2013 Little League Baseball World Series Challenger Exhibition Game – Better Quality Version 2


>>>IT IS A GORGEOUS DAY FOR BASEBALL FOR THE 67th ANNUAL LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES FROM VOLUNTEER STADIUM. YOU WILL SEE PLENTY OF SMILES AND EVERYBODY GOESES HOME A WINNER. HI, EVERYBODY. I’M HERE WITH DR. GERALD BURNETT AT VOLUNTEER STADIUM IN SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA FOR THE CHALLENGER EXPEDITION GAME. YOU HAVE BEEN LOVING IT FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS. >>EVERYBODY WILL SEE THE JOY OF YOUTH SPORTS TODAY. LAUGHTER, CHEERING AND HIGH FIVES. KIDS WORKING HARD ON SKILLS. SOME MOMENTS THAT TOUCH YOUR HEART. YOU WILL SEE FEEL-GOOD TV. >>CHALLENGER EXHIBITION, COMING UP NEXT.>>TODAY’S SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF THE 2013 LITTLE LEAGUE CHALLENGER EXHIBITION GAME IS MADE POSSIBLBY -E ->>IT’S THE CHALLENGER EXHIBITION GAME PRESENTED BY THE FIRST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION PARTNERSHIP.>>WELL, YOU CAN’T GET BETTER WEATHER THAN THIS. IT WILL BE 82 DEGREES. A BEAUTIFUL MORNING IN VOLUNTEER STADIUM WHERE LATER JAPAN AND MEXICO AND WEST PORT, CONNECTICUT AND CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA, PLAY IN THE FINALS. FIRST IT IS THE 13th ANNUAL CHALLENGER EXHIBITION GAME. I’M GARY CRISPIN WITH DR. GERALD BURNETT. A MAN WHO LOVES THIS MAN. LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS. HOW ABOUT THIS GAME?>>IT’QTUTS BEEN GOING ON FOR 1 YEARS NOW. WE WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE IDEA OF SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS HAVING A GOOD TIME. WE WANT TO GIVE THEM AN AUDIENCE. IT POINTS OUT THAT WE ARE HERE FOR THE WORLD SERIES, TALKING ABOUT THE BRASS RING OF THE WORLD SERIES THING. THIS IS THE FUN, LEARNING SKILLS, HAVING A GOOD TIME. WE WANT TO PINPOINT THAT. >>THIS CHALLENGER DIVISION HAS BEEN AROUND 21 YEARS. IT WAS A GREAT DIVISION ON THE PART OF LITTLE LEAGUE GETTING EVERY KID INVOLVED AND A CHANCE TO PLAY. WHEN YOU SEE SMILES LATER TODAY.>>OH, YEAH. >>LET’S TALK ABOUT THE TEAMS. IT’S AN HONOR AND A THRILL TO GET HERE. >>A LOTíç OF PEOPLE APPLY. THEY HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING TO WARRANT COMING. THE TEAMS — WE HAVE ONE FROM CHICAGO. DISTRICT 13. THEY HAVE BEEN IN EXISTENCE SINCE 1994. 165 PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE. TODAY THEY ARE BRINGING THREE LEAGUES WITH 15 KIDS. ON THE OTHER SIDE, FROM CALIFORNIA FROM THE BAY AREA, IT’S DISTRICT 57. SAME THING. THEY HAVE BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR 23 YEARS. GOT 150 KIDS. THEY’RE BRINGING FIVE LEAGUES WITH KIDS OF 15 PLAYERS. >>YOU HAVE GREAT PASSION FOR THE GAME. THE 2007 CHALLENGER AWARD WINNER OF LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL. THE NATIONAL WINNER. LITTLE LEAGUE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. >>YEAH. >>WHEN YOU SAW YOUR FIRST CHALLENGER GAME, THE KIDS OUT THERE, YOU GOT HOOKED. >>I GOT HOOKED FROM DAY ONE.>>HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?>>AS I MENTIONED THIS IS PURE SPORT. THIS IS YOUTH SPORES AS IT SHOULD BE. KIDS JUST HAVING FUN. WATCH THE ENERGY AND THE EFFORT THEY ARE PUTTING INTO PLAYING IS WONDERFUL. >>THIS IS A GAME YOU’RKUéUUUE GOING TO KEEP ]ÑóÑ■Ñó■]■óÑSCOREy IT WILL BE GOOD. LET’S GO TO TOM. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IT’S BEEN A PLEASURE ONCE AGAIN THIS YEAR COVERING THE WORLD SERIES GAMES FOR THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES RADIO NETWORK. THIS AFTERNOON, THIS GAME TODAY IS A HIGHLIGHT. YOU WILL FIND OUT WHY IN A FEW MINUTES. WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO SEE RESEMBLES TYPICAL LITTLE LEAGUE GAMES. EVERYBODY PLAYS. SAME EQUIPMENT. SAME UNIFORM. WHEN A PLAYER COMES TO BAT YOU MAY SEE A COMBINATION OF COACH PITCH AND HITTING OFF THE TEE. THEY WILL HAVE A BUDDY NEARBY TO ASSIST THEM. WHEN THE LAST PERSON COMES TO THE PLATE IN THE INNING AND THE ONE INNING CONTEST, THEY WILL CLEAR THE BASES. THAT’S SOMETHING TRULY TO BE SEEN. I CHALLENGE YOU TO COUNT THE NUMBER OF SMILES. GARY?>>IT’S GOING TO BE FUN. WE ARE MINUTES AWAY. VERY QUICKLY, WE’LL SET OUR STARTING LINE-UP FOR TODAY’S GAME. OF COURSE WE HAVE OUR BUDDY PRESENTATI, TOONO. EVERY PLAYER HAS A BUDDY IF THEY NEED A LITTLE BIT OF HELP. >>THAT’S AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE PROGRAM. TODAY NEED THEIR BUDDIES AND INTERACT. THEY DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS. WE’LL TALK ABOUT IT LATER IN THE GAME. >>RIGHT NOW WE’RE READY TO GO TO MARTY FOR THE CHALLENGER MEDAL PRESENTATION.>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS ANDUjZÑuG GIRLS, WELCOME TO VOL STADIUM AND THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES CHALLENGER GAME. