FARMINGTON — The Connie Mack World Series got underway with pool play on Friday and Saturday, bracket play beginning Sunday, and two New Mexican teams in the 12-team field of 18-under age group baseball.
The Southwest champion Albuquerque Baseball Academy team managed by Tim Campos has a win, a loss and a draw in pool play after beating the Dallas Tigers 9-4 early Saturday. Akili Harris went 3-for-4, Sydney Ward scored twice and Eduardo Cardenas drove in three runs for ABA.
On Friday, AB lost 15-3 to Southern California Renegades, then tied the Dulins Dodgers 9-9 in six innings.
The host Farmington team, 505 Panthers managed by John Kuhn, was 1-1 heading into a late Saturday game vs. Elite Squad Gulf South. Josh Wulfert was 3-for-4 and scored twice in a 3-1 win over UBC National, then lost 5-4 to D-Bat United on Friday.
Play converts to double-elimination bracket format on Sunday with the championship game set for this coming Saturday.