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Posted on: October 24, 2016

Rain hampers JLWS final weekend

Rain continues to play havoc with the schedule of the 36th annual Junior League Baseball World Series at Taylor’s Heritage Park.
Rain delays totaling more than four hours postponed the USA Championship Game between Hawaii and Texas from Saturday night to 9 a.m. Sunday at the hosting Taylor South Little League senior league field at Heritage Park.
The winner of that game is scheduled to play Taoyuan City, Chinese Taipei, for the world championship at 1 p.m.
The Asia-Pacific champions defeated the Mexican national champions in a 6-2 thriller on Saturday afternoon to earn the International title.
The World Series for the 13- and 14-year-old division of Little League pits the USA champ against the International champ for the world championship. The 1 p.m. game is scheduled to be broadcast live by ESPN.
Admission is $5 per carload, including parking. Heritage Park is located at 12111 Pardee Road.
World Series officials made a decision to postpone the Saturday night game after repeated rain delays made it impossible to play on World Series Field despite all-out efforts by the grounds crew and many other volunteers to make the field playable.
The game between the Padre Little League all-stars from Corpus Christi, Texas, and the Kawaihau Little League all-stars from Kapaa, Hawaii, was finally called before the first inning had been completed.
Since an inning had not been completed, the game was suspended and will start all over again on Sunday morning. Little League rules say that “in the event that the first inning is not completed, the game shall be replayed from the beginning and all records, including pitching, disregarded.”
Meanwhile, the Shing-Ming Junior Little League all-stars from Chinese Taipei will be awaiting the winner. The Asia-Pacific standouts earned the International Championship for Chinese Taipei teams for the fourth straight year. In each of the previous three years, Chinese Taipei went on to the world title as well.
In the International Championship game, Chinese Taipei rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a 2-1 lead by rival Guadalupe Linda Vista Little League from Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
The Mexican national champions opened the scoring in the third inning when Erick Vela singed home Ervey Garcia. In the top of the fourth, they went up 2-0 when Luis Rodriguez singled and scored Daniel Quiroz.
Chinese Taipei cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth when Liu Wei Ting singled and Yu Tent Yao scored on an error in left field to make it 2-1.
In the decisive bottom of the sixth inning, the Asia-Pacific champs tied the game when Liu Wei Ting doubled home Chung Shao Hua. They went up 3-2 when Chen Hsueh Sheng singled home Chen Yi Hsiang. With the bases loaded, Lee Chen Hsun doubled to right field, scoring all three runners.
Mexico was unable to score in the top of the seventh, giving Chinese Taipei its fourth straight win of the 2016 World Series.
Today’s games will bring to a culmination the nine-day international tournament that started with 11 national and/or regional champions from around the globe.
Indeed, the Junior League World Series is the “older brother” of the more famous Little League World Series. While the Little League series is for 12-year-olds, the Junior League series is for 13- and 14-year-olds.
The Junior League World Series is the “older brother” of the more famous Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Little League series is for 12-year-olds. The Junior League series is for 13- and 14-year-olds.
The Junior League World Series was founded in Taylor by Greg Bzura and a group of Little League volunteers in 1981 at the Taylor South Little League – and has remained in Taylor ever since. Bzura remains tournament director, working with hundreds of volunteers.
The JLWS started with four USA teams and has grown to 11. The 2016 World Series had the biggest field of teams in the history of the event. The national champion of Australia was granted an automatic berth for the first time.
There was a major change this year in the “modified double-elimination” format that was mandated by Little League International. Once a team lost two games in the tournament, it was out of contention for the world championship and plays crossover consolation games between USA and International teams the rest of the week.
Once four teams are left, two teams play one game to determine the International and USA champions, followed by the world championship game on Sunday.
Previously eliminated during the week were three American teams – Central regional champion Midland, Michigan; East regional champion Salisbury, Maryland; and USA Southeast champion Taylors, South Carolina – plus Latin America champion Juan Diaz, Panama; Europe/Africa champion Brno, Czech Republic, Australian national champion Sydney, New South Wales; and the Canadian national champion Lethbridge, Alberta.
Heavy rains forced several delays throughout the week and even caused officials to move the first three games on Thursday to the senior field. That caused the two Wednesday night games to be rescheduled to Thursday.
All of the game results and the complete schedule can be found on the World Series website at www.cityoftaylor.com/worldseries. World Series highlights and photos can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/juniorleagueworldseries.
NOTEBOOK
Congratulations to Hawaii’s Jacob Borrero, who won the 2016 JLWS Home Run Derby. Borrero hit four homers in his allotted five attempts – one more than teammate Ricky Rego, who was runner-up. Third place went to Czech Republic’s Ondrej Kalandra, who hit two dingers…
ESPN’s Bob Picozzi and Chris Burke will announce Sunday’s world championship game of the Junior League World Series. Picozzi has been anchoring ESPN Sports Center radio since 1998. He also broadcasts college basketball games. Burke played in the Major Leagues from 2004 to 2009 for Houston, Arizona and San Diego.

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