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The Livermore/Granada All Star Team, representing District 57, winners of the 2018 national championship, will again host the Intermediate World Series in Livermore. In the photo, the team is pictured with Lou Seal, mascot of the San Francisco Giants. (Photo – Doug Jorgensen)

The Little League Intermediate World Series returns to Livermore July 28 to August 4 with games to be played at Max Baer Park.

Teams of players, 11 to 13-years-old, will represent 6 regional and 6 international areas. U.S.A. bracket teams will come from District 57, Central, East, Southeast, Southwest and West regions. District 57, the host Little League, will be represented by the Livermore/Granada All Star team. International teams will qualify from Asia-Pacific, Australia, Canada, Europe-Africa, Latin America, and Mexico.

Opening ceremonies will be held on Saturday, July 28 at the Oakland Coliseum. The Oakland A's have invited all teams and families to the Saturday night game and fireworks. Dave Wetmore, Tournament Director, commented, "That should be very special for many."

Wetmore noted that this year Mexico received an automatic regional bid. Puerto Rico, who had the automatic bid in the past, had to play for the Latin America championship. The won by beating a very good Columbia team.

Wetmore said that ESPN will be on site all week with 21 games to be aired on one of the ESPN family of networks. In the past, the network just covered the championship weekend.

Teams arrive Friday, July 26, with the first day of practice July 27. Play begins Sunday, July 28 at 9 a.m., 12 noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The rest of the week, the games are as follows: Monday -Thursday, 9 a.m., 12 noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Friday, off day; Saturday, Challenger Game at 9:30 a.m.; International Championship at 1 p.m. and USA Championship at 5 p.m.. The Title Game on Sunday August 4 - 6 p.m. will be covered by ESPN2. All games up to the Sunday game will be available on ESPN+.

2018 Champions were Asia-Pacific Region - West Seoul (South Korea) Little League. They won the International bracket and faced the U.S.A. champions, the Livermore/Granada team, in the finals.

Field upgrades have taken place with Little League putting in new sod in the infield.

Admission to all games is free. Max Baer Park is located at 1310 Murdell Lane.

For the complete schedule, box scores and videos, go to www.littleleague.org/world-series/2019/5070/tournaments/world-series/