Scene and heard at Conococheague

July 25, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

A bit of controversy follows first game

There was Little League Baseball drama Saturday apart from the action on the field.

South Caroline from District 6 defeated East Frederick from District 2 in the opening game of the tournament by a score of 3-2.

But there was a question whether a boy who pitched for South Caroline - and struck out several East Frederick batters - was living with his legal guardian.

At least one person involved with the game thought the matter was resolved later in the afternoon, but others said it wasn't.


However, Keith Christopher, the District 6 administrator, said in a telephone interview Saturday evening, "It's all been resolved. He's eligible."

Little League Baseball says that a player's residence is "the residence of the parent or legal guardian, as shown on forms of identification that are acceptable to Little League."

If a player is not living with his parent or guardian, he could be ruled ineligible and the team could be forced to forfeit.

South Caroline is scheduled to play Maugansville from District 1 today at 4 p.m.

Parents profess allegiances by painting their vehicles

"West is Best," said the tan Odyssey minivan from West Salisbury.

"Mean Green Hittin Machines!!!" said the blue Altima from East Frederick.

When it's Little League championship time, parents profess their allegiances on their vehicles. Many side and rear windows were decorated Saturday with slogans, designs and players' names.

Mary Ann Hammerle, the mother of East Frederick player Stephen Hammerle, said window writing was new for her until Friday night. When she saw some vehicles with writing on them, she bought some "car chalk" and marked up her own windows Saturday morning.

According to state law, the writing is legal only if you can see through it, said Sgt. Tim Baker of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. The same applies to stickers.

"It's supposed to not interfere with (a driver's) sight," Baker said.

Concession stand stays busy on first day of tournament

A sunny sky sent flocks of spectators to the concession stand at Ebersole Field at Byron Memorial Park in Williamsport, home of this year's Little League Baseball state championship tournament.

"It's been pretty busy, pretty much nonstop, since we opened," said Darcy Munro, who was selling food and drinks. Munro is the mother of a player in the Junior League division and one in the Minor League division.

The top seller?

"Snow cones," she said. "Anything cold."

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