The Davidson Cornelius All-Stars will play in Chino Hills, Calif., today, wrapping up round-robin play in the PONY-13 World Series baseball tournament.
The team – composed of 15 players from Davidson, Cornelius and southern Iredell County – earned the trip to the West Coast by winning the East region championship last week. The All-Stars won that with a convincing 15-4 win against Hagerstown, Md., on Tuesday at Davidson's McEver Field.
Ralph Angiuoli Jr., the president of the Davidson Youth Baseball Association, said that marked the first time a north Mecklenburg team advanced to the PONY World Series.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these kids,” he said. “But they've done everything we've asked. It has been a heck of a run.”
Team members had to be age 13 on April 30 to be eligible to participate this season. The team was scheduled to play games in Chino Hills Friday and Saturday and finish today against Mazatlan, Mexico, at 5p.m.
The Davidson Cornelius team needs to finish in the top two of its four-team pool to advance to the semifinals Monday at 4:30 p.m. The championship game will be 7 p.m. Monday. Audio broadcasts of the semifinals and finals can be heard online at www.theysn.com. (go to main page, then click on “find and listen” header).