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Little League World Series Notebook

August 24, 1998

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) _ For the boys from Langley, Canada, getting to Williamsport was an adventure.

Not the regional tournament.

The flight.

Langley’s players and coaches rushed home after winning the regional Saturday afternoon, packed bags, uniforms and aluminum bats and caught the 10 p.m. flight to Boston. They waited at customs and flew to Williamsport ... where they met early morning fog.

They didn’t land until 3 a.m. _ an hour when their opponents were tucked in bed.

``We felt good just to be on the ground,″ manager Brian Sargent said.

And after their 4-3 win over the defending champions from Guadalupe, Mexico, Sargent wouldn’t have had it any different.

``They didn’t have the luxury of thinking about the game, so that turned out to be good,″ he said.

Mike Erickson hit two home runs and reliever Jeff Duda held Guadalupe hitless over three innings as Langley handed the defending champions their second loss of the Little League World Series.

``Let’s face it, unless I’m mistaken, Mexico is the defending champion,″ Sargent said. ``The boys have to feel real good about themselves. This was a great team.″

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STORMY MONDAY: Thunderstorms converged on the Williamsport area Monday, delaying play for an hour.

Kids scouting for home run balls scurried off the hills behind the outfield fence and fans in the uncovered seats rushed out to take care of their hunger with 75-cent hot dogs.

The 11- and 12-year-olds from Langley and Guadalupe played in the dugout and talked to admiring youngsters in the stands.

But with his team down 4-3 in the fifth, Daniel Baca, Monday’s starter for the Latin American champions, stayed loose by throwing to catcher Jose Oregel in an improvised bullpen under the stands.

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OLD-TIMERS: Throwing out the first pitch Monday: Tuck Frazier, who played for Lycoming Dairy during the first Little League season in 1939. On Sunday, Gary Kelly, winning pitcher for the 1948 Lock Haven, Pa., champions threw the first pitch _ a strike right down the middle.

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