Fans in Acadiana can get their baseball fix this weekend at the Youngsville Sports Complex for the Pony Mustang World Series.
The tournament will start at 4:30 p.m. Thursday with the opening ceremonies, followed by games at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The tournament will end Sunday evening with the crowning of a Pony Mustang World Champion.
Tim Robichaux, complex director, said the Broussard Youngsville Youth Association boys will be taking on other 9 and 10-year-olds from around the country and world, starting with their first game against a team from Hawaii at 6 p.m.
The double elimination tournament features six other teams: one from Illinois, Virginia, Mexico and the Philippines and two from Texas,.
Dallas has hosted the past Pony Mustang tournaments for years, Robichaux said, but the change came from the Youngsville Sports Complex’s success in hosting Pony baseball tournaments since its opening in May of 2014.
“Youngsville was chosen because of the reputation we have with Pony,” Robichaux said, adding that the complex will also host the tournament next year.
One of the advantages of being the hosting city is the local team automatically competing in the tournament when they otherwise might have missed out, he said.
To make it to the World Series teams first play on a local level, followed by regionals and nationals and ultimately the World Series.
Robichaux said the tournament will be a great community event with local businesses, city hall and the sport’s complex all selling tickets and tournament passes for the weekend. There is also the possibility to purchase game day tickets.