Little League World Series

Day 8: Notebook

Heavy Schedule


Author: Teddy Cahill

Source: South Williamsport, Pa.

Date: Friday, August 27, 2010 ET

The rain that washed out Monday night's action at the Little League Baseball World Series continues to play havoc with the players' schedules.

After defeating Columbus, Ga., 12-5 Friday afternoon, Waipahu, Hawaii, advances to play in the US finals on Saturday. The West champions will play on five consecutive days, a tall order for Little Leaguers.

But the players are excited for the opportunity.

"I'm pumped," Noah Shackles said.

Manager Brian Yoshii isn't ready for the fun to end either.

"The way things are going it's working, so let's not stop," he said.

Pearland, Texas, got Friday off, meaning its schedule isn't quite as demanding. Still, the Southwest champions will play four games in five days. Manager Mike Orlando said unless there were rainouts, he didn't think his players had ever played even three games in a week.

Sleep Tight

After an emotional comeback win against Auburn, Wash., the Pearland, Texas, players had a difficult time falling asleep Thursday night.

The team didn't have much time to enjoy their 7-5 victory before it was lights out.

"When we got back to the dorm, it was pretty crazy," Beau Orlando said. "We had to go straight to bed. It was crazy knowing we're one of the top two teams in the US."

Beau's father and manager Mike said he thought the team was just fired up from an emotional win. But they were so excited; he had to start his night sleeping in the dorm with the players to calm them down. Once everything was quiet, Orlando returned to his own room to watch film and sleep.

Hat Parade

Many of the Pearland, Texas, mothers have taken to wearing big cowboy hats during the Southwest champions' games.

Mike Orlando said he has heard from some people who feel the mothers are attempting to upstage their children. But Orlando said they're just trying to support the team.

As for the players, they're happy their mothers are representing Texas.

"It's been working and we're scoring runs when they wear them," Jorge Gutierrez said. "Let's keep wearing those hats, ladies."

Special Visit

Caribbean ChampionsIvan Rodriguez hosted the Caribbean champions at Friday night's Nationals-Cardinals game in Washington, D.C. Rodriguez is a native of Manati, Puerto Rico, and played in the same Little League the team is representing in Williamsport.

Puerto Rico was eliminated with a 4-2 loss Monday to Mexico, but remained in the International Grove so it could attend the Nationals' game.

Party Time

After defeating Georgia to reach the US finals, Hawaii held a luau in the neighboring town of Montoursville, Pa. The family of pitcher Shiloh Baniaga, who earned the victory Friday, hosted the event at the house they are renting during the World Series.