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BB&T Ballpark Hosting MLB/Little League Classic
BB&T Ballpark and the Williamsport Crosscutters are proud to be the host venue of the MLB/Little League Classic taking place on Sunday, August 20 at 7pm. The game features the Pittsburgh Pirates taking on the St. Louis Cardinals in a regular season game that can be seen on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. The national broadcast will begin with Baseball Tonight at 6pm live from BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field. ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball commentators — Dan Shulman, analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone, and reporter Tim Kurkjian — will call the MLB Little League Classic. The game will also be available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and streamed via WatchESPN. MLB Network and MLB.com also will provide comprehensive coverage of the event.
To start the day, Major Leaguers will attend Little League World Series games as a unified demonstration of their passion and commitment to helping grow the game at the youth level. During the game, both teams will wear special uniforms and caps and each jersey will have the player nickname featured in place of their name.
Please note there are no tickets available for this event.

Bases Loaded Statue Unveiled at BB&T Ballpark
The Lycoming County Visitors Bureau unveiled the fourth installment for the Bases Loaded statue project on August 10 at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field. The statue depicts the right fielder in the continuing project. The statue is underwritten by the Williamsport Crosscutters.
Previous statue locations include Market Square, Trade and Transit Centre II Plaza and the Original Little League complex. The Bases Loaded statue project began in 2014 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball. It will culminate in 2021 with the 75th anniversary of the Little League World Series.

Five Cutters Picked for All-Star Event
Five Williamsport Crosscutters were picked to play in the 13th Annual New York-Penn League All-Star game that took place August 15th at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, N.Y. Cutters all-stars were; 1B Greg Pickett, OF Jhailyn Ortiz, LHP Kyle Young along with RHP’s Randy Alcantara and Luis Ramirez.
Inducted into the leagues hall of fame in ceremonies prior to the game were; late Brooklyn Cyclones broadcaster Warner Fusselle, team owner Bill Gladstone & big league skipper Buck Showalter who got his managerial start with the NYPL’s Oneonta Yankees.

Haseley Named UPMC Susquehanna Player of the Week
Cutters outfielder Adam Haseley has been named the UPMC Susquehanna Player of the Week for the week of July 31-August 6. For the week, Haseley hit .435 with 1 home run, 4 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .458. Haseley was the Phillies first-round draft pick in 2017 out of the University of Virginia.
The award was presented prior to the Williamsport Crosscutters game on August 11.

2017 Player of the Week winners;
June 19-June 25 – Greg Pickett
June 26-July 2 – Greg Pickett
July 3-July 9 – Jhailyn Ortiz
July 10-July 16 – Jake Scheiner
July 17-July 23 – Colby Fitch
July 24-July 30 – Jhailyn Ortiz
July 31-August 6 –Adam Haseley

Cutters Card Sets Now on Sale
The 2017 Williamsport Crosscutters card sets have arrived! They feature many top Phillies prospects including Cole Stobbe, Jhailyn Ortiz and Phillies 2017 1st round pick, Adam Haseley. Sets are available for $10 each at the Sawmill Team Store or can be ordered online at crosscutters.com.

Upcoming Home Games/Promotions
Tuesday August 22 vs. Auburn Doubledays - 7:05pm
Bases-Loaded Pin Giveaway #1. Presented by the Lycoming County Visitor’s Bureau. First 1,000 fans.
Two-for-Tuesday. Enjoy 2-for-1 soft drinks during the game.
Charitable Tuesday. Presented by Woodlands Bank. Come out and meet a local non-profit making a difference in our community.

Wednesday, August 23 vs. Auburn Doubledays 7:05pm
Bases-Loaded Pin Giveaway #2. Presented by the Lycoming County Visitor’s Bureau. First 1,000 fans.
Dollar Dog Night. Enjoy $1 hot dogs during the game.

