jersey
EUROPE/AFRICA: Prague Little League, Prague, Czech Republic
LATIN AMERICA: Asofem Little League, Maunabo, Puerto Rico<
SOUTHEAST: Pioneer Little League, Columbus, Georgia
SOUTHWEST: Bossier Little League, Bossier City, Louisiana.