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August 1 through August 8, 2015

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August 8, 2015

Twice as nice
West University becomes first U.S. team to repeat,
first to 3 World Series titles

_IGP0124By Sam Coombs
Communications Staff

West University L.L., West University Place, Texas, used a seven-run uprising in the bottom of the third inning to break a 1-1 tie with East Holmes L.L., Holmes County, Ohio, and win the 2015 Senior League Baseball World Series title game 8-1.

The energy was high at Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium for the game between defending World Series and U.S. Southwest champ West University and U.S. Central champ Holmes County, Ohio. The players were excited to take the field on national television with ESPN cameras positioned in center field, down the left and right field lines and one behind home plate.

East Holmes came out scoring first and made it interesting for a while until West University put a crooked seven runs on the board in the third. West University then cruised to the 8-1 win to become the first back-to-back champions in Bangor and the first team from the United States in history to win back-to-back titles.

This is West University’s third World Series title, breaking a tie with Hilo L.L., Hilo, Hawaii, for the most Senior League Baseball World Series titles by a U.S. league.

The first inning didn’t start out the way West University starting pitcher Joe Gobillot or manager Clint Sauls might have liked. The U.S. Central champs from Ohio grabbed their bats in the top half of the first inning as Gobillot took the mound but struggled with his command early. He allowed an infield single to Tyson Gingerich and then surrendered two walks to load the bases with no outs.


August 7, 2015
Saipan team gets disaster relief funds; West University wins sportsmanship award

_IMG6918By Chris DeBeck
Communications Staff

Members of the Saipan Little League team from the Commonwealth of the Northern Marinara Islands have been dealing with more than just baseball this week after a typhoon ripped through the Pacific Ocean island chain earlier this week, wiping out homes and electricity and leaving officials to ration water and gasoline and restrict air travel, among other matters.

Friday night at the Senior League World Series awards banquet at the Cross Insurance Center, members of the team received some monetary help for their families to rebuild from what was termed the fiercest typhoon on the planet this year by the National Weather Service.

Dave Mansfield, director of Mansfield Stadium, presented Saipan players and coaches with a symbolic check of $5,000 after the team received their individual awards at the banquet. Joining Mansfield in the check presentation were members of the Old Town Little League, the Maine District 3 champions who served as the host team for the 2015 series.


August 7, 2015
Little League president highlights program’s social value

_IMG6872By Chris DeBeck
Communications Staff

The president of Little League International urged players participating in the 2015 Senior League World Series to thank their families once they return home from the tournament, citing a story of a Hall of Fame baseball player who connected with his stepfather through Little League baseball.

Stephen Keener, also the chief executive officer of Little League International, served as guest speaker at Friday’s awards banquet, held at the Cross Insurance Center.

Keener told the Cross Insurance Center audience of a story he was told by Max Palmer, stepfather of baseball great Jim Palmer, who pitched for the Baltimore Orioles and was ultimately elected to the baseball Hall of Fame after spending 19 seasons in Baltimore.

Jim Palmer’s adoptive father died when Jim was just 8 years old, prompting his mother, Polly, to move to southern California, where she met Max Palmer, a part-time actor. The pair started dating and Max Palmer started to attend Jim Palmer’s Little League games, Keener told the audience.


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