Smithfield 10U, 12U teams finish fourth in World Series

Published 3:46 pm Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Smithfield’s 10U (ages 10 and under) and 12U (ages 12 and under) baseball teams each finished fourth in their respective World Series tournaments.

Smithfield’s 10U team traveled to Youngsville, Louisiana for the July 29-Aug. 1 Mustang League tournament. The 12U team traveled to the Bronco League tournament in Laredo, Texas, on the same dates.

They are the first teams in Smithfield Recreation Association history to play in a World Series.

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In Youngsville, the 10U team was joined by teams from Texas, California, Louisiana and even international teams from Baja California, Mexico, and Venezuela. In Laredo, the 12U team was joined by international teams from Taiwan, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, as well as U.S. teams from Texas, California and Ohio.

“We got to see some great talent,” said 10U Coach Jimmy Auvil Jr. “The kids played their heart out.”

John Sundburg, the 12U coach, said his team won against San Juan, Texas, but lost to Mexico. The 12U team was in the process of flying home Tuesday morning.

Prior to the World Series tournaments, the 10U team’s season record stood at 25 wins and two losses, while the 12U team had 18 wins, four losses and one tie.

“Next year, we’re going to aim to be back at the World Series,” Auvil said.