The Orioles have settled back into their customary mediocrity after a promising start, the Nationals sit comfortably at the bottom of the National League East, and the Hagerstown Suns, bless their hearts, are playing .400 ball and sitting fourteen games out of first place in their division in the South Atlantic League. But there is still a reason for baseball fans in this area to hold their heads up high and let their hearts swell with smug local pride that will drive our neighbors in the four-state region up a fucking wall. For the first time in forty years, a team from Washington County has qualified for the Little League World Series.
Our local paper, the Herald-Mail — the old gray lady with late-stage dementia — has the story right here. (It’s not written by Bob Parasiliti, so don’t be afraid to read it.)
Here’s the story from Little League Online, with a bit more detail on the upcoming World Series.
The Federal Little League All-Stars are the third team from Hagerstown to qualify for the 16-team international tournament in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and the first since 1968. The Federals won the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship by defeating Devon Stafford Little League 8-3 in Bristol, Connecticut last night. They were undefeated in both the regional tournament, and the local tournaments that preceded it. They will arrive in Williamsport with a perfect 14-0 record.
The Federals play their first World Series game Friday night at 8 P.M. Eastern, facing the Great Lakes Regional Champions from Jeffersonville, Indiana. In addition to teams from all over the United States, the Little League World Series includes clubs from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Saudi Arabia, Guam, Venezuela, and Japan.
Good luck, Federal. Have fun — but kick a little ass up there, too.