Thursday, August 24 vs. Auburn Doubledays 7:05pm
Carl Stotz/Founder of Little League® Statue Giveaway. Presented by the Lycoming County Visitor’s Bureau. First 1,000 fans.
Thirsty Thursday. Presented by Williamsport Wine & Design. $2 domestic drafts from 6-8pm.
MedReturn Drug Take Back- Turn in your unused & expired medications for safe disposal and get a free hot dog & soda courtesy of Lycoming County District Attorney Eric Linhardt.
Launch-a-Ball. Presented by Lang’s Chocolates.


West End Babe Ruth All-Star Manager Says Teams Sometimes Learn More Through Losing Than Through Winning
By Lou Hunsinger Jr.

The West End Babe Ruth 13-year-old All Stars that fell in the regional Babe Ruth Tournament may have learned as much, if not more, through their losing effort than if they had won. That’s the opinion of their manager, George Lepley, who has managed several West End All-Stars through the years. He shared his thoughts about this with Webb Weekly.
“I have frequently discussed the successes of all- star teams I have been lucky to be associated with, but these four teams all lost an incredibly crucial high profile game,” Lepley said.
“In 2004 I was coaching a 16 to 18-year-old Big League Team. This is Little Leagues division for 16 to 18-year-old high school players. This area started our local Big League program in 1996. We won a state title every year from 1996 until 2016. We also appeared in perhaps 13 regional championship games and five World Series. The only year we didn't win a state title was in the mid-90s, I believe 1996. We lost the only state championship game. In 2004 we went undefeated, reaching the World Series Championship in Easley S.C.
“I have been coaching at Babe Ruth West End since 1994. I have coached all stars since then. At West End, the coaches have been to perhaps 10 regional championships and an additional five World Series. As an aside I would point out that of the eight World Series I have been fortunate enough to coach or manage in the first one in 1996 had my son on the team the last in 2015 had my grandson as a member.
“In 2012 I managed a 13-year-old all- star team which, in everyone's opinion but mine overachieved. We made it to the Pennsylvania state championship game and lost. In 2015 I managed a 14-year-old team Babe Ruth team that lost a regional championship game to a team we beat by 10 runs earlier in the tournament. It was my grandson’s team and it deprived us of a chance to go to a World Series in North Dakota.
“The third game I want to discuss occurred this year. I managed a 13-year-old team and we made it to the Pennsylvania State Championship game. Our team was clearly a stronger team but lost in extra innings after surrendering a three-run lead. While the games were tough losses, even a loss gives opportunities to help give life lessons.
“In 2012 after we lost the game we found out that when the team that beat us got to Regionals they were disqualified as they had recruited ineligible players. It was too late for us to advance as we had all dispersed and gone home. It was tough dealing with the near miss opportunity for the players. It was an opportunity to learn how to deal with disappointment dished out without a fair opportunity to compete.
“In the 2004 World Series game the other team was managed by Bret Saberhagen, a former major league pitcher for the Kansas City Royals that team had nine players who had full scholarships to Division I schools for football or baseball. We had a few players who went on to play for Division 3 schools.
“In both situations, our teams were outgunned, outclassed, and out played. In both situations, the coaching staff had to deal with players realizing that you don't always ‘win’ in life, at least not in the traditional sense. Learning to deal with defeat is perhaps even more important than dealing with a victory. In victory it is easy to pass out praise, there is plenty to go around. In defeat, it is perhaps more important to teach team first. One person never wins or loses a game. A team must rally around itself in defeat, be supportive of the team members who perhaps didn't have their best game. Trying to hand out blame causes psyche damage to the one doing the blame and the one receiving the blame. It is an incredible opportunity to help players empathize with those who didn't have a great game.
“One of the things that I always stress to the all-star teams I have been a part of is that always try to realize how the exuberance that comes with winning has the opposite effect on the other team, and even if you win some games, you will always lose some games — and have to deal with the agony of defeat.
“I always had two rules. Rule one — no one scolds or mistreats the players and secondly — always show respect for the other team, coaches and umpires (I always gave myself special permission to growl at the umpires). In the game in 2014, the coaches (in particular myself) made decisions that were directly responsible for the defeat. It was an opportunity to demonstrate accepting responsibility and dealing with disappointment. In the 1996 State Championship game as coaches, we made some decisions that in hindsight just were not sound.
“All four of these games were not lost by the players. The players were denied a win for reasons that had nothing to do with their play or their talent. But it is part of life's lessons to learn to deal with these concepts. Things do not always go your way, you must then adapt, and learn, and move forward.”



