Smithfield makes Mustang, Bronco League World Series for first time in program history

Published 7:45 pm Monday, July 25, 2022

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect Smithfield’s 12U baseball team will also be going to its own World Series in Laredo, Texas.

Smithfield’s 10U (ages 10 and under) and 12U (ages 12 and under) baseball teams are headed to their respective Mustang and Bronco League World Series tournaments for the first time in the Smithfield Recreation Association’s history.

Smithfield’s 10U team will travel to Youngsville, Louisiana, on July 28 for the double-elimination tournament, which will take place July 29 through Aug. 1 The same day, Smithfield’s 12U team will travel to Laredo, Texas, for their own July 29 – Aug. 1 tournament.

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“No team has ever made it to the World Series from Smithfield and now we have two going,” said 12U Coach John Sundburg.

The 10U team will be joined by teams from Texas, California, Louisiana and even international teams from Baja California, Mexico, and Venezuela. The 12U team will also be joined by international teams from Taiwan, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, as well as U.S. teams from Texas, California and Ohio.

The 10U team’s season record stands at 25 wins and two losses. The invitation to the World Series comes on the heels of its East Zone Championship win over the weekend in Kempsville.

“We got a solid team this year,” said Coach Jimmy Auvil Jr. “The kids played their hearts out.”

Auvil attributes the team’s unprecedented success to “solid pitching,” noting the team has also scored 250 cumulative runs this season.