This year, I am sad to say, is the first year in a long time that I have not watched any part of the Little League World Series. So, of course, what I had been predicting to my family actually came true this year. The Keystone Little League all stars from Clinton County, PA about 20-30 minutes or so from my family's dairy farm made it to Williamsport, PA for the Little League World Series. Williamsport is only 1 hour away from the dairy farm. I had actually found out about the team from talking to my mother this past weekend AFTER the Little League World Series was over. So, finding out that my prediction, that I had been making ever since State College American lost in 2001 in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Final to Danny Almonte and his New York team, actually came true made me happy and sad at the same time.
My prediction was thus: That if a team within 1 hour or so driving time made it to the Little League World Series that Williamsport would be rockin'. My mother told me that 1) they had set records for attendance, 2) had to have their games rescheduled for night in order to control traffic, and 3) had a police and fire truck escort all the way from Mill Hall/Lock Haven on US220 to Williamsport. She, also, stated that people waited for 3 hours in line to get into the games played by the Pennsylvania team. Sadly, they eventually were eliminated by the California team, that went on to win the Championship game, in the losers bracket game before the American Final; but at least they had a very good showing, played well, and showed good sportsmanship.
I want to offer this team my congratulations and my apologies for not watching or following the games. I live out on the West Coast now and don't watch TV very much, but if I had known they had been playing, I would have made sure to watch the games somewhere.