Washington County Pony World Series returns to normal

When the 2022 Pony League World Series begins on August 12, things will return to normal.

After the 2019 tournament was canceled by covid-19, the 2020 version had only eight teams.

A full field of 10 teams, including three international teams, will converge on Washington County next week.

The returning international teams are London, Monterrey, Mexico and New Taipei City, Taiwan. Also listed are Guaynabo; Porto Rico; Bay County, Michigan; Palmview, TX; Johnstown; and Washington.

Representatives for the East Zone and West Zone will be determined this weekend. The East Zone tournament is held in High Point, North Carolina, and the West Zone in West Covina, California.

“We’re thrilled to be back at 10 teams,” World Series President Nathan Voytek said. “That’s how it should be. We were grateful to have been able to do something last year. It was still a quality event.

“The international teams are what make this tournament unique. Bring Taiwan, you bring Puerto Rico and Mexico. That’s what makes it different from a baseball tournament.

The World Series has seen its share of MLB players.

The latest is Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Chase De Jong, who played in the 2008 World Series for Long Beach, Calif., and won the Easton Sports ERA award.

This is the 70th World Series and the 38th consecutive year it has been held at Lew Hays Field. The tournament began in 1952 but was held at 11 other venues across the country before returning to Washington.

“The tournament belongs here,” Voytek said. ” That’s where it all began.

“We are fortunate to have a number of people within the organization who have been here almost from day one, people who have been involved for 20, 30 or 40 years. So there is knowledge and tradition, and these people want to stay involved.

Voytek said the group is constantly watching other events and trying to improve.

“The TV and streaming with West Virginia Radio has been outstanding,” Voytek said. “We hope to continue this and increase this platform.”

This year, AT&T SportsNet plans to broadcast six games live and three delayed. The August 17 championship game will be live on The CW.

All games, through a partnership with MLB, will be broadcast live.

Voytek hopes that more games in the future will be broadcast live. The problem is that AT&T is under contract to broadcast the Pirates.

The World Series is sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods and Washington County Tourism.

Things start Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. when Penn West California sponsors a FanFest at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Washington.

The home run contest and the fastest runner contest will take place at 11 a.m. on August 12. The opening ceremonies will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by two games.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Paul by email at pschofield@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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