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Hot Dog Leading By Slim Margin In Little League World Series® Election: Can Hamburger Ketchup?

In this noted battleground state of Pennsylvania, preliminary results from Sportservice’s ballpark election contest reveals Hot Dog edging out to 51-49% lead
Williamsport, Pa. – Delaware North Companies Sportservice, a global sports hospitality leader and concessions provider at this year’s 62nd Annual Little League World Series®, today announced preliminary results in the hotly-contested election between Hot Dog and Hamburger.

With nearly 1,000 ballots cast already by Little (League World Series) fans at the LLWS complex, Hot Dog holds a very slim 51-49% lead vs. Hamburger in its campaign to be the kid’s choice for the best ballpark beef. Hot Dog currently leads the voting 489-470.

Thus far, the election has proven to be a global response to the age old question, with young baseball fans from across the country, as well as Japan, Venezuela, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Guam making their choices heard. Voting is being overseen on site by Sportservice Executive Chef Joe Ditri, and will continue through Saturday with the ultimate winner announced during the Little League World Series Championship Game this Sunday. More than 300,000 fans are expected to attend this year’s tournament.
Meanwhile, hot dog is trouncing hamburger at the concession stands, with Little League World Series fans gobbling up more than 7,000 hot dogs per day as Sportservice posts record-breaking sales figures at the complex. Fans are choosing hot dogs over their rival burgers by a nearly 10-1 margin, according to Ditri.

Among the other hot products at the 62nd Little League World Series are Dipping Dots, driven by several new ice cream kiosks throughout the complex this year. French Fries continues its domination as the ultimate side food with LLWS fans devouring more than 8,250 pounds of spuds in just the first three days of competition.

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Duhay, Winchester Carry West to Win Over New England

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Game 3 of the Little League World Series started quickly as the team from Waipio, Hawaii got three quick outs in a three up, three down inning. After the quick defensive start, the team was able to fine some offensive momentum as Tanner Tokunaga led off with a single and was brought in by a wild pitch with the bases loaded to give Hawaii a 1-0 lead.

Just as Hawaii got its momentum however, New England fired back. Starting pitcher Eddie Kochiss made contact and sent a homerun into the crowd to tie the game at 1-1.

The 4th inning highlighted a great performance by the Hawaii pitchers. Pitcher Caleb Duhay walked one batter and struck out three to end the top of the inning. Combined, the Hawaii pitchers only allowed two hits for the night.

To follow, Hawaii’s Christian Donahue led off with a single and was able to advance to third base because of a passed ball and a stolen base. He later reached home to make it 2-1 in their favor on a third strike wild pitch thrown to Tanner Tokunaga.

In the top of the fifth the rains came and a 1hr. and 25 min. rain delay followed. As the groundscrew worked to get the field ready for play the teams waited to see what the outcome would be.

With one runner on base and two outs New England hitter, Matt Batten struck out and moved the game into the 6th inning. Not letting the delay bring them down, Hawaii hitter Pikai Winchester stepped up to the plate after the long delay and hammered a home run to lead off the inning and give Hawaii the insurance run to go up 3-1.

Full Game 3 Story: Duhay, Winchester Carry West to Win Over New England

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THE NEWBERRY WORLD SERIES RUN OF 1969

At a Cutters game one night, I turn my head and see Bob Smith, Herb Cohick and Don Cohick. Smith is the long time Williamsporter who has had a great high school baseball coaching career in Naples, Florida. Herb Cohick is the father of Don Cohick and Don was the pitcher/shortstop on the Newberry Little League team that played their way from the Little League field on Arch Street all the way across to Lamade Stadium for one of the eight spots in the 1969 Little League World series.

After his world series experience, Cohick went on through Williamsport Area High School, the Air Force Academy and into the United States Air Force as a pilot.

” I am still flying. We live in San Antonio, Texas and I fly for Southwest Airlines”, said Cohick. Then slapping Smith on the back, he chuckled and said, “I might move back when Newberry is ready for its next world series run. Maybe Bob and I could be coaches.”

From here it is all Herb Cohick and his memory books he had not opened for some years.

He said, “You have really made my day. I have wanted to get these down for some time just to review what that 1969 team accomplished during that season.”

What they accomplished was to become only the second Williamsport based All Star team to play in a Little League World series. The first was the Maynard Little League Midgets in 1947. That team played in the first ever series known then as the National Little League Tournament.

Managed by the late Fred Heaps and coached by Jim Hamilton, Newberry swept every level of the Little League playoff format in that year to become one of the eight world’s finalists in the 1969 series.

Who were these “kids”? In that era of Little League All Star play the pattern was to have two strong pitching starters. Newberry had fast balling Steve Carney and the breaking ball Cohick. Both were very capable of pitching strikes to their catcher Mike Prowant. It was a 1-2 pitching punch and which ever one was not on the mound they could be found at shortstop and hitting in the second (Cohick) and third (Carney) slots in the batting order. Joe Zaboski (2B) was the lead off hitter and Randy Vaughn (CF) batted in the cleanup spot. Steve Kramer (1B) was next followed by Doug Cline (LF). Prowant was in the Number 7 hole with Allen Reed (RF) and Rusty Sechler (3B) rounding out the order.

Heaps and Hamilton could then choose from reserves Brian Nasdeo, Scott Peterson, Steve Salvatore, Tom Green and Jim Hamilton. Joe Eck was also a player but did not get any playing time due to an injury.