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] AT THIS TIME WE’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE TEAMS TO YOU, THE REASON WE ARE HERE, AND ALSO THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES CHALLENGER MEDALS WILL BE PRESENTED. PRESENTING THE MEDALS WILL BE THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND PRESIDENT OF LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL, DR. GILL MORE, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL INTERNATIONAL AND ASSISTING THEM WILL BE ROBIN YOUNG, ALL-STAR PLAYER WITH THE MILWAUKEE BREWERS. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] AND NOW FOR THE PLAYERS. FROM ILLINOIS’S DISTRICT 13, NUMBER 7, TOMMY MARGOLITZ. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] NUMBER 10, JACOB DONAHUE. NUMBER 50, NATHAN LARSON. NUMBER 13, JORDAN LOMAX. NUMBER 24, MATTHEW KENNEDY. NUMBER 17, JONATHAN FURY. NUMBER 72, WILL HAYS. NUMBER 13, DANNY HORNER. NUMBER 23, JORDAN ARRAS. NUMBER 2, JEFFREY BOSTON. NUMBER 3, RYAN SANTIAGO. NUMBER 36, KAYLA GRAZIANO. NUMBER 11, DEREK MILES. NUMBER 47, MATTHEW WILLIAMS. AND NUMBER 2, CAMERON YELL. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THE MANAGERER FOR DISTRICT 13’S TEAM IS MARK JOHNSON. COACHES ROCHELLE DONAHUE, MIKE PATTERSON, AND PAUL WILLIAMS. THE 2013 CHALLENGER TEAM FROM ILLINOIS’S DISTRICT 13. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>I TRUST IN GOD. I LOVE MY COUNTRY. I WILL RESPECT ITS LAWS. I WILL PLAY FAIR. I WILL STRIVE TO WIN. WIN OR LOSE , I WILL ALWAYS DO MY BEST. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ];;>>THE PARENTS’ PLEDGE. >>I WILL TEACH ALL CHILDREN TO PLAY FAIR AND DO THEIR BEST. I WILL POSITIVELY SUPPORT ALL MANAGERS, COACHES, AND PLAYERS. I WILL RESPECT THE DECISIONS OF THE UMPIRE. I WILL PRAISE THE GOOD EFFORT DESPITE THE OUTCOME OF THE GAME. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>NOW, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, FOR OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM. OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM TODAY WILL BE SUNG BY AMY YODER WAY ALONG WITH MATTHEW WILLIAMS AND JACOB DONAHUE FROM THE CHICAGO TEAM. ♪ O SAY, CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT ♪ ♪ WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING? ♪ ♪ WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT ♪ ♪ O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING? ♪ ♪ AND THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR ♪ ♪ GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE ♪ ♪ OH, SAY, DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE ♪ ♪ O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE ♪ ♪ AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE? ♪♪ [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]■A■A■AxAI Gçws>>>LADI÷ç?■OqcS’sgsy÷ón]sO WILL H7çOPzsgsAVE A FIRSTgsgS’s q CEREgsgsgsMONY. PLEASE DIRECT YOUR A■aCúAúAú0ú0 THE PITCHERS’ MOUND WHERE WE ARE PLEASED TO INTRODUCE AND CONGRATULATE AN INDIVIDUAL WHOSE SUPPORT AND VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT ALLOWS DEVELOPMENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED CHILDREN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY LITTLE LEAGUE. HE’S WORKED TIRELESSLY TO EXPAND THE CHALLENGER DIVISION ACROSS THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WHERE HE HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF ORGANIZING THE CHALLENGER EVENT HELD YEARLY AT THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES AND THE CHALLENGER JAMBOREE IN PORTLAND. JOIN US IN WELCOMING TO THROW OUT THE FIRST PITCH FOR THE 2013 WORLD SERIES CHALLENGER GAME, THE 2013 AWARD RE SIP YENT FROM OREGON DISTRICT FOR BEAVERTON OREGON, DAN VERDR N.EE [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>STRIKE!>>WE’D LIKE TO THANK THE PARTICIPATING STATIONS AND NETWORKS CARRYING THE 2013 CHALLENGER EXHIBITION GAME. WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE SO MANY VIEWERS AROUND THE NATION. STAY TUNED. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK AFTER THIS MESSAGE FROM LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL INTERNATIONAL.>>I AM LITTLE LEAGUE!>>WE ARE LITTLE LEAGUE. >>I AM LITTLE LEAGUE.>>SPORTSMANSHIP, TEAMWORK, CHARACTER. LITTLE LEAGUE, BIG DREAMS.>>WE ARE BACK. WE ARE GOING TO SET OUR STARTING LINE-UPS FOR THE GAME TODAY. FOR THE CLUB OUT OF THE CHALLENGER ILLINOIS WORLD SERIES TEAM, TOMMY VAN GARGULYK STARTING. JACOB DONAHUE HITS SECOND. NATHAN LARSON WEARS NUMBER 50, BATS THIRD. JORDAN LOMAX, BATTING THIRD. MATTHEW KENNEDY KITDING FIFTH IN NUMBER 24 AND JONATHAN FURY, NUMBER 17, BATS SIXTH. WILL HAYES, NUMBER 72, BATS 7th. DANNY CORNER BATS NUMBER 8. JORDAN HARRIS, NUMBER 9 WEARING NUMBER 23. JEFFREY BOSTON BATS TENTH AND WEARS NUMBER 2. RYAN SANTIAGO BATS 11th. WEARS NUMBER 3. KAYLA GRAZIANO BATS 12 AND WEARS NUMBER 36. DEREK MILES WILL WEAR NUMBER 11. BATS 13th. MATTHEW WILLIAMS WILL BAT 14th WEARING NUMBER 47. CAMERON YELL IS GOING TO BE BATTING NUMBER 15 AND, OF COURSE, NUMBER 2. