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Picnic/Parade Doubleheader Opens LLB World Series


Pennsylvania College of Technology once again helped to welcome visitors to Williamsport for the Little League Baseball World Series, which begins Thursday and concludes Aug. 26. Prior to formation of the Grand Slam Parade near the northwest corner of campus, the college hosted its traditional picnic for players, coaches, team uncles, umpires and other LLBWS notables. Among the highlights of the march down West Fourth Street was a 1939 Buick Roadmaster from the college’s automotive restoration technology major, commemorating the year that Little League was born. The car is featured on this year’s Penn College trading pin, which was attached to a cleverly designed baseball card and distributed along the parade route.

– Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor; Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday;
and Larry D. Kauffman, digital publishing specialist/photographer

Teams may be opponents within days, but abundant smiles are on the menu at the campus cookout.
Teams may be opponents within days, but abundant smiles are on the menu at the campus cookout.

Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, an all-star shortstop with the St. Louis Cardinals, offers some pregame advice to Series participants.
Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, an all-star shortstop with the St. Louis Cardinals, offers some pregame advice to Series participants.

President Davie Jane Gilmour and collision repair toolroom attendant Vanessa Mathurin, ’18, applied management, and ’15, automotive restoration technology, provide a friendly greeting.
President Davie Jane Gilmour and collision repair toolroom attendant Vanessa Mathurin, ’18, applied management, and ’15, automotive restoration technology, provide a friendly greeting.

Student volunteers form a reception line outside the Bush Campus Center, as Public Relations & Marketing's Tina M. Miller and Tom Speicher (foreground) match each arriving team with its assigned picnic partner.
Student volunteers form a reception line outside the Bush Campus Center, as Public Relations & Marketing’s Tina M. Miller and Tom Speicher (foreground) match each arriving team with its assigned picnic partner.

The automotive restoration technology trailer debuted its new wrap – finished just this week – at the Grand Slam Parade.
The automotive restoration technology trailer debuted its new wrap – finished just this week – at the Grand Slam Parade.

A multitasking Connor Riggs-Soper, Peachtree, Ga.'s first baseman, signs "The Rock" ... complete with his Instagram handle.
A multitasking Connor Riggs-Soper, Peachtree, Ga.’s first baseman, signs “The Rock” … complete with his Instagram handle.

The Wildcat listens intently as volunteers are apprised of the day's itinerary.
The Wildcat listens intently as volunteers are apprised of the day’s itinerary.

A themed parade entry: A 1939 Buick Roadmaster, followed by a 1940 Cadillac limousine once owned by movie star Cary Grant, the automotive restoration trailer and two student-manufactured Baja vehicles.
A themed parade entry: A 1939 Buick Roadmaster, followed by a 1940 Cadillac limousine once owned by movie star Cary Grant, the automotive restoration trailer and two student-manufactured Baja vehicles.

The Europe-Africa team from Barcelona, Spain, is greeted by its Penn College hosts after alighting from a River Valley Transit shuttle.
The Europe-Africa team from Barcelona, Spain, is greeted by its Penn College hosts after alighting from a River Valley Transit shuttle.

The Wildcat volleyball team – joined by coach Bambi A. Hawkins (rear right), learning laboratory coordinator for the paramedic program, and assistant coach M. Theresa Stanko (to her right) – cheers on the Penn College contingent.
The Wildcat volleyball team – joined by coach Bambi A. Hawkins (rear right), learning laboratory coordinator for the paramedic program, and assistant coach M. Theresa Stanko (to her right) – cheers on the Penn College contingent.

Meet Australia's Mason Roo, the credentialed traveling companion of the Gold Coast, Queensland, team.
Meet Australia’s Mason Roo, the credentialed traveling companion of the Gold Coast, Queensland, team.

Tents offer shelter from the blazing (though welcome) sunshine, and outdoor amusement stands ready to make friends out of strangers.
Tents offer shelter from the blazing (though welcome) sunshine, and outdoor amusement stands ready to make friends out of strangers.

Natascha G. Santaella, of Williamsport, gives Penn College pins to passersby.
Natascha G. Santaella, of Williamsport, gives Penn College pins to passersby.

A group ready to greet the world: Olivia J. Hawbecker, of Chambersburg; the Wildcat; Lauren S. Herr, of Lititz; and Cathy E. Gamez, of Williamsport.
A group ready to greet the world: Olivia J. Hawbecker, of Chambersburg; the Wildcat; Lauren S. Herr, of Lititz; and Cathy E. Gamez, of Williamsport.

RA Kelsey L. McKenrick, a dental hygiene major who escorted the West team from Honolulu, displays her autographed T-shirt.
RA Kelsey L. McKenrick, a dental hygiene major who escorted the West team from Honolulu, displays her autographed T-shirt.

The Wildcat grants many requests for hugs during the parade.
The Wildcat grants many requests for hugs during the parade.

The tree-shaded expanse of a well-maintained campus allows more-than-adequate space for getting acquainted.
The tree-shaded expanse of a well-maintained campus allows more-than-adequate space for getting acquainted.

Resident Assistant Nathaniel H. Lyon, of Fredericksburg, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major, breaks the ice with his assigned Panamanian team by sharing photos of wildlife from his summer internship.
Resident Assistant Nathaniel H. Lyon, of Fredericksburg, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major, breaks the ice with his assigned Panamanian team by sharing photos of wildlife from his summer internship.

