The West U Little League Seniors are headed to Senior World Series in Bangor, Maine, after winning the regional tournament Tuesday.
The seniors, who are 15 and 16 years old, defeated the Padre Little League of Corpus Christi by a score of 9-1, with excellent pitching from Joe Gobillot. The regional tournament was held in Seguin, Tx.
“”So, now we leave on Friday and play in the Little League Senior World Series,” said Robby Winston, the incoming president of West U Little League.
This is the Seniors’ fourth trip to the Senior World Series in six years, including winning the championship in 2009. West U celebrated that win with a big homecoming parade.
The games in the Senior World Series are held at Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, Maine.
The WULL Seniors will participate in opening ceremonies on Saturday, and play their first game Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Winston said.
The Championship game will be played on Saturday,
August 16 and will be broadcast on ESPN, Winston said.
“They are very excited. It’s a fun deal — a bunch of 15- and 16-year old boys get to go and stay in a hotel and play in the Little League World Series,” Winston said.
Members of the team are Jared Burch, Harrison Burks, Cameron Cash, Aaron Cranfield, Julian Cranfield, John Doxakis, Turner Gauntt, Joe Gobillot, Andrew Hoffman, Owen Holt, William James, Alvin Lubetkin, Carson Maxwell, Jacob Millender, Michael Streitmann and Jimmy Winston.
The manager is Clint Sauls, with assistant coaches Cape Bell and Parker Duffie.
Opening ceremonies for the 2014 World Series will be held on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 9 at Mansfield Stadium. Admission to the festivities, which will include a field parade of all 10 teams, will be free.
Games will begin on Sunday, Aug. 10, beginning at noon. Each of the five days of pool play will feature four games, with games on Aug. 11 through Aug. 14 beginning at 10 a.m.
The semifinal round, featuring the top two teams in each of the two pools, will be held on Friday, Aug. 15. The championship game, to be broadcast live on an ESPN channel, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16. All games are played at Mansfield Stadium, except in cases of extremely poor weather, in which games may be played at an alternate site with artificial turf.