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MANAGER AND COACHES OF TEAM FROM CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.>>THAT’S RIGHT. THE MANAGER — >>MANAGER FOR CHICAGO, AGAIN, THERE THEY ARE. MARK JOHNSON IS THE MANAGER. ROCHELLE DONAHUE ASSISTANT COACH. PAUL WILLIAMS ASSISTANT COACH AND MIKE PATTERSON IS THE ASSISTANT COACH FOR THIS TEAM OUT OF DISTRICT 13. FROM THE CHICAGO AREA. NOW OUT OF SAN FRANCISCO AREA, THE BAY AREA, SAN FRANCISCO, OKAY HAND MAKING UP FIVE DIFFERENT LEAGUES IN THE BAY AREA AND TEN DIFFERENT LITTLE LEAGUE TEAMS. STACY ELLIOT LEADS OFF AND WEARS NUMBER 10. TATIANA WEARS NUMBER 2. SHE’S BATTING TWO. WEARING 8 AND BATTING THIRD IS ALEX SWARTZ. BATTING FOURTH IN NUMBER 3 IS BLAKE SMITH. BATTING FIVE AND WEARING NUMBER 15, ANGELINA HERMAN. BY THE WAY, THAT IS HER BIRTHDAY TODAY. SHE’S 13. NUMBER 38, BATTING 6th IS CURT CHARLES. IT WILL BE NUMBER 7 IN ORDER, ROBERT BOSWELL. NUMBER 8 IN THE LINE-UP, GREG WARRING TON. NUMBER 9, GABRIEL REDDING. KEITH BROWN. ANNA KAY LIE. NUMBER 12 IN THE LINE-UP, JOSHUA PERRY. NUMBER 13 IS NICOLE RAMIE. NUMBER 14, HITTING 14th, JOSHUA LEHMAN AND KENNY SCHLAGEL. A HERMAN IS THE MANAGER. WE’RE READY TO PLAY BASEBALL TODAY FROM VOLUNTEER STADIUM. WE’RE SET FOR OUR FIRST BATTER. STEPPING IN WILL BE TOMMY VARGULIK FOR THE THIS TEAM OUT OF ILLINOIS. TOMMY WILL BE THE FIRST MAN UP. WEARS NUMBER 7. THEY HAVE THE COLORS OF THE FIGHTING ILLINI. THEY LOOK LIKE NEW UNIFORMS. >>THEY’RE BEAUTIFUL. THE INTERESTING STORY ABOUT TOMMY IS HIS DADCTUA ALLY PLAYED IN THE 1972 INDIANA LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES TEAM FROM HAMMOND. THEY WON THE U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP.>>THAT’S A GREAT STORY. THERE IS ALWAYS GREAT COLOR. WE ALSO HEARD THE AUSTRALIAN TEAM STICKING AROUND. FIRST TIME EVER IN THE WORLD SERIES. THEY HAVE OFFERED THEIR SERVICES TODAY AT THIS CHALLENGER EXHIBITION GAME. THE FIRST COUPLE OF YEARS LOCAL TEAMS PLAYED. THEY STARTED BRANCHING AROUND THE COUNTRY AND PRETTY EXCITING AS THEY ARE GETTING WARM-UP PITCHES DOWN HERE TO START THE GAME. >>GIVING THE CATCHER PRACTICE THERE. HE KNOWS WHAT HE’S DOING. >>IT WILL BE TOMMY VARGULIK, COB DONAHUE AND NATHAN LARSON IN THAT ORDER.>>THIS IS INTERESTING. THEY ALL PUT DOWN THEIR FAVORITE PLAYER. HE HAS ALBERT PUJOLS. MOST PICK THE CUBS.>>I KNOW YOU LOVE WHEN WE TALK ABOUT FAVORITE TV SHOWS BUT FAVORITE FOOD IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITES. >>TOMMY RUNS THE GAUNTLET HERE. HE LIKES HOT DOGS, CHEESE PIZZA, PASTA. THERE’S NOTHING HE DOESN’T LIKE.>>HERE COMES TOMMY VARGULIK. >>COME ON, TOMMY. >>SNAP IT IN.>>JUST WATCH. HE’S GOT THE STANCE. LOOK AT THAT. HE’S READY. LOTS OF EFFORT THEY PUT INTO IT. COME ON, TOMMY. HERE IT COMES.yy GOOD LEVEL SWING. THAT’S IT. THAT’S IT.[kmçm;?T)íToj]=K THE COACHES WILL PITCH THE BALL TO HIM. THERE IT IS. THERE HE GOES!>>GREAT JOB. HE’LL RUN DOWN TO FIRST. >>THROW TO FIST. GOOD FIELD.>>TOMMY VARGULIK IS GOING TO REACH SAFELY AT FIRST.>>WAY TO GO, TOMMY. >>TALK ABOUT A THRILL AND THE SMILE OF THE KIDS. WE HAVE SEEN KIDS YOU KNOW ARE WATCHING PLAYERS ON TV. WE’LL HAVE A HOT DOG OR TWO HERE. >>YOU CAN GUARANTEE IT.>>HERE COMES JACOB DONAHUE FROM ILLINOIS. WEARS NUMBER 10. >>HE LIKES PAUL CONERKOS.>>ZACK DONAHUE IS HIS BUDDY. >>LOOK AT THAT SHOT. >>GOOD SHOT BACK TO THIRD.>>LOOK AT THIS. >>WARRINGING SCOOPS IT UP. GOOD JOBLE BY GREG WARRINGTON OUT OF CALIFORNIA. GREAT STORY WE’LL TALK ABOUT HIM LATER. >>VARGULIK AND DONAHUE ON BASE. THAT BRINGS UP NATHAN LARSON. >>NATHAN IS A SCOOBY DOO GUY. >> HE’S A TRAVIS WOOD MAN. HE LIKES THAT GRAB. HERE HE COMES. LEFTY GETTING LINED UP. THE BUDDIES ARE VERY HELPFUL. NICE TOUCH.>>FAVORITE TEAM. IS THERE A FAVORITE TEAM?>>HE’S A CUBS MAN.>>GOT TO BE.>>THERE ARE A FEW WHITE SOX FANS. THAT’S A GOOD STROKE.>>EVERYBODY REACHES BASE. EVERYBODY WILL GET A CHANCE TO MAKE CONTACT TODAY. >>WHAT YOU HAVE TO REALIZE IS THE CONSTANT EFFORT THEOF KIDS. THEY KEEP TRYING AND TRYING. LOOK AT THAT. RIGHT DOWN THE LINE. >>RIGHT BACK TO THE PITCHER. HE’LL TRY TO RUN IT OVER THERE. NICE PLAY. AND THE BASES ARE LOADED.>>TOMMY COMING TO THIRD. ALL RIGHT.>>TOMMY VARGULIK IS AT THIRD. JACOB DONAHUET A SECOND. LARSON AT THIRD. LET’S GO TO TOM.>>TO MY LEFT ARE MARK AND LAURA ANDERS WHOSE SON JEFF IS A BUDDY FOR THE YOUNG MAN AT THE PLATE NOW, JORDAN LOMAX. HOW DID YOUR SON BECOME A BUDDY?>>HELP ABLE TO PLAY BASEBALL. GET OUT AND PLAY. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>GOOD JOB BY LOMAX. RIGHT AWAY HE WAS ON BASE AND THEY GET A RUN COMING THROUGH. OF COURSE YOU WON’T SEE THAT ON THE BOARD. >>WHEN THEY ASKED WHAT JORDAN’S FAVORITE TV SHOW WAS HE SAID, I PREFER TO READ BOOKS. HIS FAVORITE FOOD IS SUSHI.>>HERE COMES KENNEDY. >> HE’S POINTING. DO YOU SEE THAT?>>OH, BOY.>>I LOVE IT. COME ON, MATTHEW. HE’S READY, TOO. LOOK AT THE STANCE. LOOK AT THAT.