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Federal declarations

August 24, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Sports reporter Dan Kauffman interviewed all 12 Federal All-Stars on Wednesday morning at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa., after Federal finished 2-1 and in third place in Pool A.

Josh Barron

Q: You came on in relief of Andrew Yacyk to finish off both victories against tough teams in Indiana and Louisiana. How did you handle the pressure?

A: I knew that I had to come in and hit my spots, do my best and try not to let my team down. It's a good feeling to know I saved the games. Winning two games at the Little League World Series is pretty cool.

Crosse Barvinchack

Q: Which teams do you think will meet in the United States championship game?

A: I think it could be Southwest (Louisiana) and West (Hawaii). If Southwest wins it all, we can say we're the only team to beat them. (NOTE: Hawaii defeated Louisiana 7-5 in Saturday's U.S. final.)

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Adam Blenckstone

Q: What was your favorite memory during the Little League World Series?

A: It was probably coming in to pitch in the second game against Northwest (Mill Creek, Wash.). I just went in there, pitched 2 2/3 innings and only gave up two hits and one run against a very good hitting team.

Ryan Byard

Q: What was your favorite memory during the Little League World Series?

A: Hitting the home run (against Louisiana). I can't believe I did it. The way we played against them, I thought that's how we should have played every game.

Mark Grunberg

Q: What was your favorite memory during the Little League World Series?

A: Making that catch (against Louisiana) and coming here as the first Federal team to play here and the third team from Hagerstown to play here. It's very weird, I never pictured myself being on (SportsCenter's) Top 10 plays, especially at this age.

Brady Hornbecker

Q: You were seen walking around the complex all week holding a sign that said, 'Free hugs.' Did it work?

A: It worked. We were just having a contest at first to see who could get the most hugs, and then I kept doing it with some friends.

Dalton Jobe

Q: Federal hit 49 home runs in 17 games this summer, and you had eight of them. What was it like being such a big part of this offense?

A: It was good. Our team has a lot of offense, we hit the ball really well and I was a part of it.

Nick Karlen

Q: Louisiana entered the final pool play game against Federal undefeated, so what was it like to beat them?

A: It was just really awesome. They're a great team with great pitchers, and we played our best and took them down.

Ryan Kinter

Q: What will you remember about the final World Series game, a 6-4 victory over Louisiana?

A: It was nice to win because it was our last game ever in Little League. It was nice to win and say we went 2-1 in the Little League World Series and had a winning record.

Josh Moats

Q: Federal has been on the road for three weeks, first in Bristol, Conn., and then here at the World Series. What has this experience been like?

A: It's been awesome. We met a whole bunch of different people and played in lots of different places. When I was a little kid, it was always my dream to play in the Little League World Series. Every kid wants to get here and play, and doing it is a dream come true.

Zane Schreiber

Q: What was your favorite memory during the Little League World Series?

A: Just being here and winning the two games and hitting the home run (against Louisiana). I didn't really know it was going to be gone, I thought the left fielder would get it, so I was running really hard. I was surprised when it went out.

Andrew Yacyk

Q: What went through your mind when you hit one of the longest home runs of the World Series against Louisiana?

A: I was just trying to make contact and swing level. As soon as I hit it, I knew it was gone, and it was cool to hear the fans react. Hitting a home run in Lamade, it's the best home run of my life.

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