BANGOR, Maine — The 2013 Senior League World Series has its first entry.
The International Little League Association of Manila in the Philippines will represent Asia-Pacific in the 10-team event set for Aug. 11-17 at Mansfield Stadium after edging the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands 7-6 in seven innings Sunday to win its regional qualifying tournament at Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines.
The two finalists both went 4-0 during pool play to advance to the championship game. CNMI held a 6-4 lead midway through the title contest before the Philippines squad tied the game in the sixth and scored the winning run in the first extra inning.
ILLAM will be making its first SLWS appearance since 2009 when it went 3-1 in pool play and advanced to the semifinals before being eliminated by the West University Little League of Houston, that year’s world champion.
Another team from the Philippines representing Tanauan City advanced to the SLWS in 2011 but went winless in four pool play games.
The Asia-Pacific champions are 0-12 collectively since 2009, with CNMI also winless in 2010 and Auckland, New Zealand, 0-4 last August.
This year’s entry from the Philippines will open Pool A play at the Senior League World Series at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, against the host team representing Maine District 3.
The SLWS, Little League Baseball’s world championship tournament for 14- through 16-year-olds, involves the champions of Asia-Pacific, Europe-Africa, Canada and Latin America, the host team and U.S. regional champions from the East, Southeast, Central, Southwest and West.
Europe-Africa formerly was known as Europe-Middle East-Africa, but the Middle East was shifted into the Asia-Pacific regional this year.
The Latin America and Europe-Africa champions are scheduled to be crowned next weekend, with the remaining SLWS qualifiers to be determined in early August.
The 2013 SLWS begins at noon Sunday, Aug. 11, when the Maine District 3 champion squares off against Canada.
Each team plays four pool-play games over five days, with the top two teams from each pool advancing to the semifinals on Friday, Aug. 16.
The championship game follows at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, a contest to be televised live by ESPNU.