Young baseball players battle for trip of a lifetime

TWENTY teams of young baseballers from around Australia will converge on Lismore next week with the aim of winning a trip to the United States for the Little League World Series.

The 2015 Bendigo Bank Australian Little League Championship will be played at Albert Park from June 3 to 9.

MORE: The 20 teams taking part in the Lismore tournament

PLAY BALL: There will be plenty of action when teams from around Australia battle out the national Little League championship at Albert Park, Lismore, starting next week.
PLAY BALL: There will be plenty of action when teams from around Australia battle out the national Little League championship at Albert Park, Lismore, starting next week. FILE

In its eighth year, the seven-day event will start on Wednesday with an opening ceremony, entertainment and fireworks, followed by six days of tournament play beginning on Thursday.

"This event is an opportunity for the baseball community to come together," Baseball Australia's Little League administrator and championship director Mathew Sundstrom said.

"We are very pleased to have such welcoming and supportive host partners in Far North Coast Baseball, the Lismore City Council and the NSW State Government, and I am sure all visiting teams and supporters will have a fun-filled and memorable time."

The championship is proudly supported by Destination NSW and the Lismore City Council.

"I'm delighted that Lismore will be abuzz with more than 280 young ball players and their families and club officials from all over Australia for this exciting event," Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell said.

"I'm sure that locals will enjoy seeing these youngsters from 20 teams play at Albert Park too."

The champion team will represent Australia at the Little League World Series in Williamsport in the US in August. That tournament is broadcast globally on ESPN to a potential audience of 45 million people.



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