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