World Champions! McCalla won the Little League Intermediate 50/70 World Series

McCalla Little League World Series Intermediate 50/70 Team. Photo from Janice Roger’s WBRC Facebook post

Birmingham – welcome the 2019 McCalla Little League Intermediate All-Star Team – World Series Champions!

Last week, the 2019 McCalla Little League Intermediate All-Stars Baseball Team defeated the Mexico Region team from Matamoros, Mexico on Sunday, August 4th by a score of 9 – 5 to win the Little League Intermediate 50/70 World Series Championship in Livermore, California.

Here are the highlights of the championship game:

One of the four tournaments organized by the Little League World Series – the Intermediate 50/70 division was established in 2013 and is the second of four Little League divisions by development.

This week, the most famous tournament of the four, the Little League World Series, begins on August 15th. That 72 year old tournament will be shown daily on ESPN and is played annually in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Screenshot from the Little League World Series website of the four baseball World Series divisions. There are also 3 softball World Series tournaments

What does Intermediate 50/70 mean?

According to the Intermediate 50/70 Wikipedia page, the boys playing in the Intermediate World Series are between the ages of 11-13 years old, while the Little League World Series is for ages 10-12.    The big difference between the two tournaments are the fields. The Intermediate  pitching mound is 50 feet from home plate, and the base paths are 70 feet apart. This allows for a transition between the smaller field dimensions of Little League (46/60), and the standard field dimensions of the advanced leagues (60.5/90).

Hence – that’s where the term  50/70 comes from.

A True World Series

Our champions from McCalla, the small West Jefferson County town of 16,000, is the first team to win the Little League Intermediate title from the South.  Previous winners have been from South Korea (twice), Japan, Arizona, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The last Little League World Series winner from Alabama was a team from Birmingham’s Southside in 1953.

Congrats!

A well deserved title – congrats to the 2019 McCalla Little League Intermediate All-Stars Baseball Team from Bham Now!  We are all very proud of you!

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.