CAMP HILL, Pa. (WHTM) – Fans packed Flinchy’s Friday night to watch Red Land play in the Little League World Series. Other folks made the trek to Williamsport.
The afternoon before Red Land’s Little League World Series debut, fans young and old tailgated at the Dick’s Sporting Goods on the Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg. They enjoyed games, food, face painting, and music. Most of the fans were also family members trying to calm their nerves.
“Nerve-racking and very exciting. I’ve never been so proud of my little brother,” said Gabi Bermeulen. Her brother is third baseman, Bailey Wirt. “I’ve watched these boys play since tee ball, so seeing them make it to the Little League World Series, so crazy.”
“I wish it was over in a way so that I would know if they won for sure. But I think they will,” said Selma Reisch. Everyone calls her “GG,” because she is the great grandmother of pitcher/shortstop, Jaden Henline. “I’m so proud of him. I’ve been with him ever since he started t-ball all the way up through to this. It’s been amazing,” she said.
Everyone was dressed in Red Land attire from head to toe. Some of it was superstition, like some wooden necklaces.
“Whenever anybody would try to talk about the next game this season, we were always searching for wood to knock on,” said Lisa Cubbler, whose son is outfielder, Jake Cubbler. “So the siblings made these little wooden necklaces for us so that we would always have something to knock on when we talked about the next game,” she said.
Like the old baseball song, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” goes, Dick’s Sporting Goods paid to take the fans and family out to the ball game.
“We love being able to give back to the communities that we serve through our store,” said Bobbie Bardzik, Dick’s Sporting Goods Spokesperson. “So this is just one of the ways that we can celebrate and you can feel the excitement in the air and the buzz,” she said.
“With all the stress and everything they’ve had here the last couple weeks, this has been a blessing in disguise for all of them,” said Scott Sozanski, President of Red Land Little League. “Hopefully they accomplish it but what they’ve accomplished so far has met everyone’s expectations by far,” he said.
Dick’s Sporting Goods at 5950 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA is selling Red Land Little League T-shirts. They are $20, and $5 of that goes back to the team.
Flinchy’s will donate 10% of their food profits from Friday night to the Four Diamonds Fund.