>>RIGHT DOWN THE THIRD BASE LINE. WARRINGTON DIVES. ALMOST MADE A GREAT PLAY. >>ALL RIGHT. WE HAVE A SLIDE AT HOME.>>JACOB DONAHUE SLIDES HOME. THEY’RE HAVING A GOD TIME. THAT VERY FIRST PITCH THAT TIME OF MATTHEW KENNEDY. >>OH, YEAH. THERE AGAIN HIS FAVORITE TV SHOW IS ESPN. HE PL’SAYING POLITICS.>> HE’S WATCHED “SPORTS CENTER” TOP TEN PLAYS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. FURY NEXT FOR ILLINOIS. WEARS NUMBER 24. >>SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT JONATHAN. HIS FAVORITE PLAYER IS HIS DAD. OUBT THAT?>>HIS BUDDY IS SAMUEL SMITH. FURY GETS ANOTHER SHOT AT IT. ILLINOIS COMING OUT SWINGING. THEY’RE LOOKING GOOD. 2013 CHALLENGER EXHIBITION GAME. 13th ANNUAL EVENT. A PROGRAM THAT STARTED IN 1989.>>THERE IT IS. THEY ASKED HIS BUDDY FOR HIS BEST MEMORY. HE SAID I LIKE TO EAT HOT DOGS WITH THE KIDS AFTER THE GAME. >>YEAH. >>FOLLOWING THROUGH. >>THIS IS A PROGRAM FOR AGES 4 THROUGH 18 OR UP TO 22 STILL ENROLLED IHIGHN SCHOOL.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>THERE IT IS. >>BALL HIT TO THE PITCHER. THEY WILL ALLOW THAT.>>COMING TO SCORE. THERE YOU GO. >>HOW ABOUT THAT? LARSON TRIES TO SNEAK IN. THE DEFENSIVE PLAYER FROM CALIFORNIA SAYS I DON’T WANT HIM TO SCORE. >>WHAT’S GREAT IS WE DON’T KEEP SCORE. I TOLD HIM I HAVE BEEN PLAYING FOR 21 YEARS, NEVER LOST A GAME.>>HERE’S WILL HAYES.>>WILL LOVES “CALL OF THE WILDMAN” ON ANIMAL PLANET.>>HE’S A CHEESEBURGER FAN. >>LOVES THEM.>>WILL HAYES WEARING BIG NUMBER 72. >>LOOK AT THAT ONE. >>GOOD CUT. ON DECK, DANNY CORNER. CHALLENGER ILLINOIS. WORLD SERIES TEAM. BATTING NOW IN THIS GORGEOUS DAY FOR VOLUNTEER STADIUM. >>HE’S GOT THAT ONE JUST RIGHT. HE GOT A PIECE. >>IT’S AMAZING THE TEAMS GET A CHANCE TO COME IN EARLY. PRACTICE ON THE FIELD. GET A CHANCE TO SEE THE BIG GAMES.>>THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND — WELL, THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THEY ARE THE AND WHY THEY ARE HERE.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE SHAPE OF VOLTEERUN STADIUM?>>GORGEOUS.>>WE TALKED TO NOAR GARCIA PAR. HE SAID LOOK AT THE FIELD. LOOKS LIKE A BIG LEAGUE PARK. THEY WILL BRING THE TEE UP. IT TEACHES THE KIDS A LEVEL SWING. >>ABSOLUTELY. >>LOOK AT THAT. THAT A BOY. >>SHARPLY HIT UP THE MIDDLE. GOOD JOB BY HAYES. >>JOGGING INTO HOME. THERE HE GOES. >>HERE’S LOMAX. >>YES. HE TOUCHES IT.>>THAT BRINGS UP DANNY CORNER WITH JORDAN HARRIS WAITING ON DECK. LET’S GO BACK TO TOM.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GARY. YOUR SON DEREK IS A FINE PLAYER ON THE ILLINOIS TEAM. HOW LONG HAS YOUR SON BEEN PLAYING CHALLENGER?>>FOR ABOUT 13 YEARS. >>HOW HAS IT HELPED HIS DEVELOPMENT?>>IT’S BEEN AWESOME. HE HAS NO SHYNESS TO GOING OUT THERE.>>WE HEARD YOU WOULD BE HERE IN WILLIAMSPORT. HOW EXCITED HAS HE BEEN?>>HE’S DELIGHTED. SO HAPPY. HE SAID, THIS IS MY WEEKEND. WE EXPECT HIM TO PLAY. >>WE’RE GLAD HE’S PLAYING. THAT’S FOR SURE. >>DANNY IS STEPPING IN ON THE LEFT SIDE.>>YOU NOTICE HIM HITTING THE PLAY. HE LIKES TO TAP THE PLAY BEFORE HE GOES. >>HE HAS A GOOD STANCE A MINUTE AGO. HE’S READY. COME ON, DANNY. HE’S THE CATCHER, TOO. HE LIKES TO GET INVOLVED. WATCH THIS LEVEL SWING. HERE HE COMES. HE’LL LINE IT UP. THERE IT IS. THAT A BOY. >>GREAT JOB UP THE MIDDLE.>>HERE COMES THE SCORER. >>MR. KENNEDY IS IN.>>THE GREAT THING ABOUT THIS GAME. >>PLAYING TO THE CROWD.>>GREAT JOB AS THE LITTLE LEAGUE MASCOT. GREAT THING IS NOT ONLY THE BIG CROWD BUT ENTHUSIASTIC. >>WHAT’S NOT TO GET ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT. SEE THE JOY OF THE CHILDREN. EVERYBODY CHEERS ALL THE TIME.>>HERE COMES JORDAN HARRIS.>>ALL RIGHT. JORDAN. THEY ASKED WHAT HIS FAVORITE POSITION IS. HE SAID BATTER. HE LIKES TO BE THE BATTER. GET THAT BACK. THAT A BOY.>>GOOD CUT.>>HE’S A PAUL CONERKO GUY. HE LIKES THE WHITE SOX. HIS SISTER LILY IS EP HELPING OUT AS BUDDY. >>GOOD CUT. JORDAN WILL GET ANOTHER. CHALLENGER ILLINOIS TEAM UP THERE NOW PLAYING THE TEAM FOR THE BAY AREA OF CALIFORNIA.>>LILY SAID ONE OF HER GREAT MEMORIES WAS SEEING HER BROTHER GET A HIT BY HIMSELF, MAKE CONTACT AND TAKE OFF. IT ‘S NOT HOW HARD OR OH ANYTHING LIKE THAT. YOU WILL NOTICE THEY NEVER GIVE UP. THEY JUST STAY UNTIL HE MAKES CONTACT.>>THEY CAN’T WAIT TO GO TO PRACTICE AND PLAY THE GAMES. >>YOU BET. I HAVE KIDS THAT SLEEP IN THEIR UNIFORMS. THEY LITERALLY SLEEP IN THEIR UNIFORMS. >>YOU GOT INVOLVED. LIKED IT. STARTED COACHING. NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU WERE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR. >>THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS.>>RIGHT UP THE MIDDLE.>>HERE COMES THE SCORE.>>SOLID JOB OFF THE TEE THAT TIME FOR JORDAN HARRIS.>>JEFFREY BOSTON WILL COME BACK.>>LET’S GO BACK TO TOM.>>THE 1972 THE INDIANA TEAM PLAYED FOR THE LITTLE LEAGUE TITLE. HE’S HERE SUPPORTING HIS GRANDSON. WHAT A THRILL TO COME BACK. >>I NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD HAPPEN. >>IN SOME WAYS WATCHING YOUR GRANDSON FLAY IN THE CHALLENGER GAME IS MORE EXCITING THAN CHALLENGING.