WILLIAMSPORT, Penn. (WPRI) — The Cumberland American Little League team will take the field on Friday night for their first game of the 2014 Little League World Series.
The team of 11-year-old and 12-year-old boys have had to wait a week to play under the bright lights of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Though playing in front of thousands is a lot of pressure, their coach John Belisle said he trusts the boys.
“They’re just going to have to get acclimated themselves. I can tell them everything that they want to hear, and I will as their coach. They did a great job in prime time for the New England championship final so i think that’s a prelude for what you can expect Friday night,” he said.
Two young players told Eyewitness News at their Thursday practice that those first few moments out on the field will definitely grab their attention.
“Its going to be an ‘awe’ moment for a little bit and then I gotta get focused in and be ready to play baseball,” said John Belisle.
“It will probably be an awe moment knowing a lot people are watching us and then we’ll focus in, do our best, and try to win that game,” Brendan Wright told Eyewitness News.
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The first pitch will be thrown on Friday at 8 p.m., as they will face off against the Southwest Champions from Pearland, Texas.
It’s the second time in four years that Cumberland American has made it all the way to Williamsport.
Eyewitness News Anchor Steve Nielsen is along for the team’s journey in Williamsport. He will be bringing us live reports throughout the day on WPRI 12.