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Little League State Championships return
Little League baseball players around the country are daring to dream of playing in the World Series on ESPN
03/20/2018 11:39 PM ET
The Swan Hill Aces will look to go one better and reach the 2018 Little League World Series
The Swan Hill Aces will look to go one better and reach the 2018 Little League World Series (Baseball Australia)

With the Little League baseball season just around the corner, youth players around the country are daring to dream of playing in the Little League World Series in South Willamsport, Pennsylvania.

The Little League World Series is aired on ESPN and is viewed by over 25 million people annually.

"There's nothing cooler, they're on international television and seen by millions of people around the world," Little League WA District Administrator David Hayes said.

Before teams can start to think about the bright lights of ESPN, however, they will have to qualify through their State and National Tournaments.

The Western Australian State Championships will be held between Thursday 29 March - Monday 2 April at Mateljian Park in Wanneroo, where seven teams will battle it out for five spots in June's National Championships.

The Central Firebirds, Coastal Bay Sharks, Eastern Phantoms, Northern Metros, Southern Titans, Southern Hills Warriors, Swan Hill Aces as well as two invitational teams; Tiger Academy Black and Orange will go head-to-head in a five-day tournament over the Easter school holidays.

In preparation, the teams will compete in a warm-up tournament in Rockingham between 24-25 March - an important event according to Hayes.

"For many of the coaches and players it will be an introduction to tournament baseball," he said.

Last year, the Metros took out the WA title to qualify for the National Championships alongside the Aces, Phantoms and Firebirds.

The Aces, who finished runners-up to the Metros were the surprise package of Nationals as they almost stormed all the way to the World Series before falling to Hills Little League (Sydney) in the final.

"The experience of Little League is about participating in the team," Hayes said.

"All we want is for them to have the best time they can."

Five WA teams are assured entry to the National Championships to be held in Lismore.

 

Pre-State Tournament: Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th March. Hourglass Reserve, Rockingham.

State Championships: Thursday 29th March - Monday 2nd April. Mateljian Park, Wanneroo.

National Championships: Wednesday 6th - Monday 11th June. Lismore, NSW.

World Series: Thursday 16th - Sunday 26th August. South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.