SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Thunderstorms may have kept the Federal 11-12 All-Stars from playing their first Little League World Series game Friday night, but it didn't keep them from an experience of a lifetime.
Before heavy rain washed out Federal's game against Jeffersonville, Ind. - it is rescheduled for 10 a.m. today at Volunteer Stadium and will be televised on ESPN2 - Federal took the field for infield practice and was greeted by a tremendous ovation from what appeared to be more than 1,000 fans packing the first-base bleachers.
"What was particularly impressive was when we went out for our infield and heard this huge roar," Federal manager Bill Abeles said. "That was the first time our kids really understood the degree to which Hagerstown is supporting them."
The day began with opening ceremonies, including the "Parade of Champions" when all 16 teams took the Volunteer Stadium field while carrying their regional championship banners. A smaller group of fans enthusiastically greeted the Federal All-Stars when they were announced.