ANDALUSIA, Ala. -- For the second year in a row, the Othello 12U Stars are in the Babe Ruth Softball World Series.
The reigning Pacific Northwest regional champion will open the 12-team tournament in Andalusia, Ala., against Franklin, La., at 3:30 p.m. today.
Othello, Lodi, Calif., and Oviedo, Fla., are back from last year's World Series, won by host team Santa Fe (Alachua, Fla.).
"It surprised me at the quality of teams last year," Othello head coach Gilbert Franco said. "We went 1-4, and it woke us up."
After today, Othello will have four more pool-play games, against Mineral Area, Mo. (8:30 a.m. Friday), Alexander City, Ala. (5:30 p.m. Friday), Fern Creek, Ky. (6:30 a.m. Saturday) and tournament host Andalusia (3:30 p.m. Saturday).