WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The 2009 Little League Southeast Region Tournaments in baseball and softball will be played at Mitch Stadium in Ceredo-Kenova, W.Va., it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.The Little League Softball Regional Tournament will be played July 30-Aug. 3. The Little League Baseball Regional Tournament, with the final game to be televised nationally on the ESPN family of networks, will be played Aug. 7-14. The winner of that tournament advances to the annual Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Since 1967, the Little League Baseball Southern (later Southeastern) Region Tournament has been held at the Little League Regional Headquarters in St. Petersburg, Fla. The softball tournament has been held there since 2005. The winner of that tournament advances to the annual Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore.
The site for the Southeastern Region Headquarters, however, will be moved to either Morganton, N.C., or Warner Robins, Ga., where the Little League Baseball and Softball Regional Tournaments will be played starting in 2010. A decision on the new site for the Southeast Region Headquarters is expected to be announced soon.
“Ceredo-Kenova and Mitch Stadium have a long tradition when it comes to Little League,” Mr. Keener said. “We’re grateful to all the volunteers in the area for stepping up so that the Southeast Regional Tournaments will have a temporary home in 2009 that rises to the level we expect from these events.”
The states of the Southeast Region, each of which will send a state champion to the baseball and softball tournaments, are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Mitch Stadium, named for the late Elmer Mitchell, a longtime community volunteer who passed away in 1981, seats 1,000. It underwent a major refurbishment in 2002 to include new lighting, batting cages and dugouts. Brick walls were added to the foul lines, and a green wooden outfield fence was installed to replicate the fence at Original Field in Williamsport, where the first 12 Little League Baseball World Series were played.
In 2007, a new picnic shelter was added to the facility, along with new restrooms and a new scoreboard. Other recent improvements include additional seating and upgraded press facilities.