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After an interminable wait, it’s time to ‘Play ball!’ again

Following a pandemic hiatus that seemed to last longer than its comparably brief span, Penn College excitedly welcomed visitors Monday to a campus picnic: the leadoff to the diamond anniversary of the Little League Baseball® World Series (Aug. 17-28). For the 16th time, and the first since 2019, the college hosted a picnic for players, coaches, team hosts and umpires in the middle of campus; students and employees, including new President Michael J. Reed, also participated in an evening Grand Slam Parade into downtown Williamsport. Both events featured a special visit from Mariano “Sandman” Rivera – a record-setting New York Yankees relief pitcher who retired in 2013 – and a crowd-pleasing appearance by a series team representing The Keystone State (from Blair County’s Hollidaysburg Little League).

– Photos by Frank T. Kocsis III, student photographer, with an assist from Tom Speicher, writer/video producer

 

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