For the first time since the 2008 championship game, television will return to Lew Hays Pony Field for the Pony World Series.
In a deal announced Tuesday, PONY Baseball and Softball and Tournaments, Inc., said they reached an agreement with CBS-owned stations in Pittsburgh to promote and broadcast two games in this year’s 10-team, double-elimination tournament.
WPCW will broadcast Game 5 Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. between the Asia Pacific Zone champion and the winner Game 1, which pits the South Zone winner against the Caribbean Zone winner. The championship game, scheduled for Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m., also will be broadcast live by the station.
The last time the Pony World Series appeared on television in 2008, Oliver Van Buskirk hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Long Beach, Calif., over Chinese Taipei. The game was broadcast on FSN Pittsburgh with John Sanders and Chris Sholvin calling the action.
“This is a unique opportunity to showcase the best 13- and 14-year-old baseball players in the world,” said Abe Key, President and CEO of PONY Baseball and Softball, which is located in Washington.
“We are very excited to partner with Pittsburgh’s The CW to televise two games of the 2014 Pony League World Series.”
Tournaments, Inc., is planning fireworks and other family-friendly events for this year’s tournament, which is scheduled to run Aug. 8-13.
The broadcasting of the Pony World Series was announced as part of a nearly $300,000 campaign established this year by the Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency. The county invested $33,000 through a tourism grant program to help PONY and Tournaments, Inc., acquire a broadcast partner.