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July 23, 2014
Requiem for a scoreboard

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Workers tend to the old scoreboard’s electrical system on July 23, in preparation for the scoreboard’s removal.

Since Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium opened in June 1992 – for more than 2,000 games of use – the 28-foot scoreboard beyond the right field fence has seen everything a scoreboard could possibly see: blowouts, improbable comebacks, and even a lightning strike.

Using simple matrices of 714 light bulbs, the forest green scoreboard has told the stories of well-played and not-so-well-played games. Every pitch. Every hit. Every error. Every run. Every out.

It has stood sentry over the years, often blending into the landscape, garnering nary a second thought from those seeking the count, the score, or the scorer’s decision. Yet at the same time it is probably the most photographed feature of the stadium, with tournament champions proudly posing under the final score of their glory.

It has just always been there, bleached by summer’s harsh sunlight and weathered by rain, sleet, ice, and snow – painted and repainted.

On Sunday, July 20 scoreboard operator Bob Beatham entered the last digits ever to light up the board as the Maine Junior League state tournament concluded at 5:53 p.m. The final pitch count: 10. The final count: 1 ball. The final “guest” line score: 6, 1, 0, 2, 0, 1, 0 – 10 runs, 14 hits, 2 errors. The final “home” line score: 0, 0, 1, 1, 2, 0 – 4 runs, 8 hits, 2 errors.

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July 20, 2014
Pariba captures Latin America title
Curacao team aims to continue region’s dominance

_IMG0932Pariba L.L., Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, captured the Latin America title with a 2-1 win over Las Tablas L.L., Los Santos, Panama, on July 19.

Pariba was 3-0 in pool play and 5-0 overall while outscoring opponents 26-3 in the regional, held in Panama.

This will be Pariba’s first appearance in a World Series. Pariba’s Willemstad rival, Pabao, appeared in the 2002, 2003, and 2008 series, winning the 2002 series.

Latin America teams are 37-10 (.787) in pool play in Bangor World Series and 49-16 (.754) overall, with a 7-4 (.636) semifinal record and a 5-2 (.714) championship game record. The region has won the last two World Series and three of the last four. It is in the midst of an 11-game winning streak in the series – the longest streak of any region since the series moved to Bangor in 2002.

Pariba will play in Pool B, along with Europe-Africa’s Emilia L.L., Emilia, Italy; U.S. Central; U.S. East; and U.S. Southwest. Its first game will be on Aug. 10 at 2:30 p.m. against the U.S. Central champion.

June 28, 2014
MLB teams sign 4
Latin American alumni

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Juan Diego Montes Incer led Juvenil de Guatemala to the 2012 World Series title.

Four Senior League Baseball World Series alumni from Latin American teams have signed contracts with Major League clubs within the last several months. Edgardo Sandoval, who pitched for the 2013 champions from Chitre Little League, Chitre, Herrera, Panama, signed with the Houston Astros in March. Joining him in the professional ranks are Eugene Helder (2011 Aruba South L.L., San Nicolas, Aruba), Juan Diego Montes Incer (2012 Juvenil de Guatemala L.L., Guatemala City, Guatemala), and Fabian Vizcaino (2012 Juvenil de Guatemala).

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June 28, 2014
MLB draft sees Medeiros, Lankford taken

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Kodi Medeiros eclipses Kolten Wong as the highest drafted Bangor World Series alumnus.

2011 Senior League Baseball World Series alumnus Kodi Medeiros and 2009 alumnus Cole Lankford were taken in Major League Baseball’s first-year amateur draft earlier this month.

The Milwaukee Brewers took Medeiros, a left-handed pitcher out of Waiakea High School in Hilo, Hawaii, in the first round as the 12th overall pick. The St. Louis Cardinals took Lankford, a catcher who just finished his junior year at Texas A&M, in the 27th round as the 825th overall pick.

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