Baseball World Series

For the first time ever, the PONY Palomino League Baseball World Series comes to Texas. Laredo will be the first city in Texas to host the 18-year-old and under baseball classic after a very long run in Santa Clara, California....

The Palomino 18(U) tournament will be held at Uni-Trade Stadium. This is the home of Laredo’s professional baseball team, The Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos, a minor league baseball team of the Mexican League. The stadium, which has a capacity of 6,000 seats, opened in May of 2012. The venue can also hold up 16,000 for concerts and other events.  This was the site of last year’s South Zone Girls Softball World Series opening ceremony and will host the opening ceremony again this July.

The Palomino World Series is the pinnacle of achievement, as it is the premier tournament for 18-year-old (and under) PONY baseball players from all over the world. Former participants in the event who are now active players in the Major Leagues include: Donnie Hart (2009 – Baltimore Orioles), Kyle Hendricks (2008 – Chicago Cubs), Austin Barnes (2007 – Los Angeles Dodgers), Daniel Hudson (2005 – Tampa Bay Rays), Paul Goldschmidt (2004 – Arizona Diamondbacks), Troy Tulowitzki (2002 – Toronto Blue Jays) and David Freese (2001 – Pittsburgh Pirates).

An eight-team tournament, the Palomino World Series will feature the Asia-Pacific Zone Champion, Mexico Zone Champion, Caribbean Zone Champion, United States Zone Champions from the East, North, South, and West, as well as Host Laredo. Over four days, the eight teams will battle it out on the diamond in upwards of 16 games to determine the title for Palomino World Series champion.

The Palomino World Series comes to Laredo following an 18-year run in which the event was played across the state of California (Santa Clara 2000-04, 2016-17; Rancho Cucamonga 2007; San Jose 2008-10; and Compton 2011-14) and in Caguas, Puerto Rico for a two-year stint (2005-06). Prior to 2000, the event enjoyed a 14-year run in Greensboro, North Carolina from 1986-99. The first-ever Palomino World Series was played in San Jose, California in 1980, while also calling Covina, California (1982-83) and Cincinnati, Ohio (1984-85) home.

Follow PONY.org and SOUTH.PONY.org, as well as PONY Baseball and Softball’s social media accounts for more announcements leading up to the event.



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