Members of the Baja team returned to campus early to test their off-road vehicles and rev them up along the parade route. Seated in the No. 14 car is Daniel M. Gerard, of Doylestown. The remainder of the group, from left, is made up of Christopher M. Schweikert, of Jamison; Trevor M. Clouser, of Millmont; and Jonathan R. Sutcliffe, of Orangeville.
Members of the Baja team returned to campus early to test their off-road vehicles and rev them up along the parade route. Seated in the No. 14 car is Daniel M. Gerard, of Doylestown. The remainder of the group, from left, is made up of Christopher M. Schweikert, of Jamison; Trevor M. Clouser, of Millmont; and Jonathan R. Sutcliffe, of Orangeville.

Elisha R. Arantowicz, of Birdsboro; Zachary J. Kravitz, of Berwyn; and Alaina M. Murren, of Aspers, greet teams.
Elisha R. Arantowicz, of Birdsboro; Zachary J. Kravitz, of Berwyn; and Alaina M. Murren, of Aspers, greet teams.

Pingpong proves a popular addition to the schedule, an opportunity to kill time between the cookout and parade.
Pingpong proves a popular addition to the schedule, an opportunity to kill time between the cookout and parade.

"The Wizard of Oz" worked his magic with picnic attendees ...
“The Wizard of Oz” worked his magic with picnic attendees …

... in formal photos with every Series team ...
… in formal photos with every Series team …

... and in leisurely conversation with tomorrow's baseball legends.
… and in leisurely conversation with tomorrow’s baseball legends.

With excitement and anticipation as a backdrop, a reporter covering the Staten Island, N.Y., team prepares for a news broadcast.
With excitement and anticipation as a backdrop, a reporter covering the Staten Island, N.Y., team prepares for a news broadcast.

On the eve of Series play, the president congratulates the 16 teams in this year's bracket.
On the eve of Series play, the president congratulates the 16 teams in this year’s bracket.

The Wildcat greets its many fans.
The Wildcat greets its many fans.

The New England contender brought its mascot along for the adventuresome ride from Coventry, R.I., to South Williamsport.
The New England contender brought its mascot along for the adventuresome ride from Coventry, R.I., to South Williamsport.

Automotive restoration technology student Erik W. Weigle, accompanied by his 12-year-old son, drives a 1939 Buick Roadmaster, which shares its birth year with Little League Baseball.
Automotive restoration technology student Erik W. Weigle, accompanied by his 12-year-old son, drives a 1939 Buick Roadmaster, which shares its birth year with Little League Baseball.

Technology helps make the world smaller for Mexican Little Leaguers and student volunteer Emily K. Conklin, a dental hygiene major from Port Allegany.
Technology helps make the world smaller for Mexican Little Leaguers and student volunteer Emily K. Conklin, a dental hygiene major from Port Allegany.

Daniel C. Frankenfield, baker for the School of Business & Hospitality, serves up all-American picnic fare. He graduated in applied management (2017) and baking and pastry arts (2016).
Daniel C. Frankenfield, baker for the School of Business & Hospitality, serves up all-American picnic fare. He graduated in applied management (2017) and baking and pastry arts (2016).

Smith's World Series ring catches the sunlight as he signs a ball for a member of the media.
Smith’s World Series ring catches the sunlight as he signs a ball for a member of the media.

Student-designed and -manufactured Baja vehicles sprint through the parade route.
Student-designed and -manufactured Baja vehicles sprint through the parade route.

As the afternoon shadows lengthen, players take Sharpies in hand in what has become a World Series ritual.
As the afternoon shadows lengthen, players take Sharpies in hand in what has become a World Series ritual.

Santaella, an applied management student – who is thrilled that a team from her Puerto Rico homeland is in this year's Series – makes sure that even the umpires feel the love.
Santaella, an applied management student – who is thrilled that a team from her Puerto Rico homeland is in this year’s Series – makes sure that even the umpires feel the love.

The coolest 'cat around matches a player's victory dance inspired by the Fortnite video game.
The coolest ‘cat around matches a player’s victory dance inspired by the Fortnite video game.

Language barriers melt away in a cross-cultural exchange of good humor.
Language barriers melt away in a cross-cultural exchange of good humor.

Ethan P. Cummings, of Etters, shares the Penn College giveaway with parade-goers.
Ethan P. Cummings, of Etters, shares the Penn College giveaway with parade-goers.

Just a couple of ex-major leaguers talkin'! Smith gets a scouting report on this season's Penn College Wildcat coach (and former Seattle Mariner) Chris Howard.
Just a couple of ex-major leaguers talkin’! Smith gets a scouting report on this season’s Penn College Wildcat coach (and former Seattle Mariner) Chris Howard.

A young parade-goer gives the Wildcat a second look while posing for a photo.
A young parade-goer gives the Wildcat a second look while posing for a photo.

Whether on the ballfield or the cornhole pitch, players are never short on competition.
Whether on the ballfield or the cornhole pitch, players are never short on competition.

By picnic's end, players' signatures cover a campus landmark – certain to be noticed when students arrive this Welcome Weekend.
By picnic’s end, players’ signatures cover a campus landmark – certain to be noticed when students arrive this Welcome Weekend.

 

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