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Pleasanton Weekly

Sports - April 5, 2013

Intermediate Little League World Series coming to Tri-Valley

Series runs July 30-Aug. 5; ESPN to broadcast Championship game

Organizers of the first Intermediate Little League World Series have chosen Livermore and California District 57 Little League as the hosts for the inaugural event, which will be held July 30 through Aug. 5.

Ten teams from around the world -- one host team, five more U.S. teams and four international teams -- as well as families, fans and friends will travel to the Tri-Valley for 19 games culminating with the Championship game Monday, Aug. 5, which will be broadcast live on ESPN.

"We're excited to bring this event to the Tri-Valley," said Dave Wetmore, World Series tournament director. "We're expecting close to 10,000 people to attend the seven-day event, those that will shop, dine and stay in our community."

Livermore and Northern California District 57 Little League were selected over thousands of other districts, cities and states that were all vying to host this global event.

"It was a difficult choice, since all the cities are so close in terms of what they have to offer," said Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball. "Any of them, we are confident, would do a terrific job of hosting such a high-profile event. Ultimately, the Board of Directors settled on Northern California, the greater San Francisco area, Livermore and Granada Little League, as its top choice."

The Intermediate Division began as a two-year pilot program, before becoming an official division in 2012.

Players ages 11-13 are eligible to play in this Intermediate baseball league, which features a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot bases, also known as "50/70."

"People see it as a great way to make the transition from the Little League field to the standard baseball diamond," Wetmore said. "For us, it has kept more players in our programs into their teenage years."

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