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August 1 through August 8, 2015

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June 25, 2015
Initial pairings set after blind draw
U.S. Southeast and Maine District 3 get first-round byes

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World Series tournament director Mike Brooker holds up the first ball drawn Wednesday, revealing that U.S. Southeast got the first of two first-round byes for this year’s series. Maine District 3 got the second bye.

The U.S. Southeast region and Maine District 3 drew first-round byes in Wednesday afternoon’s draw for this year’s World Series brackets and initial pairings. The winner of the U.S. Southeast regional will play in the “A” bracket while the winner of the Maine District 3 tournament, the host, will play in the “B” bracket.

But drawing a bye wasn’t necessarily a good thing. That’s because U.S. Southeast will play its first game at 10 a.m. on Aug. 3, the second day of the series. Typically in a double-elimination tournament losers bracket teams play early. However, World Series organizers didn’t want two teams to be eliminated from contention before two teams even played.

With its bye, Maine District 3 will play its first game at 1 p.m. on Aug. 3. That start time on a Monday may hurt attendance, although strong crowds showed up to see the host team play an 11:30 a.m. semifinal last year and a 2:30 p.m. semifinal in 2010. Both of those games were on a Friday.

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May 28, 2015
Modified double-elimination format will replace
round-robin play for ’15 series

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Cartersville L.L., Cartersville, Georgia, lost its first two games of the 2007 World Series before winning four straight to win that year’s title. The team will remain the only one to accomplish the feat in a Bangor World Series.

Cartersville Little League, of Cartersville, Georgia, lost its first two games of the 2007 Senior League Baseball World Series. The U.S. Southeast champ then proceeded to win its last two pool play games to force a tiebreaker that advanced it to the semifinal round.

The rest was history, as Cartersville became the first team to lose its first two games before going on to win a Bangor World Series.

Now Cartersville will be the only team to accomplish the feat. That’s because the Senior League Baseball World Series is doing away with a round-robin format and changing to a modified double-elimination format instead.

The 10 teams will still be divided into two pools of five teams each. However, each pool will conduct its own double-elimination tournament until only two teams remain. The two remaining teams in each pool will then play a winner-take-all semifinal.

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