By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Writer
One of the local sporting highlights of the summer is just days away as the 17th AABC Mickey Mantle World Series returns to Al Alford Field in McKinney.
The MMWS, which begins Wednesday, August 1, is a 5-day tournament that highlights some of the best 16-year-old baseball talent in North America. Along with a host team from McKinney, fans can watch teams from Ohio, Michigan, Ontario, and even Puerto Rico, participate in this storied tournament.
Every game can be seen at historic Al Alford Field, the home park of the McKinney High School Lions baseball team. MMWS offers fans a chance to purchase series passes at the field for just $35, giving you access to every game for the whole week. Day passes are $10 and single game tickets are $6, while kids 12 & under get in the park for free with an accompanying paying adult.
With nine teams in the tournament this year, the bracket will look a little different than its typical 10-team format. The San Diego Gamers, the California region qualifier, will have a bye in the first round and advance into round two. The other eight teams will play a game in the opening round. The MMWS is a double-elimination tournament.
Here are the first round matchups on Wednesday:
12 PM: Ontario Blue Jays (North Atlantic) vs. SoCal Bombers (West)
2:30 PM: Puerto Rico Vaqueros (Puerto Rico) vs. Dallas Tigers Hernandez (South Plains)
5 PM: Dallas Tigers Vanlandingham (Texas Qualifier) vs. Michigan Bulls (North Central)
8 PM: Frozen Ropes Titans (Host) vs. Ohio Thunder (East Central)
If you can’t make it out to the games, Town Square Buzz will be your home for wall-to-wall coverage of the MMWS. From a feature story on the host team to live Twitter updates from every game, TSB is proud to bring you complete coverage of the 2012 Mickey Mantle World Series!
Stay tuned …