For the third time, Fireman's Field will host a Babe Ruth World Series. The Purcellville field was the site for the World Series in 1998 (16-year-olds) and 2001 (16- to 18-year-olds). Four games a day are scheduled for Saturday through Wednesday, with elimination play to begin next Thursday. The championship game will be played next Saturday.
The 10 teams have been divided into two pools. Each team is guaranteed four games. The top three teams in each pool will advance to single-elimination play, which begins Thursday and ends with the final Saturday.
Free shuttle buses will run from Loudoun Valley High School (340 North Maple Avenue), beginning one hour before the first game and ending one hour after the last game of each day. TO REACH LOUDOUN VALLEY, take Route 7 west of Leesburg and exit onto Route 287. Turn left at the bottom of the off-ramp and follow Route 287 to Route 7 business. Turn right onto Route 7 business and follow to North Maple Avenue. Turn right onto North Maple and follow to Loudoun Valley High School.
Tournament passes will be sold for $45 (family) and $25 (individual) and are available in Purcellville (Mr. Print, Gamebreaker Sports), Leesburg (Loudoun National Bank, Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services) and Sterling (Dick's Sporting Goods).
Daily tickets will be sold at the field for $7. Children younger than 6 will receive free admission.
Before the start of pool play in the World Series, a banquet and opening ceremonies will be held. The banquet is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Loudoun Valley High School; former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Scott McGregor will be the guest speaker. The opening ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fireman's Field. The opening game is scheduled for 11 a.m.
Recorded information regarding game and tournament status will be available at 540-338-0012. Inning-by-inning updates will also be posted at www.loudounbrws.com and www.brlworldseries.com.