About the EventBack to Top of List
Taking place in Washington Park at historic Lew Hays PONY Field from Aug. 11-16, the DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series welcomes 10 teams composed of 13-14-year-old players from around the globe.
PONY Baseball and Softball™ began with the organization of the Pony League in Washington, PA in the summer of 1951. This was a transition league for 13-year-old and 14-year-old players designed to take graduates of Little League baseball from that diamond to the regulation size diamond. The growth of Pony League, primarily by word of mouth, was rapid, and by the end of the second season, 1952, the original six teams in Washington were joined by 505 others in 106 leagues around the country. A national tournament was conducted, and the first Pony League World Series was held that year.
With teams from Germany, Nicaragua, Mexico, Japan and more to be named soon, this annual tournament is one of Washington County’s most electrifying events, and is a great outing for sports fans of any age. The daily admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 14.
Where to StayBack to Top of List
If you’re planning on attending the entire tournament or just one game, Washington County offers some grand slam lodging options. Checkout our nearby recommendations.
- The George Washington Hotel — a historic hotel located in downtown Washington PA that is in walking distance to a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment options
- SpringHill Suites by Marriott Pittsburgh Washington — a budget-friendly lodging option that offers a complimentary buffet-style breakfast, an indoor pool, updated suites and a fitness center
- Washington/Pittsburgh SW KOA Journey — for those looking to camp or bring their RV this local facility offers a pool, laundry and propane hookups
- Hampton Inn Washington — located minutes from downtown Washington, this budget-friendly hotel offers free Wi-Fi and breakfast
Where to EatBack to Top of List
If you’re looking to eat something besides hotdogs and popcorn at the ballpark all week, there is no need to travel far. With options only blocks away, there are dining options for every taste and budget.
- The Luxury Box Sports Bar and Grille — a local sports bar and grille offering award-winning wings, draft beers and more than a dozen TVs for watching your favorite teams
- Ala Maria’s — a small, family-owned Italian eatery offering gnocchi, ravioli, lasagna, soups and more
- Krency’s Ice Cream — a local favorite for more than 50 years that offers diner-like sandwiches, ice cream, cookies and more
- The Lab at Armen’s Barrels — an upscale restaurant that offers contemporary dishes, alongside a working barrelhouse, distillery and winery
Other ActivitiesBack to Top of List
If you need a break from the action on the diamond, Washington County has activities for all ages. Here are some nearby options in case you don’t want to be far from the tournament action.
- Bradford House Museum — get a taste of history and learn about Washington County’s participation in the Whiskey Rebellion
- The Washington Breakroom — a locally-owned destination where participants can safely “smash” bottles, TVs, furniture and more
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Amira’s Antique Apothecary — local thrift and specialty stops within walking distance of Washington Park