“It is hard to believe,” said Herb Cohick, “that these guys are all about 51-52 years of age now but when I look at my books they are still those 11-12 year olds who took all of us on a wonderful run. Fred had managed the All Star teams of 1965 and 67 and had the team in the playoffs. Carl Hunter took them in 1968 but in every year they would get a good start but then get defeated once out of this area. But not in 1969. They had the good start and then were able to play past those teams out west of here.”

He added, “We opened with wins over District 12 Area One teams Loyalsock (6-0), South (18-0) and Montoursville (11-1) . Then beat Flemington (4-1) and Bellefonte(7-0) in two games played at Lamade Stadium. Now the Sectionals “on the road” at DuBois where it was a pretty tense two games as Newberry defeated Huntington 2-0 and then bested Latrobe 3-2.”

The Newberry All Stars had seen their seasons end in 1965 and 1967 with losses to Latrobe and came home as Sectional runners up in those years.

On to Kittaning for the Pennsylvania state championships. Herb then remembered, “two things I had not ever seen before in Little League baseball. The kids defeated St Theresa of Pittsburgh 4-1 and, I kid you not, their pitcher, remember now, was to be not older than 12, had a light mustache and beard. The next day we did a great job in beating Levittown by a 6-2 score. When the game ended their coach ran out to the mound, picked Don (Cohick) up and swung him around in congratulating him for the way he pitched against his kids. You don’t see that too often.”

The Eastern Regionals were played in Belleville, NJ. After shutting out Connecticut, “a kid by the name of Hunter Brett from Smithtown, New York had the kids down when a hard thunder storm stopped the game for some time. It was the first time they were ever behind so it didn’t look good. But when the storm passed, Fred and Jim had the kids ready to play and they came back to win it 8-4 to get into the world series! Later we learned that Brett’s mother had already booked rooms in Williamsport for the series. She was, of course, very upset.”

“We will never forget the great reception given to the team on coming home! City fire trucks and hundreds of fans greeted them out on the (Montgomery) Pike and escorted them to the field on Arch Street where they were given a great greeting!. The people of Holy Rosary Church took care of feeding them. It was a not to be forgotten evening!”

Newberry was rained out of their Tuesday opener and became part of a rare four game schedule the next day. They played at 9 A.M. and dropped a heart breaking 2-0 game when they were no-hitted by California’s Santa Clara whose lineup included future major leaguer, Carney Lansford. Cohick took the loss on a day when he allowed just three hits while striking out out 11 including Lansford.

That put Newberry into the loser bracket games with no chance of winning the world series. But in their two remaining games, the team came back to defeat Weisbaden, Germany 4-0 and closed out with a 2-1 win over a team from Puerto Rico to give them a 13-1 run as All Stars and 5th place in the world.

One added note. The radio voice of this team was Vince Campana on WLYC. He was with them every step of the way and did games from some very “hand made” broadcast locations to bring the games back home.

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Southern Guam Little League Wins Asia-Pacific Region Qualifies for 2008 Little League Baseball World Series

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Southern Guam Little League from Yona, Guam, has won the Asia-Pacific Region Championship, and is the third league to qualify for the 62nd Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
 
The Southern Guam Little League defeated Hong Kong Little League, 5-2, in the championship game. The Asia-Pacific Region winners finished the 12-team tournament with a 6-0 record to earn a spot in the 2008 World Series.
 
Teams from Guam have competed in the Little League Baseball World Series four times, but have never played for the World Series championship. The most recent qualifier from Guam was Central East Little League from Barrigada in 2005. This is the first time that Southern Guam Little League will be represented in the World Series Tournament.
 
Southern Guam Little League joins Latin America Region Champion Coquivacoa Little League of Maracaibo, Venezuela, and Japan’s national Champion, Edogawa Minami Little League from Tokyo, as participants in the 2008 Little League Baseball World Series.
 
The Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds will be played in Williamsport, Aug. 15-24. Sixteen teams from around the world will take part.
 
The World Series championship game can be seen live on ABC at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 24. ABC also will televise the International Championship Game on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 12:30 p.m., followed by the United States championship at 3 p.m.
 
The 2008 World Series will be the second operated under the eight-year television contract agreement with ESPN/ABC. Five games will be televised on ABC. This will be the third year that all of the World Series games will be televised in high definition. For the seventh year since the tournament expanded from eight to 16 teams in 2001, every team will have games on national television.
 
All 32 games of the World Series will be televised again this year. Fifteen World Series games will be televised on ESPN and 11 will be televised on ESPN2.
 
In addition, the ESPN family of networks will carry all eight of the U.S. Regional Championship finals in the Little League Baseball division. The U.S. regional finals have been televised by ESPN and ESPN2 every year since 1997. Little League International also has formed a unique relationship with the New England Sports Network (NESN) and Madison Square Garden network (MSG) to televise the New England and Mid-Atlantic regional tournaments in Bristol, Conn. Each network will televise four early-round games.
 
The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided on Saturday, when the Caribbean Region Tournament in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles is due to end.
 
The U.S. region finals, which will be televised live, are: Thursday, Aug. 7 – Southwest (Waco, Texas, 9 p.m., ESPN2); Friday, Aug. 8 – Southeast (St. Petersburg, Fla., 8 p.m., ESPN); Saturday, Aug. 9 – Midwest (Indianapolis, noon, ESPN); New England (Bristol, Conn., 2 p.m., ESPN); Great Lakes (Indianapolis, 7 p.m., ESPN); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., 9 p.m., ESPN2); Sunday, Aug. 10 -West (San Bernardino, Calif., 10 p.m., ESPN); Monday, Aug. 11 – Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., 8 p.m., ESPN).
 
Little League Baseball and Softball is the largest organized youth sports program in the world, with 2.7 million participants in all 50 states and scores of other countries.