2011 Little League Baseball World Series
Williamsport, Pennsylvania - August 18 - 28

Day 7: Notebook

That’s the ticket

Little League institutes new ticket policy as Mid-Atlantic craze continues

Author: Alex Duke and Allie Weinberger

Source: South Williamsport, Pa.

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A new ticket policy is in place for Thursday’s 8 p.m. contest featuring the Mid-Atlantic favorites in the Little League Baseball World Series.

Because of the large crowds expected, most of the tickets for seating in Howard J. Lamade Stadium will be distributed between noon and 4 p.m. on Thursday in the parking lot in front of the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum. The change has been made at the request of law enforcement and Little League security officials, to help alleviate the overcrowding that has occurred on the concourse in some previous games.

The stadium will be cleared at the conclusion of the 4 p.m. game, and will reopen for those holding tickets or Section 1 passes at approximately 7 p.m.

Fans who do not currently have a ticket and wish to be seated in the stadium are encouraged to be in the museum parking lot along Route 15 at or before noon on Thursday. Each person will be given one ticket only, while supplies last. About 4,000 tickets will be distributed.

If any seats remain unclaimed, more tickets for Sections 4 and 5 may be given out at the gates at approximately 7:45 p.m. Fans holding tickets or passes should be in their seats by 7:30 p.m.

Honoring a Legend

During a Wednesday morning rededication ceremony, the U.S. Route-15 Market Street Bridge got a new name. The span, connecting Williamsport and South Williamsport, Pa., just two miles from Little League International Headquarters was rededicated and renamed in honor of Carl Stotz, the founder of Little League Baseball.

Pennsylvania state senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) and other local government leaders joined members of the Stotz family and Little League International on the South Williamsport side of what is now the Carl E. Stotz Memorial Little League Bridge.

Stotz’s daughter, Karen Stotz-Myers, was in attendance at the 10 a.m. ceremony.

"The heritage and legacy my dad left behind isn't only for us but for the world,” she told MSNBC. “And I'm proud to be a part of it.”

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Mexico manager Francisco Picos McDonough said that his team may spend Thursday’s off day in New York City, more specifically at Yankees Stadium when the Bronx Bombers host the Oakland A’s. The Mexicali boys were told by Yankee relief pitcher Luis Ayala, a native of Los Mochis, Mexico, that if the team won Wednesday evening, he would help them get tickets.

"The kids are all Yankee fans—even though I'm a Red Sox fan," said McDonough with a hearty laugh. "But who plays in the games? The kids, so they get to choose."

First Time for Everything

Venezuela's 2-1 extra-inning loss to Mexico Wednesday evening marked its first loss since tournament play began.

"This is our first loss in 18 games," said manager Gustavo Narvaez through interpreter Dr. Luis Sanchez. "We'll definitely have to forget about it [when we play] tomorrow."