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July 23, 2016
Canada and U.S. regionals underway
West University seeks 3rd straight World Series title

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West University L.L., West University Place, Texas, has reloaded its roster and is making another run at a U.S. Southwest title as it seeks its third straight World Series title.

And they’re off.

With three international regional champions and the Maine District 3 champion crowned, the Canada and U.S. regionals are all underway as of today, and defending World Series champion West University L.L., West University Place, Texas, is still in the hunt for a third straight title.

The U.S. West regional began Tuesday in Sacramento, California. Defending champ Nogales National L.L., Nogales, Arizona, was back, as were 2014 West champ Central East Maui L.L., Wailuke, Hawaii, and 2010 West champ Manhattan Beach L.L., Manhattan Beach, California.

Through Thursday, Nogales was 2-0 in the double-elimination tournament, with a 22-1 win over Oregon’s Mountain View L.L. and a 13-9 win over Northern California’s San Lorenzo L.L. Nogales was scheduled to play Manhattan Beach Friday, but Little League had not reported a score.

Manhattan Beach was 2-0 heading into the matchup, with an 11-1 win over Washington’s North Central and Ballard L.L. on Wednesday and a 4-3 win over Central East Maui on Thursday.

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July 22, 2016
Australia and Spain to make 1st ever trips to World Series

Baseball’s popularity gaining traction overseas

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Southern Mariners, from Melbourne, Australia. (Photo courtesy of Mark Campbell)

Fresh faces on the international front have earned their way to the Queen City in the last week. Southern Mariners, out of Melbourne, Australia, won the Asia-Pacific regional on July 16, and Cataluña L.L., out of Barcelona, Spain, won the Europe-Africa regional the same day.

The regional titles are the first ever in Senior League Baseball for the Australians and the Spaniards. The win for Cataluña snapped a seven-year streak of Italian teams winning the Europe-Africa title. Appropriately enough, Cataluña defeated defending Europe-Africa champ Lazio L.L., Lazio, Italy, 5-3 in the title game.

For the Australians, the Senior League Baseball title is further evidence of baseball’s growing popularity in the land down under. In 2013, there were enough leagues in Little League’s Majors division to warrant Little League International declaring the nation a region unto itself, on par with Canada, Japan, and Mexico.

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July 6, 2016
Bogaerts and Jansen make MLB
All-Star rosters

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Xander Bogaerts

Bangor World Series alumni Xander Bogaerts and Kenley Jansen were named to Major League Baseball’s All-Star game rosters on Tuesday night.

Bogaerts, who played in the 2009 World Series for Aruba South L.L., San Nicolas, Aruba, is the shortstop for the Boston Red Sox. Fans voted him to start the July 12 All-Star game in San Diego for the American League. He is the first Bangor World Series alumnus to be named a starter in a Major League All-Star game. This will be Bogaerts’s first All-Star game.

Jansen is the closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played in the
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July 12, 2016
Lithuanian alumnus plays in MLB’s
Futures All-Star game

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Dovydas Neverauskas pitches against Paraguana L.L., Falcon, Venezuela, in the 2007 World Series.

2007 World Series alum Dovydas Neverauskas appeared in Sunday’s Futures All-Star game in San Diego as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend festivities. The Pittsburgh Pirates prospect pitched the eighth inning for the World team, giving up only a base hit in the World’s 11-3 win over the U.S.

Neverauskas played for Vilnius L.L., Vilnius, Lithuania, in the 2007 World Series. He appeared in only one game, a 22-4 loss to defending series champ and eventual runner-up Paraguana L.L., Falcon, Venezuela. He held Paraguana to six runs on six hits in five innings before Paraguana scored 18 runs in the final two innings.

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