EASLEY — After its successful debut last year, the Little League Baseball Senior League World Series (SLWS) returns to Easley Summer of 2018 with a new lineup representing Pickens County as the host team, South Carolina District 1.
The roster, all 15 and 16-year-olds, is unique this year in that all 16 players hail from Easley High School:
Zach McAlister, Cole Cascio, Matthew Dickson, Ben Freeman, Joe Freeman, Chip Jenkins, Gabe LaPann, Kasten Harvey, Logan Mackey, Stokes O’Shields, Brayden Owens, Nick Price, Luke Ryals, Bennett Simon, Christopher Mann and Austin Tanksley will all take the field under manager Gregg Powell and coaches Bobby Youngblood and Todd Freeman in an attempt to bring home the championship trophy.
The tournament runs from July 28-Aug. 4 with the Championship Game being broadcast live on ESPN on Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. from the J.B. Red Owens Sports Complex.
“Little League baseball has been a big part of Easley for many years,” said Mayor Larry Bagwell. “And I have no doubt it will remain so for many more. We wish these young men all the luck and we welcome the Senior League World Series back to our city.”
Gregg Powell echoed the mayor’s sentiments adding he had high hopes for SCD1 to go “all the way.”
“This is an impressive lineup we’ve got this year,” he said. “I think we can give any team a run for their money.”
Last year, SCD1 lost its opening game to Texas 4-1. They went on to falter again against Texas 4-3 when Texas was defeated by Hawaii. Hawaii advanced to the U.S. Championship game but was trounced by Florida 12-2.
Florida ended up playing in the World Championship game but lost to Panama 5-4.
The Senior League World Series is a baseball tournament for children aged 13 to 16 years old that began in 1961. In 2017, the tournament was moved from Bangor, Maine to Easley, South Carolina. (Easley was the site of the Big League World Series from 2001 to 2016. The Big League division was discontinued after the 2016 Big League World Series.) It is patterned after the Little League World Series, which was named for the World Series in Major League Baseball since 2002.
The Senior League World Series is one of nine tournaments sponsored by Little League International. Each of them brings baseball or softball teams from around the world together in one of four age divisions. The tournament structure for each division’s World Series is similar to that used for the Little League Baseball World Series.
To date, the Senior League World Series has been held at eight different sites: Williamsport, Penn. (1961–1962), Bethlehem, Penn. (1963), Louisville, Ky. (1964), Des Moines, Iowa (1965–1967), Gary, Ind. (1968–1985), Kissimmee, Fla. (1986–2001), Bangor, Maine (2002–2016) and Easley, S.C. (2017–present).
For more information visit www.littleleague.org.
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.