The Man All-Stars, the winner of the recent 13-year-old Little League Intermediate state championship, is scheduled to play this weekend in the Southeast Regionals in Apopka, Fla.
Man will represent West Virginia and will compete against the state championship teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Man is set to take on the North Carolina state champs on Friday at 1 p.m. Man will then face either Alabama or Florida on Saturday in either the winners or losers bracket.
Man claimed the state championship recently with a 4-0 win over Huntington in the State Intermediate Baseball Tournament at Huntington.
Just three teams were in the state tournament.
Man started off with an 11-1 win over Huntington, then beat county rival Omar 13-0 later in the day. Huntington advanced with a 13-5 win over Omar in the double-elimination tourney, setting up the rematch with Man.
Caleb Blevins, Matt Caldwell, Michael Walker, Cameron Frye and Ryan Cozart got hits for Man in the state championship game. Corey Miller pitched a one-hit shutout for Man, striking out 12 batters.
Other regional tournaments will be held over the weekend in Kalamazoo, Mich. (Central), Commack & Dix Hills, N.Y. (East), Grand Junction, Colo. (Southwest), and Nogales, Ariz. (West).
World regional tournaments have already been held in the Phillippines (Asia-Pacific), the Czech Republic (Europe-Africa) and Curacao (Latin America). The Canadian championships are set for this weekend.
The Czech Republic A team won 13-8 over the Czech Republic B team to win the Europe-Africa crown. South Korea beat Japan 11-0 to win the Asia-Pacific championship. The Curacao A team toppled the Curacao B team 16-4 to claim the Latin America title.
All regional winners advance to the World Series, set for July 31-August 7 in Livermore, Calif.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).