>>I WAS OVERWHELMED. NOW I ENJOY IT. HOW>>AS THIS EXPERIENCE BENEFITTED YOUR GRANDSON?>>OH, YEAH. HE WAS SPECIAL NEEDS BUT — [ CHEERS ] — I SAID, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, AND YOU WILL BE GOOD. >>HE IS.>>TALK ABOUT JEFFREY BOSTON GETTING AROUND ON ONE.>>GOOD JOB. >>THAT WAS A BEAUTY. HE WAS READY. HE HAD TORQUE.>>HERE COMES RYAN SANTIAGO. JUSTIN RASMUSSEN WEARS NUMBER 3.>>HE LIKES “JAKE AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES.” COME ON. THAT A BOY. ANOTHER CASTRO GUY WITH THE CUBS. MAC & CHEESE KID, TOO. A LOT OF THEM LOVE IT. >>THEY WILL LOVE THE BALLPARK FOOD HERE. IT’S INEXPENSIVE AND GREAT. RYAN SANTIAGO. ALMOST IN THE FIGHTING ILLINI COLORS. >>SO CLOSE. HE’S NOT BACKING OFF THOUGH. YOU HAVE TO REALIZE WHAT THEY WILL GO THROUGH TO MAKE IT. >>LAYS IT DOWN. IT’S GOING TO GET ANOTHER RUN IN. >>YEAH, BABY.>>DANNY CORNER. LOOK AT THE SMILE. HE’S FEELING GOOD. NICE SLIDE. WAY TO GO. >>DANNY WILL BE SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS. >>THAT’S RIGHT. HERE’S KAYLA.>>SPECIAL STORY HERE. SPECIAL STORY. RON SANTO IS HER FAVORITE PLAYER. HE WAS AN INSPIRATION WITH THE DIABETES AND STILL PLAYING. LOOK, SHE’S GOT THE PINK BAT. LOTS OF LEFTIES ON THE TEAM. OOH, YEAH. KEEPING HER BALANCE. DO YOU KNOW HOW DIFFICULT THAT IS? SHE’S DOING IT. SHE GOT A PIECE. KAYLA GRAZIANO. PLAYING OUT OF THE SAN FRANCISCO OAKLAND AREA TODAY. >>SHE LOVES THE CUBS. SHE’S A PASTA GIRL. THAT’S IT. COME ON. YOU’VE GOT IT. THEIR DREAM IS JUST TO MAKE CONTACT. LOOK HOW CLOSE. SEE THE BUDDIES RIGHT THERE? THAT’S GREAT.>>REAL CLOSE. THEY WILL BRING OUT THE TEE. THIS IS GOOD PRACTICE TO GET OFF THE TEE. LEVELS THE SWING. >>PLUS IT’S MAKING CONTACT.>>HERE SHE COMES NOW. LINING IT UP. THERE SHE GOES. THAT A GIRL. THAT’S IT.>>GOOD HIT. >>LOOK AT THE RUN HOME. LOOK AT THE THAT RUN HOME. MR. HARRIS SLIDES. UH-OH. WE HAVE A COUPLE OTHER GUYS SNEAKING IN HERE.>>HERE COMES JEFFREY BOSTON. HE SAID, THERE’S ROOM FOR ME , TOO. >>I HIT THAT LINE DRIVE. I DESERVE A DOUBLE. >>ABSOLUTELY. GOOD JOB BY KAYLA GRAZIANO. IS HE GETS A BIG HUG FROM A COACH OUT THERE AT FIRST BASE. OUR 13th BATTER COMING UP IS DEREK MILES. >>LOOK AT DEREK. >>TOMMY IS HIS BUDDY. >>HE LIKES DERREK LEE BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE SAME FIRST NAME. >>MILES IS CALLING FOR IT AGAIN. POINTING LIKE HE’LL HIT IT OUT.>>DIG IN. BE READY. WHAM. >>HE HIT IT HARD, DEEP IN RIGHT FIELD .>>GOOD JOB. SEE KAYLA GOING TO SECOND?>>DEREK MILES DIDN’T FOOL AROUND. >>NO, NO. HE KNEW WHAT HE WANTED TO DO.>>BONIFIED HIT TO RIGHT.>>THIS IS A SPECIAL GUY. HIS FAVORITE FOOD IS RIB EYE.>>LOOK AT HIM POINTING. HE STILL LIKES SORIANO. I GUESS THAT WAS BEFORE HE WAS TRADED. >>HIS BUDDY IS CLARK LEWIS.>>A CUBS MAN. >>GREAT JOB HERE. LOOK AT THE FOLLOW THROUGH ON THE SWING. RIBEYE. DON’T YOU LOVE IT? OH! THERE’S A SHOT. >>RIGHT UP THE MIDDLE.>>HERE COMES SANTIAGO COMING IN TO SCORE. STEPS ON THE PLATE.>>WHAT A STROKE THAT WAS.>>FINAL BATTER FOR THE CLUB OUT OF THE CHICAGO AREA. CAMERON YELL. BUDDY IS KYLE TRUSTY.>>WOULDN’T YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A YANKEE MAN HERE? HE LIKES DEREK JETER AND THE YANKEES AND ICE CREAM, IN THAT ORDER. >> HE ADMITS IT, BEING FROM THE ILLINOIS AREA.>>THAT’S RIGHT. COME ON, CAM. BRING IT DOWN. HE’LL GO ALL THE WAY AROUND ON THIS. LAST BATTER UP CIRCLES THE BASES. EVERYBODY SCORES. LAST BATTER. THERE IT IS.>>HE’S GOING TO RUN IT OUT.>>HERE THEY COME. KEEP GOING. THAT’S IT. THAT A GIRL, KAYLA. COME ON. KEEP GOING. KEEP GOING, GUYS.>>KAYLA SANTIAGO WILL COME IN. HER BUDDY’S EP HEING HER.>>HERE WE GO.>>LOOK AT THE SMILE ON HER FACE.>>THERE’S DEREK, THE BIG STICK. THERE YOU GO. HERE COMES MATTHEW. HE’LL COME AROUND TO SCORE.>>DEREK MILES MADE SURE HE WOULD SLIDE. ANOTHER ONE. HERE COMES THE FINAL ONE. CAM. COME ON, CAM. HERE HE COMES. YEAH!>>THEY GET A STANDING OVATION. >>WAY TO GO, GUí■■wíçoygyoçoç■. WELL DONE.>>ALL RIGHT. WE’LL c9N9O=O9N=b9c9B=G=G=TAKE . COMING UP NEXT, THE BAY AREA OF CALIFORNIA.ñvñvñv IT IS THE 2013 CHALLENGER EXHIBITION GAME FOR THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.>>>WE ARE BACK FOR THE 2013 CHALLENGER’D’D1F EXHIBITION GAM. OUR MAN OF THE CROWD TODAY IS TOM SPICER. LET’S GO BACK.>>THANKS, GARY. IT’S A PLEASURE TO BE JOINED BY MARSHALL WELCH, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF THE FIRST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF PENNSYLVANIA. IT’S VERY GENEROUS YEAR AFTER YEAR. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT IT.