There’s nothing more a part of summer than baseball, and for over 50 years, every part of Forsyth County has been associated with Little League Baseball. This year Kernersville Little League, Kernersville LL, was awarded the host site for the 2017 Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division Southeastern Region Tournament—quite an honor, bringing in people to showcase the hospitality of Kernersville and its residents and businesses.
Kernersville Little League was formed in 1961 by a group of devoted citizens and recently celebrated its 56th season as a chartered Little League. “Today Kernersville LL has an enrollment of more than 400 participants for the baseball and softball programs and is a part of the 14 leagues that comprise North Carolina District 2, representing Alamance, Davidson, Davie Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Rowan, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin Counties. There’s no better time to showcase top-quality amateur baseball in Kernersville and the region, and reward the area for its longtime support of the nation’s largest and oldest nonprofit organization. In 2016, the district hosted several Softball Regional brackets at Rowan Little League with proven leadership, showing they can run a quality tournament,” said Jennifer Colvin, Southeastern Region Director for Little League International.
The four-day Regional event brought state winners from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, all playing for the Regional title. “Kernersville LL hosted the Regional, which started on July 20, with an opening ceremony and banquet for the teams, with the first game held the following day. The winner moved on to represent the Southeastern Region in the Intermediate (50/70) World Series in Livermore, CA, starting July 30th, ending with the World Series Final to be televised on ESPN networks on August 6th,” Vince Scanlon, Kernersville LL Media Contact, stated. Kernersville took on the task of the tournament wholeheartedly.
“Our responsibility was to house and feed these players and put on a good tournament. We worked with the community to make this a success and hope to host this tournament for years to come,” commented Shawn Cofer, President of Kernersville LL. “This was good for local businesses, as well as [showcasing] the hospitality of the entire Triad region for our visitors from throughout the Southeast.”
Additionally, the Southeastern Region announced that Rowan Little League would host the Junior and Senior League Softball Regional Tournaments in 2017, starting July 27th.