These Interleagues bring together the 12 French leagues, including Corsica, in several categories: selections from the regional leagues 12U/Major and 15U/Senior. ” This competition is very important, because it is a qualifier for the Little League Europe Baseball, a qualifying competition for the Little League World Series which is played in the USA.explains Jeff Sandy, sports director of the “I Pastori” club in Aléria. Jeff is an American from Philadelphia, married to a Corsican, and since his retirement the couple has settled in the Eastern Plain. He transmits to young people his passion for this national sport in the States.
Baseball has also been the passion of Robert Pasqualini for years, who created the Bulldogs ten years ago in Bastia. Long alone to practice this discipline on the island, the Bastia club was recently joined by 2 structures in Ajaccio and one in Aléria. The discipline is managed by a Corsican league which intends to rely on youth to promote and popularize this sport. ” This Interleague is an opportunity for our young people to confront their counterparts from the continent, often at a very high level. “Emphasizes the Bastia president for his part. ” Until now we had never been able to participate in this competition, because we did not have enough young people. It will be a great first. We go there with certain objectives, such as winning 1 or 2 wins against teams of our level ».
A group of 15 players
It is a group of 15 players, including 5 girls, and 5 coaches who will fly to Aquitaine on the 24th. On site, in Pineuilh, nearly 400 kids will be in the running. ” In addition to the U12s, there is also a competition for the U15s, but in Corsica we do not have enough licensees to set up a team. of this category R. Pasqualini emphasizes. ” It’s really a big gathering with very high level selections like Ile de France, PACA or Occitanie “. Corsica was inserted into Pool A alongside Île-de-France, Centre, Grand Est, New Aquitaine and Occitanie. Les Insulaires will begin the competition on Friday, August 25 against Nouvelle Aquitaine and then continue against the Center and L’Île-de-France. On Saturday they will face Occitanie then the Grand Est. A 6th classification match is then scheduled with a Pool B club.
« Representing Corsica at this level is a great emulation for our kids. Whatever the result, it will remain a great experience, a very good memory.“. A sentiment enthusiastically shared by J. Sandy. ” We do not pretend to fight for qualification, but we hope to win one or two victories. You should know that our players with an average age of 10 and 1/2 years have only one year of practice and that they will be confronted with young people of 12 years old who have been playing for 4 to 5 years. . It can only be good for them “. And baseball has good years ahead of it on the island since at the start of the school year in September the league will have 3 additional clubs: Calvi, Propriano and Porticcio.
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