Colt World Series about more than just baseball

MARION, Ill. (KBSI) – The Colt World Series had gone without international teams since 2019 because of COVID-19.

However, that all changed Friday when teams from Paderborn, Germany, and Monterey, Mexico, squared off in game two of this year’s tournament.

Colt World Series Chairperson Rachel Stroud said it feels right having teams from across the globe back at Rent One Park for the first time in three years. 

“Everything feels very whole getting to have our friends from around the world back in Marion for the Colt World Series,” she said.

Even though members of these teams speak different languages, they can unite over the game that they love. 

“We have a plethora of tongues spoken, but one thing we all understand is what’s happening on the field, and that’s a language that these student-athletes can really just bond over and start to form relationships and see that there’s more commonalities than differences,” Stroud said.

This year’s Colt World Series features nine teams from four different countries in the Colt 16U division of PONY Baseball.

Colt World Series Tournament Director Steve Miller is also PONY Baseball and Softball’s North Zone Vice President.

He said PONY, which stands for “Protect Our Nation’s Youth,” is about more than just baseball.

“We do our best to protect our nation’s youth in any way we can,” he said. “Our goal is to provide an atmosphere for them to play baseball in, but it’s also our goal to provide a way to learn to be a better citizen and a way to represent your community, volunteerism. PONY does a lot other than playing a baseball game.”

Games at Rent One Park run through Tuesday, August 2.

Earlier this week, PONY Baseball and Softball agreed to a five-year contract extension with Marion Stadium, LLC, to keep the Colt World Series at Rent One Park through 2027.

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