Monday, July 27, 2015
Lehigh Little League Sends Two Teams to State 'Ship
It is very rare for any Little League team to go very far in the annual World Series tournament. Most are eliminated in the early stages. But this year, Lehigh Little League is making a very serious run for the right to make the pilgrimage to Williamsport. Their Major Division, consisting of young men between 10-12 years old, won their District and Section championships. This gave them the right to participate in the State Championship, which started in Newville last night night.
Lehigh is squaring off against seven other section winners from around the state in a double elimination tournament. On Sunday, as a red hot orb beat down on them, they faced appropriately named Red Land. And Lehigh left the field red-faced, after losing 11-1. But that's no surprise. Red Land had outscored its tournament opponents by 141-6 in nine games before facing Lehigh.
The sun will come out today. And so will Lehigh. They play again tonight.
I am trying to get details about the team. I know that Cole Hershman, a very gifted athlete from Notre Dame in Bethlehem, is on the Lehigh squad as a center-fielder. His older brother Grant is a Becahi pitcher.
The winner of this tournament goes on to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Little League Baseball Tournament in Bristol, Connecticut. From there, it's on to the Little League World Series in Williamsport.
As unusual as all this is, I have to add that Lehigh's Farm Division, which is made up of 9 and 10 year-old boys, have also won their districts and section.