West End Babe Ruth 16-18 Year Team
Falls Just Short
By Lou Hunsinger Jr.

The 16-18-Year-Old West End Babe Ruth All-Star squad fell just short in regional competition, finishing third. But they still had a fine season. Their manager, Tory Shimp supplied Webb Weekly with a summary of this fine team.
“The core group of this team has won four straight Babe Ruth state titles from the age of 13 to now and one Big League state title for a total of five state championships in five years. We finished third in the region, which is a great accomplishment and I am proud of how these kids played and came together.
“This team has shown the ability to come together and play with a passion for each other. They have a high baseball IQ. They understand how to play the game the right way and have fun doing it. It has been a joy coaching and working with this team. In addition to the players, the parents are a huge part of Babe Ruth baseball and have been so supportive of this team. I want to make sure they get the recognition they deserve as well. They provide meals, water and many other things that go unnoticed. If we didn’t have them we could not be as successful as we have been for the last five years. Thank you to all the parents and Jim and Bonnie Winder!”
The core 8:
Isaac Synder – Isaac has been a dominant pitcher for this team in the past and stepped up once again this year. He pitched the state title game against Pine Grove. He was absolutely fantastic. He threw a complete game, struck out 10 and only gave up one hit. Isaac is a big game pitcher and loves to have the ball in pressure spots! Since he was 13 he is undefeated in All-Star play and has pitched in numerous State, Regional and World Series games. Watch out for this guy in 2018!
Ryan Jolin – I consider Ryan the most underrated catcher in the area. We have worked closely together calling games and watching hitters for the last 5 years. He calls all the pitches and keeps the pitchers dialed in the entire game. He may not be the tallest or biggest player out there but he has the heart of a champion. He will do whatever is necessary to win. He is just as tough and clutch when he moves to the offensive side of the ball. He has great hands and power when hits. He is the anchor in the middle of our lineup and provides great length to the order. He will have a big year in 2018!
Cam Pardoe – Cam has been a great player for this team and for teams in the past. I can still remember the catch he made in the World Series game two years ago against Texas to help secure the victory — it was just awesome! Cam came up huge again this year in the State Championship game. In the first inning, he smashed one over the left field fence to give a one run lead that we never relinquished. It was such a huge hit and boost for us! We move on to Regionals and Cam showed how gutsy of a player he is. He played through a back injury during Regionals and continued to play well and support his team.
Ethen Stryker – Ethen, or Big E, is the anchor at the four spot in our lineup. Ethen comes up with big hits and defensive plays all the time. He has worked extremely hard to improve his play at first and is always talking to the coaches about how he can improve at the plate. It has been a blast working with E for the last five years. He is such an easy going kid off the field, but once we step on to it he has the heart of a lion. Just a true competitor and a great teammate!
Hunter Webb – Hunter has been the big bat in this lineup for the last 5 years. When the other team scouts us, Hunter is their primary concern. He has the total package — a 5-tool player. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and always has his teammates’ backs! I love this about Hunter. He will be successful in 2018 and beyond due to his desire to be the best. He is always the last player to leave the batting cage. He just wants to win! I’m sure he will have a huge senior year at Sock in all three sports and have a great college career! Good Luck HJW!
Cody Shimp – Cody has been a rock in right field for the last 5 years and has hit in any spot in the lineup that he has been asked. Cody has the ability to stay calm, cool and collected in pressure games. He always has a big smile on his face and just absolutely loves the game of baseball. I’ll never forget the time when we were 14 in the state title game when he went yard and the ball hit the Pardoes’ car in left field. I think he still owes them some money for that...just kidding. I am definitely fortunate to have such a great kid and I am so thankful we have shared this time together!
