This time around, the winning team in the elementary boys’ baseball of the 2013 Palarong Pambansa will be given a chance to represent the country.
Little League Baseball Philippines District Administrator Jose Luis Gomez said this yesterday, days before the start of the annual scholastic sports meet in Dumaguete City.
“This is what is waiting for them, a chance to represent the country,” said Gomez.
The Philippines is hosting the Asia Pacific-Middle East Little League Tournament from June 30 to July 8.
Gomez, who is also a commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission, added that the kids are set to see action in the newly-created 50 to 70 intermediate category, and will face rivals from five other countries.
This division will be played on a field with a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths.
The Little League Intermediate 50/70 Baseball Division World Series will play its inaugural tournament in Livermore, California from July 30 to Aug. 5, at Max Baer Park, home of Granada Little League.
The boys, who are aged 11 to 13 years old, will go up against teams from the Northern Marianas Island, Guam, Indonesia and Japan. A total of 59 teams from 17 countries are taking part.
Meanwhile, University of the East standout Yra Perlita Ynot is expected to shine in the 2013 Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete next week.
The 16-year old Ynot is tipped to step out of the shadows of Chinese-Belgian sprinter Maureen Emily Schrijvers, who emerged as the bemedalled athlete with five golds in the second girls action of the track and field meet in the 2012 Palarong Pambansa in Lingayen, Pangasinan last year.
Officials said Ynot placed third behind Schrijvers in the secondary girls 100-meter dash. But she managed to win four golds.
Her first places included golds in the triple jump and long jump, and join no. 1 finishes with Schrijvers in the 100-meter and 400-meter relays.
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