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The boys of summer are from Pennsylvania

Red Land

By: Jordan Burt

The summer may be coming to a close, but the baseball season is in full swing. Many MLB teams are fighting for division titles and playoff sports. However, another chase for a championship is brewing in the baseball world — the chase to be the Little League World Series champions. The games started this past Friday and have been better than advertised. But the standout team on the United states side of the bracket is the Red Land Little League team from Lewisberry, Pennsylvania. They have blown away their competition this entire summer, including a 23-0 and 25-1 thrashing of their opponents in the district tournament as well as 20-0 and 17-0 victories in the state tournament.

These boys did not let up at all when they reached the regional tournament in Bristol, Connecticut. They won all three of their games by a combined score of 34-5 and advanced to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

This team from a small town about 22 miles outside of Williamsport has put on an offensive showing so far this summer and did not let up in their first LLWS game. Red Land gave up just two hits while scoring 18 runs in the first three innings to cruise past the Midwest team from Missouri. Going into Sunday night’s game against a gritty Southeast team, Northwood Little League, the red Land pitching staff has a 16-inning scoreless streak that dated back to their regional semifinal win over New Jersey.

So, it came as a shock to many when the Southeast team from South Carolina took an 8-6 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning (Little League only plays six innings). It was the first time this Pennsylvania squad had been trailing all summer. But, in spectacular fashion, Cole Wagner, arguably the team’s best player, knocked in the winning runs and gave Red Land a walk-off win.

Their next game is Wednesday night against Southwest champions out of Pearland, Texas; the winner will advance to the United State Championship game on Saturday.

If this team from Lewisberry can reach the LLWS title game, they will be the first team from Pennsylvania to do so since 1990 and will possibly give the state it’s first LLWS Champion since 1960. Furthermore, the Mid-Atlanta region is looking for it’s first LLWS Champion since Toms River, NY won it in 1998.

With their offensive firepower and proven defense, this team can make their dreams a reality. If you’re still skeptical, just ask any one of the 33,674 fans who went to watch their walk-off win against South Carolina. These guys are the real deal.

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3 Responses to “The boys of summer are from Pennsylvania”
  1. EMAN says:

    Fantastic approach to recognizing and appreciating what baseball is all about. Best article I’ve read today…

  2. Michael Weinberg says:

    Most informative. Cant wait to see the game Wed.

  3. Marci Burt says:

    Great article– very well written! What I loved about this article was the enthusiasm and passion that came through in Jordan’s writing. Loved it!