The Little League Baseball World Series atmosphere will be returning to Minocqua in 2019.

The Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the Lakeland Area Baseball Association (LABA), will host the Small Town Baseball World Series for the second consecutive year July 18-21 at the Minocqua Park Complex on Highway 70 West.

Small Town Baseball organizes Regional, State and Worldwide tournaments across seven Midwest states and Canada. It is designed for teams with high school enrollments of 700 or under and features competition in 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14U age brackets.

State championship tournaments occur throughout the Midwest and the World Series is the final tournament event of the season. The World Series is already set to draw teams from Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Canada. The Series is almost full with 44 teams registered.

According to Small Town Baseball owner Rick Westfall, the system was designed with the intent to create a lasting experience for teams and towns playing against teams of similar size.

“We try to make the experience everything it’s meant to be for teams coming from small towns all over America and beyond,” said Westfall. “One thing this sport is founded upon is the ability for anyone to compete, no matter where you’re from or what the size of your program might be. It does give the small guys a taste of what it feels like to compete on a bigger stage.”

According to Minocqua Chamber group travel coordinator Jane Kincheloe, the area is ready to host the event for the second time, and looks forward to showcasing the area from Wausau to Minocqua, Eagle River, Rhinelander and across the North Woods.

“We are excited to host this tournament once again,” said Kincheloe. “This will be a great economic impact for not only our area communities but our neighboring towns in the North Woods area as well.”

Games are open to the public and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be a special ceremony on Saturday, prior to games starting at 7:45 a.m., with special area dignitaries throwing out the first pitch, the American Legion Color Guard and the singing of the National Anthem.

Members of the LABA and the Chamber of Commerce are seeking volunteers to help at this event. If interested, contact Kincheloe at (715) 356-5266 or jane@minocqua.org. 

The Small Town Baseball World Series is a great way to build excitement for baseball in small towns, including communities in the North Woods.