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Local youth baseball players to be parade grand marshals

August 29, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Members of the Federal Little League 11-12 All-Stars and Hagerstown PONY League 14-year-old All-Star teams will be the co-grand marshals of this year's Alsatia Mummers Parade.

Hagerstown and Washington County officials held a press conference Thursday at City Hall to make the Mummers Parade announcement and discuss several events that have been scheduled to honor the players, who advanced to the World Series in their respective leagues earlier this month.

"It was a great experience ... We absolutely want to thank everyone," Federal Little League manager Bill Abeles said. "We really had no sense of the following until we got to Williamsport (Pa.), and we saw 4,000 or 5,000 people in the stands dressed in orange."

Joel Pagliaro, director of promotions for the Hagerstown Suns, said the players from both teams have been invited Sunday to Municipal Stadium to take batting and infield practice with the Suns before their game with the Lake County Captains. The Suns will reduce the admission price to $1 for any child wearing a Little League jersey or cap.

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"It's a great achievement that really should be recognized," Pagliaro said.

The Suns followed the Federal and PONY teams as they battled their way through their tournaments, Pagliaro said. The crowd "would go nuts" when the scores were announced during games, he said.

In addition to their local honors, the Federal Little League team is to take batting practice with the Baltimore Orioles before a doubleheader on Sept. 6 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, said Heather Barnhart, Federal's events coordinator. The players will watch the game from the governor's box.

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