>>FIRST WE’D LIKE TO THANK WVIA AND OTHER PUBLIC TELEVISION STATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY. A GROWING LIST WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO AIR THE GAME. FOR THE FIRST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, THE THE CHALLENGER GAME HIGHLIGHTS WHAT LITTLE LEAGUE IS ABOUT. EVERYBODY PLAYS, PARTICIPATES. IT DOESN’T GET BETTER. >>THE FOUNDATION WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1916. IT WAS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. WHAT EXACTLY IS THE INITIATIVE OF COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. >>THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION IS TO SUPPORT OTHER NONPROFITS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. AND THE FOUNDATION STARTED IN 1916 WITH ONLY $33. TODAY WE HAVE ASSETS IN EXCESS OF $70 MILLION. WE FUND OTHER PROJECTS AROUND NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. >>YOUR COVERAGE AREA IS WIDE. >>THAT’S CORRECT.>>HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHAT CHARITABLE GROUPS TO GIVE TO?>>WELL, WHAT’S REALLY GREAT ABOUT THE WAY THE FOUNDATION WORKS IS WE HAVE PANELS OF dKahH COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT THE GET THE APPLICANTS AND DECIPHER WHICH PROJECTS WE ‘D LIKE FUNDED. IT’S NOT JUST THE BOARD. NOT JUST MEMBERS OF THE FOUNDATION. BUT IT’S MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY THAT GET TO MAKE THAT DECISION ABOUT WHERE THE DOLLARS WERE ALLOCATED. >>YOU GAVE OUT $13.2 MILLION IN 2012. I WANT THE TO PRESENT YOU WITH SOMETHING. THIS IS THE 2012 MIDATLANTIC EMMY AWARD ON BEHALF OF WVIA WHICH EARNED THIS AWARD FOR COVERAGE OF THE 2011 CHALLENGER GAME. ON BEHALF OF WVIA AND PUBLIC MEDIA CARRYING THE BROADCAST WE WANT TO PRESENT THIS EM MY TO YOU. WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT THAT BROADCAST WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE. >>WE APPRECIATE IT. IT’S A PARTNERSHIP WITH WVIA, LITTLE LEAGUE. IT’S A FANTASTIC EVENT . THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU. GARY?>>THANKS, TOM. YOU KNOW, DARRYL BURNETT HAS BEEN PART OF THE PROGRAM FOR SOME 21 YEARS. YOU GOT HOOKED THE FIRST TIME YOU SAW IT. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL AND EXPANDING THE CHALLENGER DIVISION. NOT ONLY IN THE THIS COUNTRY BUT AROUND THE WORLD.>>THE BEAUTIFUL THING IS THE CHANNELER PROGRAM IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF LITTLE LEAGUE. IT’S A LEGITIMATE DIVISION.>>IT’S AMAZING.>>WE ARE IN TEN COUNTRIES NOW. THERE ARE A THOUSAND TEAMS. 30,000 PLAYERS. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT IS IT PUTS THE EMPHASIS ON MAKING THE KIDS. A GUY WHO WORKED SO HARD ALL YEAR. DIRECTOR SAM RANK. TOM?>>SAM WORKS HARD THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AS DIRECTOR OF THE CHALLENGER DIVISION FOR LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL. THIS IS YOUR FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR. >>ABSOLUTELY. IT’S GREAT TO SEE BOTH TEAMS ON THE FIELD HAVING A GREAT TIME.>>TALK ABOUT THE GROWTH OF THE CHALLENGER DIVISION. IT’S BEEN EMARRKABLE. >>IT HAS BEEN. WE HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE. A LOT OF GREAT VOLUNTEERS WORKING HARD TO EX PAND THE PROGRAM. WE HAVE GROWN DOMESTICALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY WITH PROGRAMS IN MORE THAN TEN COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE.>>HOW MANY KIDS ARE PLAYING CHALLENGER BALL NOW?>>30,000. WE ARE HOPING TO CONTINUE TO SEE IT GROW. >>I’M WATCHING AT HOME, SEEING KIDS HAVE THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES. I WANT TO START A CHALLENGER DIVISION IN MY HOME DOWN. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO OH?>>YOUR BEST BET IS TO GO TO CHALLENGER.ORG. ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO GET A PROGRAM STARTED IS THERE.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IT’S A GREAT AFTERNOON FOR BASEBALL. BY THE WAY, A LOT OF TEAMS AT THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES ARE HERE CHEERING ON THE CHALLENGER KIDS. GREAT TO SEE. >>ABSOLUTELY. THE HERE WE GO. BOTTOM OF THE INNING. THE CLUB OUT OF CALIFORNIA. STACY ELLIOT WILL LEAD OFF. ALEX SWARTZ, THE FIRST THREE UP FOR THE CLUB OUT OF THE BAY c>AREA. >>HERE COMES STACY.>>NUMBER 10, STACY ELLIOT.>>STACY’S BUDDY, YOU HAVE TO MENTION THIS. DAVE WAS QUITE A GUY INVOLVED. I WILL GET TO THAT. THERE GOES THE HUSTLE. LOOK AT THAT. MADE CONTACT ON THE FIRST PITCH.>>SHE JUMPED ON IT. TELL ME ABOUT DAVE. DAVE IS INFLUENTIAL IN GETTING THE WHOLE CHALLENGING PROGRAM GOING UP IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. HE’S BEEN HOSTING THE JAMBOREE FOR YEARS. H’S FLUN SAL AND A HARDWORKING VOLUNTEER.>>MARCO IS HER BUDDY. >>SHE GOES FOR THE A’S AND GIANTS. SHE’S PLAYING POLITICS. SHE LIKES PIZZA, CHICKEN AND RICE, SPAGHETTI. WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT A ONE SPORT PERSON. SHE LIKES BOWLING, HORSE BACK RIDING, SWIMMING AT THE BEACH. IN FACT, A LOT OF KIDS PLAY A LOT OF SPORTS. IT’S WONDERFUL.■■ THERE IT IS.>>DOWN THE LINE BUT FOUL. COVERS WHAT TOWNS AROUND THE BAY AREA?