The Encinitas Little League All-Star team is headed to the Junior Little League Baseball World Series for the first time in 61 years after narrowly missing the chance last year.
The team, consisted of 13- and 14-year-old boys, defeated Oakland Little League team 6-0 Monday to win the West Region title and earned one of 11 spots in the Junior Little League World Series. Five teams from the United States and six international teams will compete for the World Series title this weekend in Taylor, Mich.
Encinitas will face off against the Southwest Champion Wylie Little League from Abilene, Texas at 5 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. Nineteen games will be played throughout the week in a “modified double-elimination” format — meaning a team keeps playing until it loses twice.
The top two team in each pool (US and international) will then face off in a single-elimination game next Saturday. The US champ will then play the international champ the following day for the world championship.
Seven of the players on the 13-player team are returning players from last year when Encinitas was defeated by a team from Hilo, Hawaii for the West Region title.
The Junior League World Series is one of eleven tournaments sponsored by Little League International but does not garner the same attention as the Little League Baseball World Series, which is for players ages 11 to 13.
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