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Little League baseball a hit in Milo and Brownville

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 28, July 17, 2002

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

"It's a big, big help when parents really take an interest and come every week."

Observer Photo/Sarah Macllroy
MILO / BROWNVILLE METS These members of the top-hitting little league team. The Mets, gathered to face-off with the undefeated Cubs last week. Pictured, from left, in the front row, are Jessie McLaughlin, Corey Herbest, Noah Bissell, Jeremy Russell, Colby Brown and Philip Larrabee. In the back row, right from left, are Coach Joe McLauglin, Logan Whitten, Shane Wbodard, Ryan Bailey, Cody Andrews, Joe and, Nicholas Richards and Coaches Julie Herbest and Lori McLaughlin.

MILO and BROWNVILLE After kicking off the games in May, a score of local sluggers have stepped up to the plate for the year's Little League Baseball program organized by the Milo and Brownville recreation departments.

Coach Scott Larson helps head up the Cubs team, one of the top-scoring teams this year. He said the team practices quite a bit, requiring some serious commitment from both the kids and their parents.

"It's a big, big help when parents really take an interest and come every week," he said.

Larson, who is in his third year of coaching, said he has enjoyed working with this year's players.

"I've had a bunch of real good kids over the years," he said, "But overall, I think this team is one of the best."

Through lots of practice and hard work, Larson said he hopes the players will have something to last more
than just the summer.

"In practice, you do a lot of drills. It takes a lot of repetition," he said. "But I hope by the time the season's done, they'll come out of it having learned something to carry over to next year."

Packing 30 scheduled games into the summer can take its toll, but after the season is over, Brownville Rec Director Dean Bellatty said team members will be taking a trip to see the Portland Sea Dogs play.

"All of the teams have played pretty well," said Bellatty. "I enjoy seeing the kids improve in their abilities over the season."

As of July 11, team stats were: Cubs, 5-0 ; Mets, 4-2 ; Braves, 4-2 ; Red Sox, 1-4 ; A's, 1-3 and Orioles 0-4.

Belatty also said he would like extend his thanks to the coaches whose volunteer work has made the Little League teams possible:

Play-offs for the teams are scheduled to start July 29.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.