Red Land Little League to Play in World Championship

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT -- It might be little league, but there was a huge crowd Saturday in South Williamsport.

The U.S. Championship game between Texas and Pennsylvania was a record breaker with almost 46,000 in attendance.

Now, after a thrilling 3-2 walk-off win, the team from York County will play for the world championship.

The kids from Lewisberry had the opportunity to do something Saturday that no team from Pennsylvania has done in 24 years and that's win the U.S. Championship at the Little League World Series.

The Red Land Little League fans call themselves the "Red Sea," and with all the red t-shirts on the hill at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, it was hard to walk around them!

"It's just really exciting for everybody and I'm happy to be a part of the red sea and support them," said Maggie Pozaiz of Lewisberry.

According to Little League World Series officials, the last time a team from Pennsylvania made it to the national championships was in 1990.  So, the fans from York County and beyond came to South Williamsport by the thousands.

"It's so exciting like it Pennsylvania makes it here, but the thing that it's Red Land, it's just mind-blowing," said Richie Gary of Lewisberry.

Security tells Newswatch 16 fans were lined up since 11:30 Friday night waiting to be first inside and they're still coming through the gates.

"I think we're going to beat the attendance record today," said Palmer Rodenhaber. "We're going to have a lot of support behind us and that's awesome."

Palmer Rodenhaber's brother, Dylan, plays for Red Land.  The team represents the Mid-Atlantic Region at the Little League World Series.

"Put this into words for me."

"You can't.  I don't know any other words to describe it," add Rodenhaber. "I mean, they're on the biggest stage of their lives.  They'll never forget it."

Even fans from northeastern and central Pennsylvania got into the Red Land spirit. Bruce Fielding of Troy has a connection to the team.

Fielding said, "My grandsons play on the 7 and 8 year old team for Red Land, so they know all the players. They live there."

This is the second time this week Pennsylvania played Texas.  Red Land fans say they hoped for a repeat performance.

Pozaic added, "Oh it's huge.  Everybody talks about it and everybody watches the games."

Red Land Little League takes on Japan for the World Championship on Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC.


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