Curt Austin, the father of Army Pfc. Barrett Austin, throws out the first pitch at the Big League World Series in Easley last Wednesday.
EASLEY — From the emotional first pitch last Wednesday to tonight’s championship game, set to be televised live on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m., the Big League World Series has once again brought attention from around the world to Easley’s J.B. “Red” Owens Complex.
BLWS organizers invited the family of Army Pfc. Barrett Austin, who died overseas in April from injuries sustained in an Afghanistan bombing, to throw out the tournament’s ceremonial first pitch. Surrounded by family, Austin’s father Curt tossed the ball to get the series under way.
The tournament has been full of surprises on the diamond, but perhaps none as big as the emergence of the Asia-Pacific champion Chinese Taipei squad, which bolted out to a 4-0 record on its way to the international semifinal game, played Tuesday after press time against Latin America.