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Federal facing opponent with a GameFace

August 13, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

It's a small World Series after all.

Federal Little League in Hagerstown is scheduled to face Jeffersonville, Ind., in the Little League World Series on Friday, but the two leagues already have a connection -- through a facial injury.

During Jeffersonville's game on Friday, a ground ball broke second baseman Ben Shahroudi's nose, according to a story by WLKY, a TV station in Louisville, Ky.

On Saturday, Shahroudi was back on the field, wearing a mask to protect his face.

Jerry Spessard of Hagerstown said he was watching Saturday's game on TV and recognized the mask. It was the GameFace he created years ago.

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The GameFace protects the face, without covering the eye area, allowing better visibility.

Spessard said he broke his nose playing baseball when he was 12 years old. Many years later, he wanted to develop something to lessen the chance of injury for players.

Spessard said he coached Federal's all-star team for three years in the 1990s, around the time GameFace came out on the market.

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