Welcome to all the players, coaches, parents and fans visiting Williamsport for the 14-year-old Babe Ruth Mid Atlantic Regional Tournament. Teams from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland will be competing to win their way to the Babe Ruth World Series in Ocala, Florida.
The games begin July 30th at Logue Field located off W. 4th Street across from the Williamsport Middle School. The tournament runs through August 5th with the championship game scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Our own West End Babe Ruth league is the host for the event. For a full schedule of games see page 19.
The West Enders, managed by George Lepley, defeated Levittown 15 to 9 this past week to win the Pennsylvania State Championship. The boys trailed in all six games at Milroy, outside of Lewistown, and rallied to win every game. They fell behind Levittown 7 to 1 before scoring 14 runs in the last three innings for the victory. There will be more to come next week on our area’s latest State Titlist. Congrats to the players and coaches.
Tip of the cap to the West End league president Jim Winder and the first lady of baseball, his wife Bonnie. For over three decades the Winders have dedicated their time and lives in the name of West End baseball. I personally thank them for all they have done for Jimmy and Hunter. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed; the couple will be inducted into the Babe Ruth Hall of Fame prior to the West End game at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening. What a great and well deserved honor.
Babe Ruth baseball is for players 13 to 18 in age. In the early teen years it is crucial for baseball development because of the move from the Little League diamond to the big league sized field. Later it bridges the gap and develops the player for high school ball.
The Winders along with a great Board of Directors and volunteers have provided a league for the greater Williamsport area where players from different schools make lifelong friendships, have an opportunity to play on two quality fields, are treated as part of the “Winder/West End family,” which is more than baseball, and have great success at the state, regional and national level. Since 2005 the West Enders have won 13 state titles competing at the 13, 14, 15 and 16-year-old age levels, five mid Atlantic titles and have won over 60% of their games at the five World Series.
What more can you say about Jim and Bonnie's legacy? If you’d like to take in some great baseball action, take a drive up to Logue field. West End opens play July 30th at 8:00 p.m. Good luck and safe travels to all the teams!
I am well aware of the fact the law allows motorcyclists not to wear helmets. I understand many riders want that freedom. The wind blowing through their hair as they head down the highway in the pursuit of life, liberty and Harley happiness. I get all that. But here is something for you to think about. Michelle and I were traveling to Hunter’s game over in Milroy. Typical Pennsylvania roads; potholes, gravel on the berms, winding country blacktop being shared by users ranging from the Amish to the big rigs.
As I stopped in traffic at a stop sign before turning left to head over the mountain, I believe route 144 just north of Pleasant Gap, I was disgruntled with the traffic back up when Michelle let out a heart stopping “Jim, Jim.” As I looked to my left there were two motorcycles heading down the hill, two riders on each, one was upright and pulling over, the other on its side and sliding to a stop. The riders on the first bike quickly jumped off and tended to the others. They lifted the bike off of the pair. The gentleman driving was shaken but okay, the left side of his black helmet was badly scratched with gravel and dirt stuck in it. The woman riding behind him was down on her back but appeared okay and she was also wearing a helmet.
As traffic moved along and we headed to the game, Michelle and I talked about the tragedy that was prevented by this couple wearing helmets. What was the culprit of the crash? Another driver, speed, one of those Amish buggies? Nope, as they rounded the turn to head down the hill that loose gravel sucked them in and right off the road. Gravel probably on the highway from nearby road construction that was backing up traffic.
So, back to that helmetless freedom. That is your choice. But think about the folks that would have had to deal with the tragedy in my aforementioned story if the two riders had opted for the wind blowing through their hair. Their family, friends and loved ones.
God bless and safe riding.