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Jul, 2017

Tropical Cyclone Nanmadol rains out Asia-Pacific Zone Bronco & Pony Championships

PONY Baseball and the Asia-Pacific Zone have announced that Saitama, Japan and Seoul, Korea will represent the Zone in the Bronco and Pony World Series, respectively, after the Asia-Pacific Zone Bronco and Pony Championships were rained out due to Tropical Cyclone Nanmadol, which hit Japan during the tournaments.

After completing one, full day of pool play on July 3, play was suspended on July 4 because of rain, as the tropical cyclone made landfall. Pool play resumed on July 5 and the tournament completed nearly all of the day’s games before more rain washed out the late afternoon games. 

Additional rain, which caused play to be suspended, continued on July 6. This is when PONY Asia-Pacific Zone officials and the teams’ coaches determined that there would not be enough time to continue pool play. The Host Tournament Directors and respective country delegates agreed upon the following four teams, in both age categories, continuing on in the semifinal rounds, since they were the four leaders of their respective pools when play was suspended: Chinese Taipei, two teams from Japan and Korea.

PONY officials and the teams hoped to play out the semifinal and final rounds of the tournaments on July 7 in time for the teams to return on their predetermined flights back home, but unfortunately, rain, which caused the fields to become unplayable, did not allow those games to be played. It was then determined by the Asia-Pacific Zone officials that Saitama, Japan will represent the Zone in the Bronco World Series and Seoul, Korea will represent the Zone in the Pony World Series.

“We want to thank our Asia-Pacific Zone member countries for their patience, perseverance and determination during the unfortunate events of Tropical Cyclone Nanmadol,” stated Abraham Key, President and CEO of PONY Baseball and Softball. “The tropical storm created a unique set of circumstances, rescheduling and eventual championship determination. The situation was beyond the control of our tournament host Fukuoka, Japan and the tournament directors. Our thanks to all involved.”

Saitama will begin its journey toward Japan’s potential first Bronco World Series championship Thursday, Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. PST/U.S. against the South Zone Champion in Los Alamitos, California. Representing the Asia-Pacific Zone for the first time since 1997, Seoul, South Korea will face the winner of Game #1 between Mexico Zone Champion, Guasave, Sinaloa and the Caribbean Zone Champion in Game #5 at 5:30 p.m. ET/U.S. on Saturday, Aug. 12 in Washington, Pennsylvania. You can follow all the action from both of those tournaments on PONY.org and PONY’s social media.

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