Eight teams from around the Western United States are set to compete in Nogales for the chance to represent the region at the 2019 Little League Intermediate 50/70 World Series.
The West Regional tournament, held in Nogales for the sixth consecutive year, is scheduled to start Wednesday with a parade up Morley Avenue starting at 3 p.m. and an opening ceremony at Fleischer Park at 4 p.m.
Then at 6 p.m., round-robin tournament play begins at Fleischer with a game between the host team from the Nogales National Little League and the Arizona state representative from the Sierra Vista Little League.
Games are then scheduled to be played at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. every day from Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21. Following an off day on Monday, July 22, a final round of play begins Tuesday, July 23, with the championship and consolation games set for July 25.
In addition to the Nogales and Sierra Vista teams, participants include representatives from Alaska (Abbott-O-Rabbit LL), Hawaii (Central Maui LL), Northern California (Petaluma American LL), Oregon (Wilsonville LL), Southern California (Northridge LL) and Washington (Bellevue Thunderbird LL).
The West Regional winner advances to the Intermediate 50/70 World Series, set for July 28-Aug. 4 in Livermore, Calif.
The Intermediate Division is for youth ages 11-13. It uses a field in which the pitching rubber is 50 feet from home plate and the bases are 70 feet apart and, dimensions that fall between the sizes of typical Little League and adult fields.