Big hill to climb at Little League Championships
HILLS Little League will be aiming for history when they take on 19 of the best Little League teams, as the Australian Little League Championship start at the Albert Park baseball complex in Lismore today.
No Australian charter team has represented at consecutive Little League World Series, and for Hills, their tilt at back-to-back Australian Championships kicks off at 8.15am this morning when they take on Western Australia's Central Firebirds.
Hills Little League will be looking to emulate the standards of their other charter teams, with their Senior League team picking up a silver medal during the Australian Championships in May, while more recently, Hills Junior League booked their ticket to the Junior League World Series following a triumph at the Australian Junior League Championship in Adelaide.
The 2017 Australian Little League Champion will represent the Australia Region on the biggest stage in the world, the Little League World Series. With more than 300,000 total attendees across the 10-day tournament, the Australian Champion will earn an all expenses paid trip to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the home of Little League.
Last year's runners-up, the Central Coast Marlins were defeated in the NSW Little League Championship, with Illawarra flying the flag for Country NSW in 2017. Illawarra returns to the Australian Championship for the first time since 2011, the longest hiatus of any of the 20 competing teams.
Another young star to watch out for is Genevieve Beacom from Victoria's Southern Mariners Charter. This will be Genevieve's second Australian Little League Championship, with the left-handed pitcher leading her team to the Victorian Little League Championship after she struck out a mammoth 12 hitters. Genevieve will the lynchpin of the Mariners pitching staff, and is a name to remember for the future.
The final will take place at 3.15pm on Monday, and can be seen live at abltv.com