LLWS: Behind the Call


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  When South Williamsport welcomes the world to the Little League World Series- it is not only teams – it is umpires  .
   And as Eyewitness News Reporter Cody Butler found out today- the language of baseball carries across all boarders.

Watching a game of baseball you mainly focus on the players.
But just like the players, the umpires at the little league world series take pride for coming to the tournament.

“It’s a great, ecstatic, you know, I’ve never umpired a game before in front of this many people before.” Said Sante Delvecchio, LLWS Umpire

Or had a team of umpires from different walks of life.
Sante Delvecchio is from Canada and he is one of two international umpires – the other is from Puerto Rico.  
All 16 umpires had to apply for the volunteer position.

“This group has meshed very well together on and off the field and I could not ask for a better group of guys to umpire with.” Said Sean Guilday. LLWS Ump

Sean Guilday is from Kunkletown, Monroe County  and has been umpiring most of his life.
During his career he has worked with international Umps – so the world series is no surprise there.  

“We know that we are able to work together, mesh together well and not have any problem on the field.

The only unusual part of “umping” these games is the national spotlight that it attracts.

“TV breaks, doing everything for t-v… That’s probably the biggest change from just doing regular baseball games.” Said Delvecchio
 Becoming a little league world series umpire isn’t easy..
     The district administrator in their region has to send a recommendation to little league and then hope they get selected.


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