Two softball World Series will return to Sussex County this weekend.
The 2013 Little League Big League and Senior Softball World Series will be played simultaneously at the Lower Sussex Little League Complex in Roxana, and are scheduled for the week of August 4th-10th.
Each tournament will be comprised of 10 teams, five from USA regions, four from international regions, and a host team from Sussex County. The Senior Tournament features 14-16 year old female athletes, while the Big League tournament has 16-18 year old female players.
Sussex County Little League was awarded the second World Series by Little League International for 2013, becoming the only city/state to host two championships this year. An estimated 400 players, coaches and umpires will be involved in both 2013 World Series events.
The Laurel Little League won the District III title last week by beating Lower Sussex, and will now represent Sussex County in the Senior Softball World series. These games will be played Sunday, August 4th at 3 PM with District III taking on the East team, and Latin America facing the West team at 5:30 PM.
Laurel is scheduled to play Latin America on Thursday evening, in a rematch of last year's tournament action.
Two teams from the Philippines earned their berths in the tournaments. The Philippine Senior Softball team earned their berth in the Senior League tournament by defeating Guam 4-3 in a game played in early July.
Also, in the Big League Softball Regional, the Philippine team defeated Guam by a 13-1 score.
The Little League World Series format starts out with four days of Pool Play, with the top two teams in each Pool advancing to the semi-finals on Friday, according the tournament spokesman Roy Lamberton.
The tournament format is very similar to the Little League World Series played for years in Williamsport, Pa.
A long-time sports tradition will also continue this year, as commemorative pins will be given to players, coaches and volunteers. The pins show a softball diamond with crossed bats, the Henlopen Lighthouse and the corn stalks (from center field) that have become a big part of the World Series. Also featured are the initials "JF" on a softball, remembering Josh Freeman, one of the early supporters of the World Series in Sussex County.
Discover Bank and Nicola Pizza will be "Day Sponsors" of the tournaments this year. "Discover Bank Day" will be Thursday, August 8th, and "Nicola Pizza Day" will be Friday, August 9th, the day of the semi-final games for both Championships.
The World Series is sponsored in part by the Delaware Tourism Office (www.visitdelaware.com) and the Carl M. Freeman Foundation.