The 2021 Australian Little League Championship will be held in Lismore with the champions set to be crowned on the New South Wales holiday for the Queen’s Birthday.
Baseball Australia today locked in the last piece of next year’s Little League calendar, confirming the titles would be held at Albert Park Baseball Complex from 9-14 June next year.
Little League baseball has grown significantly in Australia since launching in 2008 with the nation now boasting the third-most participants worldwide.
Lismore will be hosting the championship for the sixth time. The tournament will mark Little League’s return to Lismore after the 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID-19.
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The champions will earn the right to represent Australia Region at the 2021 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
At this stage the World Series is tentatively slated for 19-29 August next year.
Cronulla defeated Ryde in an all-New South Wales decider at the 2019 Australian Little League Championship.
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Baseball WA is pleased to announce plans for the inaugural Senior Baseball Club Championship, which will take place across five days from 27 to 31 March 2021 at Baseball Park in Thornlie.
The championship will incorporate six teams across Baseball WA’s top competitions: the regional champion from Port Hedland, the top three clubs from State League 3 and the top two clubs from A Grade at the end of the regular season.
Where a side qualifies twice, the next team in A Grade will qualify for the tournament.
There will be no limit to a team’s squad size for the tournament, though a restriction of 14 players per game will be enforced. Players must be eligible to play finals in State League 3 or lower.
The format will be two pools of three where the top two in each pool progress to the semi-finals with a three-game guarantee.
Each game will be a regulation nine innings with a two-hour time limit.
Baseball WA looks forward to offering this opportunity for senior baseballers to take part in a fun, competitive tournament.
“We are excited to introduce the Senior Baseball Club Championship at the end of the upcoming season,” Baseball WA CEO Lachlan Dale said. “It will be fantastic to add another element to WA baseball and this friendly competition will bring our baseball community together to create a new tradition, especially after finals were cut short by COVID-19 last season.”
There are just a handful of games left in the 2020 MLB season before playoffs, and both teams with Aussies on their 40-man rosters have made the playoffs.
West Australian Liam Hendriks now has 14 saves with the Oakland Athletics, the AL West Champions, while Victorian Lewis Thorpe has appeared in seven games for the Minnesota Twins so far.
Liam Hendriks and the Oakland A's have won the American League West and will be a force to be reckoned with come playoff time.
The MLB Reliever of the Month for August 2020 has notched yet another save, taking his total to 14 on the season after a scoreless outing to shut down the L.A. Dodgers on Wednesday, 23 September.
This was a big 6-4 win at Dodger Stadium as Oakland beat the holders of the best record in baseball.
The Dodgers tied it up on a solo shot by Edwin Ríos in the eighth, but Ramón Laureano followed up in the ninth with a clutch go-ahead two-run homer off former A’s teammate Blake Treinen.
Hendriks came in for the final three outs, getting AJ Pollock to line out before striking out Cody Bellinger. Hendriks retired Chris Taylor to complete the win. He is currently second in MLB pitchers on number of saves, with Cleveland's Brand Hand just ahead at 15.
Oakland plays Seattle in the last regular season series before the playoffs.
Follow the rest of Oakland’s season on the official MLB website here.
Lewis Thorpe is in his second season with the Twins after making his MLB debut on 30 June 2019.
Thorpe's last appearance for Minnesota came in game one of a doubleheader against Detroit on Saturday, 29 August.
The left-handed pitcher has pitched 16.1 innings across seven outings this season, with 4.2 scoreless innings in his first two games. He has given up a total of 24 hits for 11 earned runs with an ERA of 6.06 and 10 strikeouts.
After slipping to second in the American League Central standings, the Twins have won the last four games to regain the lead with a 35-22 record. They have already clinched a playoff berth and if their final home series vs. the Cincinnati Reds goes well, the Twins could come away with back-to-back division crowns after winning the AL Central last year.
For up-to-date schedules, scores and live action from the Twins, visit the official MLB website here.
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The 2021 Australian Intermediate League Championship will be held in Mildura next May.
Baseball Australia has announced the event, which is proudly supported by the Victorian Government, will return to Mildura for a second time from 25 - 29 May 2021 after being cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Old Aerodrome Sporting Complex will again host the five-day tournament with the 29 May final set to crown a national champion and decide Australia Region’s representative at the 2021 Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series in the US.
Intermediate League provides players aged 11-13 the chance to transition from Little League to Junior League.
It launched in Australia in 2018 with Lismore hosting the inaugural event before it shifted to Mildura.
The winner of the 2021 championship will represent Australia Region at the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series, tentatively scheduled for 1-8 August next year in Livermore, California.
Western Australia’s Perth Northern Metros won both the 2018 and 2019 Australian Intermediate League Championships.
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Baseball WA is a vibrant community of like-minded individuals and clubs - all with a passion for our great game of baseball.
As the years have gone on, the variety of programs, competitions, tournaments and assets that Baseball WA owns and runs have grown dramatically. The sport continues to grow and opportunities for our players have never been greater.
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