Tanner Esposito – T-Sizzle has been a rock in the middle infield and on the mound for this team. He always comes up with big hits and big plays when we need them. He is the definition of a competitor; he never gives up and plays through any injury or adverse circumstances. Tanner is a vocal leader on this team, he always gets guys pumped up and has no problem letting the other teams know we are here to win! Good Luck in 2018 T!
Caleb Joy – Caleb played short stop this year, moving over from second base, and hit ninth in the lineup. Caleb made several great plays in the field and turned our lineup over, acting like our second lead-off hitter. Caleb demands perfection and works hard every day to get better. Caleb has been in every big game along the way and I can still see him sliding across home plate on a passed ball to beat Texas in the 2015 World Series! Keep up the great work Caleb!
New Players in 2018:
Jesse Cornell – Jesse was such a great member of the team. He did a little bit of everything and never blinked an eye. He played five different positions this year and played them all well. He was the lead-off hitter in the lineup and provided leadership on the team. Jesse played on the World Series team two years ago, so he had the experience to provide to the new players and old players. Jesse will be attending West Virginia next year! Good luck Jesse!
Sal White – Sal joined the team after not playing for a year. It was like he never left the game. He came up big at the plate every time he was called upon. He is a great teammate playing left field and right field. At one point he had three consecutive pinch hits in a row, not an easy task. Thanks for everything Sal!
Kyle Caringi – Kyle came to us this year after playing on other Babe Ruth teams in the past. Kyle was huge on the mound in every game he started and relieved. He is a long lanky left handed pitcher that was just lights out each time he took the ball. He pitched the winner’s bracket semifinal in regionals against Delaware. Keep in mind Kyle is 16 pitching against 18 and 19-year-olds; he baffled Delaware winning the game 3-2. Kyle will have a great 2018 at WAHS!
Tyler McCann – Tyler played middle infield and some third base for us. Tyler is a great teammate that stepped up every time he got the opportunity! Tyler started at second base in the State Final. He came up with a huge RBI in the fourth inning with a single to LF to gives a 2-0 lead and made a big defensive play in the last inning to help us go on to another Title. Thanks Tyler! Get better soon!
Jenson Drick and Gage Yohn – Jensen and Gage were both playing with us for the first time. They both play for Montgomery during the HS season. It was a pleasure having these two on the team. They both have a great work ethic and will do whatever is needed to win. Jensen was our designated hitter and backup catcher and Gage played infield and pitched. Great kids with great parents! Look at for the Red Raiders in 2018!
Brandon Loner – Brandon has been with this team for the past three years. I have had the pleasure of watching him grow as a player and in height. He is now almost 6’4”. Brandon plays third base and pitches. He adds a nice left-handed bat in the middle of our lineup. Brandon provided big hit after big hit in every game. We were losing 2-1 to Delaware with two outs in the last inning and Brandon executed a hit-run driving in tying run from first base sending it to extra innings. Good Luck in 2018 B-loney! Keep working hard!
Quentin Brown – Quentin is one of the best hitters and outfielders in the area. He may seem quiet but inside he is a true competitor and grinds out every at bat! He may have the best hands I’ve seen in a while. Soft spoken, but carries a big bat! He does more than just hit too. He has great stuff on the mound from the left-hand side and can track anything down in the outfield! Look for big things in the future from Q!
Riley Hilner – Riley was another utility player on this team that did a little bit of everything. He played outfield, infield and pitched and did all of them very well! Riley was always ready to go and was a great addition to this team in 2017. I look forward to watching him continue to develop and have a big 2018. He will be a big part of the team next year as we try to get to another World Series! Good Luck Riley!
Coaches: Dave Cipriani, Jamie Joy, George Lepley – Once again, I would like to thank all the players for bringing myself and the coaches along for the ride and I want to thank the parents, Jim and Bonnie Winder for all the support! We will be back next year and make a great run at another State Title for West End! #westendproud

 

 

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