Thunder Bay to host 2017 U18 Baseball WC

Riccardo Fraccari. (Victor R. Caivano/AP)

PRAGUE, Czech Republic – The 2017 under-18 Baseball World Cup will be held in Thunder Bay, Ont.

The city was one of three named by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

Taichung, Taiwan, will host the new U-21 Baseball World Cup, in which 12 countries will participate this year from Nov. 7-16.

Nishinomiya, Hyogo, in Japan was selected as the host of the next U-18 Baseball World Cup in 2015. Japan also will host the Women’s Baseball World Cup this September in Miyazaki.

"Securing such high-quality hosts for our events is a key indicator of baseball and softball’s global appeal, popularity and development, and of the lasting legacy and value returned to the host communities in various countries," said WBSC co-president Riccardo Fraccari.

Thunder Bay had been trying to win the 2015 under-18 event. It hosted the same event in 2010, although it was then called the World Junior Baseball Championship.