>>THESE PARTICULAR TEAMS THEY HAVE BROUGHT ARE FROM PLEASANTON AND DANVILLE, SAN RAMON OH. >>LIVERRE. MO>>YEAH.>>GOOD JOB.>>NICE JOB. THERE SHE GOES. >>THERE GOES TATIANA.>>SHE SAID, I’M NOT GOING FOR A FOUL. I WANT TO HIT IT FAIR, SO SHE HIT IT AGAIN. SHE’S AROUND TO THIRD ON THIS ONE.>>YOU KNOW, DANVILLE, CALIFORNIA, PLAYED FOR A LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES YEARS AGO. UP TOP.>>YOU’RE RIGHT. >>ALEX SWARTZ.>>HE’S A BIG ONE.>>RIGHT AWAY. FIRST PITCH DOWN TO THIRD BASE LINE RIGHT INTO LEFT FIELD. >>YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT■■■■ COORDINATION. WONDERFUL. THE INTERESTING THING, YOU MENTIONED 22. THE KIDS KEEP PLAYING BECAUSE THEY SOCIALIZE WITH EACH OTHER WELL BEYOND THEIR AGES. IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP INVOLVED IN KAJER AS LONG AS YOU CAN. >>THAT WILL BRING UP BLAKE SMITH. ANOTHER LEFTY.>>MY FAVORITE ABOUT BLAKE. HIS FAVORITE FOOD IS NUTELLA, THAT HAZELNUT CHOCOLATE SPREAD. THAT KID’S GOT CLASS. PABLO SANDOVAL IS HIS GUY. HE LIKES THE TRAMPOLINE. A WELL ROUNDED KID. BLAKE, SHOW US YOUR STUFF. THESE ARE GOOD-SIZED BOYS. >>TALK ABOUT A CONFIDENCE BUILDER FOR KIDS.>>OH, IT IS.>>I ASSISTANT BUDDIES.>>OH, YEAH. THEY HAVE T-SHIRTS, NAMES. THE BUDDIES DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP OVER TIME. IT’S CLASSY. >>STARTED IN 1939 FOUNDING LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL. IT WAS ABOUT TEAMS WITH UNIFORMS USING REAL BALLS, BATS AND GLOVES. IT’S THE SAME IDEA.>>IT’S IMPORTANT THEY HAVE THE SAME UNIFORMS AS OTHER TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE. THEY GET TO GO TO THE SNACK BAR AT THE SAME TIME, PLAY ON THE SAME FIELD. THEY ARE NOT OSTRACIZED IN ANY WAY. AS IT SHOULD BE. GOOD STROKE. >>GOOD JOB BY BLAKE.>>HERE COME IT IS BIRTHDAY GIRL. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANGELINA. 13 TODAY. SHE LIKES THIS.>>SHE JUMPED ON THE FIRST PITCH. >>HERE COMES THE SCORER. HERE HE SHE COMES. SHE’S IN. OH, YEAH.>>GOOD JOB TATIANA. >>ANGELINA, BY THE WAY, BESIDES BASEBALL — >>LET’S GO BACK TO TOM. >>JOSH IS A PLAYER ON THE BAY AREA TEAM. LEE ANNE TELL US HOW EXCITED HE WAS TO PLAY IN THE GAME. >>HE WAS SO EXCITED TO PLAY. HE’S BEENOOKI LNG FORWARD THE IT FOR WEEKS. MANY MONTHS HE’S BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT. >>WHAT WAS THE MAIN ASPECT, THE NUMBER ONE ASPECT OF WHAT HE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO?>>BEING ABLE TO PLAY IN FRONT OF PEOPLE AND HAVE FUN. HE LOVES BASEBALL. JUST ENJOYS IT.>>WE’RE GLAD HE’S HERE AND YOU’RE ENJOYINGING YOURSELF.>>THAT WAS ONE OF THE BEST HITS ALL DAY BY CURT CHARLES, NUMBER 38. HE TAKES IT TO LEFT FIELD. >>THAT WAS A LINER. THAT WAS A BEAUTY. >>HERE’S NUMBER 83, ROBERT BASWELL. >>HE’S A HAMBURGER GUY. ANOTHER POSEY GUY. >>PLENTY OF THOSE .>>HE ALSO LIKES TO READ BOOKS ABOUT PLANESES. THAT A BOY. NOW HIS BUDDY IS MICHAEL, THE CHALLENGER AWARD LAST YEAR. THERE’S A SHOT. >>RIGHT BACK TO THE PITCHER. >>KEEP GOING.>>GOOD JOB. BLAKE SMITH SCORES. GREAT STORY COMING UP. GREG BROKE HIS CRUTCH THE OTHER NIGHT AND WAS DEJECTED. STEVE MOP WHO WAS INVOLVED WITH THE CHALLENGER DIVISION HERE AND WITH PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGEF O TECHNOLOGY CALLED MATT NOLAN, PROFESSOR OF WELDING. HE CAME ALL THE WAY BACK HERE, GOT THE CRUTCH, AND TOOK THE ALUMINUM CRUTCH BACK, WELDED IT AND HE’S ABLE TO PLAY TODAY. THE SMILE HE HAD WHEN IT WAS DONE THANKS TO MATT NOLAN, COLLEGE PROFESSOR OF WELDING. >>LOOK AT THE EFFORT, THE CONCENTRATION. LOOK AT HIM FLY DOWN TO FIRST. JUST FLYING. WHAT A WONDERFUL SIGHT. ENERGY GALORE. >>YOU KNOW, USING THAT ONE HAND. THAT WAS ONE OF THE BEST HITS OF THE DAY FOR GREG. HATS OFF TO MATT NOLAN. DOING A GREAT JOB GETTING HIM READY TO PLAY TODAY. LET’S GO BACK TO. TOM.>>MIKE AND JO ARE WITH ME. THEIR DAUGHTER IS PLAYING HERE. WHAT WAS IT LIKE WHEN YOU TOLD YOUR DAUGHTER YOU WERE COMING?>>IT WAS INCREDIBLE . IT WAS OUR 25th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY THIS WEEK. WE WERE DECIDING TO GO TO PARIS OR A PANAMA CANAL CRUISE. BUT WE’RE IN WILLIAMSPORT. >>THIS IS BETTER. >>DEFINITELY. WE’RE HAPPY FOR THE CHILDREN. JUST WONDERFUL.>>YOUR DAUGHTER HAS BEEN PLAYING CHALLENGER FOR TEN YEARS. HOW HAS IT HELPED HER DEVELOPMENT?>>I DON’T KNOW. JUST HER FRIENDS, THE FAMILY. JUST DOING WONDERFUL. SHE’S A HAPPY GIRL. >>WE’RE HAPPY TO SEE HER. WE TANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.>>ONE STORY ABOUT GABRIEL GOT THE HIT. ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOMENTS OF HIS BUDDY’S LIFE IS WHEN HE REALIZED GABRIEL GOT ALL EXCITED. H HE SAID, THEY’RE CHEERING FOR ME!>>THEY COME OUT AND THEY ARE WAVING TO THE CROWD. A GREAT JOB HERE OF■■ SLIDING HOME. THERE’S ANOTHER WAVE TO THE CROWD. THAT BRINGS UP KEITH BROWN. KEITH BROWN STEPS DOWN LEFT SIDE. >>SWUNG ON AND MISSED. HE’LL GET ON BASE. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. >>MAN, LOOK AT THE SHOT.>>TO FIRST.>>THAT A BOY. >>THESE GUYS WON’T BE CHEATED.>>KEITH ON THE SIDE, HE LIKES TO PLAY WITH LIGHT SABRES.>>YOU HAVE DONE YOUR RESEARCH. >>I TELL YOU.>>I’M WAITING FOR ONE OF THE PIECES OF FOOD WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE SHORTLY. KIDS LIKE HOT DOGS BUT THEY LIKE FANCY FOOD, TOO. >>THEY DO.>>NUMBER 18, ANNA KYLIE. >>JACOB KYLIE IS HER BUDDY. >>HE’S A SENIOR AT CAL STATE EAST BAY. NICE HAVING YOUR BROTHER COME FROM COLLEGE TO HELP.>>SHE LIKES ALSO SWIMMING AND SOCCER.>>CHALLENGER EXHIBITION GAME. WHAT A DAY FOR THIS AT VOLUNTEER STADIUM. A PERFECT DAY FOR BASEBALL. STRAIGHT UP IN THE AIR. A SHOT FOULS OFF. >>ANOTHER SHOT. I’LL HIT ANOTHER ONE. COME ON.>>SEE HOW THE GUYS RUN AFTER THE BALL? NOT TALKING ABOUT PLAYERS ON DEFENSE STANDING AROUND. THEY GO.>>IT IS A THRILL. YOU GET SOMEBODY OUT.>>LOOK AT THE SHOT. LINE DRIVE RIGHT THERE. THERE YOU GO. LOOK AT THE SCOOTER. >>WELL HIT.>>A SLIDE ON TOP OF IT. >>GREG WARRINGTON GIVES IT 110%.>>HE IS THE MAN. >>GREAT STORY. >>HOW CAN YOU WATCH AND NOT GIT FILLED UP. >>ABSOLUTELY.>>IF YOU DON’T GET WARMED UP UH, YOU DON’T HAVE A HEART. >>THIS IS A HIGHLIGHT. IT’S BEEN A LOT OF FUN.>>HERE’S JOSH PERRY. 12th BATTER UP FOR THE BALL CLUB OUT OF THE BAY AREA.>>HE’S A MONSTER>ñññ JAM GUY. LIKES TACOS. ANOTHER POSEY GUY AND HE LIKES CAMPING. HE’S GOT A RITUAL WHEN HE COMES UP THERE. HERE’S REDDING. >>COME ON, GABE. LAUNCHING IN. >>WAITING FOR THE CHEERS. >>LET’S GO TO TOM. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GARY. WITH PAUL HER HERMAN WHOSE THE DAUGHTER ANGELINA IS ON THE TEAM. IT’S A SPECIAL DAY FOR ANGELINA. HER 13thá÷■■ BIRTHDAY. PLAYING IN THE CHAaypÑLLENGER G WHAT A PRESENT. >>SHE LOVES IT. ENJOYS IT.>>HOW LONG HAS SHE BEEN PLAYING CHALLENGER?>>SEVEN HERES. >>HAVE YOU NOTICED A DIFFERENCE IN HER THANKS TO THE CHALLENGER DIVISION?>>SHE’S ACTIVE, OUTGOING, TALKS TO PEOPLE. SHE LOVES IT. MY WIFE COACHESES. BEST THING IN THE WORLD. >>EXPLAIN THE EMOTION S WATCHING YOUR DAUGHTER ON THE FIELD. >>JOY. IT’S GREAT. SO EXCITED TO SEE HER THERE, PLAYING. SMILES ON HER FACE MEAN EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD TO ME. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>SHE LIKES DANCE MUSIC. LIKES TO SING. YOU SAW HER POINTING TO THE CROWD.>>THEY TAKEo■v■Ñ■■■■Ñ■Ñ A LOT . WEARING GOOD-LOOKING■]/[/[/[/[ . PLAYING ON A BIG STAGE.■’■’>>THEY WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THEY DESERVE TO BE HERE. WATCH THIS PLAY. WATCH ME SMACK THIS BALL. THAT A GIRL. THERE WE GO.”#sóó””” SHE’S USED TO HITTING THE PITCH BALL. HERE IT COMES. THERE IT IS.>>RIGHT BACK UP THE MIDDLE.>>HERE COMES THE SCORER. THAT’S IT. NICE. GOOD HIT. WE’RE DOWN TO THE FINAL TWO BATTERS FOR THE BAY AREA. IT WILL BE JOSHUA LEHMAN COMING IN. VICKY IS HIS BUDDY.>>JOSH’S FAVORITE FOOD IS MASHED POTATOES AND GRAVY. FAVORITE PLAYER IS COCOA CRISP. COULD HAVE BEEN A FAVORITE FOOD AS WELL. WHOA! HOLY MACKEREL. THAT’S GOING TO THE WALL.YbPú>>HERE’Snó■g ANNA KYLIE COMING. THEY WILL GET ANOTHER BASE.>>ONE MORE BATTER. >>THAT’S AGñywiv BONIFIED EXTR HIT NO MATTER WHO IS PLAYING. >>SO FITTING WHEN IT SAYS WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO WATCH ON TV? ANY SPORTS. YOU CAN SEE IT.>>THAT WAS GREAT.>>THIS IS THEIR LAST BATTER.>>ON THE TRAVEL TEAM PROBAB. LY>>YOU’VE GOT TO LOVE THIS.>>YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING ALL DAY. >>HIS FAVORITE FOOD, NOT PIZZA OR SPAGHETTI — LOBSTER. THE KID LOVES LOBSTER. HISoowwwoo■ FAVORITE PLAYER — >>FAVORITE TV SHOW IS “SURVIVOR.” >>RIGHT. ALL THE WAY. KEEP IT GOING. KEEP IT GOING. >>GOOD JOB INTO LEFT FIELD. >>ROUND IT, BUDDY. HE MEANS IT, TOO. LOOK AT THAT STRIDE. HE’S GOT THE HOMERUN SLIDE. HERE HE COMES. TOUCH THEM ALL. HERE HE COMES. LAY IT IN THERE, KENNY. WHAT DO YOU SAY, BUDDY? YEAH! SAFE.>>IMPRESSIVE. FINAL AT-BAT FOR THE BAY AREA OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.>>I SAID IT BEFORE. I WILL SAY IT AGAIN. IT DOESN’T GET BETTER THAN THIS.>>ABSOLUTELY. DR. DARRYL BURNETT WITH ME AND THE 2,000 RECIPIENT OF THE NATIONAL CHALLENGER MAN OF THE YEAR. LET’S GO DOWN TO TOM.>>THANKS, GARY. IT’S A PLEASURE TO BE JOINED BY DR. GILL MORE, CHAIR OF THE LITTLE LEAGUE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF FUNCTIONS. IS ITHS THE HIGHLIGHT. >>IT IS. ABSOLUTELY MY FAVORITE EVENT OF THE SERIES. IT’S HEARTWARMING. I’M THRILLED TO SEE THE TEAMS HERE COMPETING. IT’S REASSURING TO SEE THEM HERE. CHEERING FOR THE CHALLENGER TEAMS. IT’S A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE.>>HOW IMPORTANT IS THE CHALLENGER DIVISION TO THE FUTURE OF LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL?>>WE ARE ALL ABOUT EVERYBODY GETTING TO PLAY. NOT ONLY IN A REGULAR WORLD SERIES GAME BUT CHALLENGER BRINGS ANOTHER DIMENSION. IT’S ABOUT THE KIDS. >>IT IS TODAY, GARY.>>NO DOUBT. 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