SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Family, friends and the weather all followed the Edmonds-Lynnwood Pacific Little Leaguers here as they compete for a World Series title.
“We brought the Washington weather with us,” Read Carr said on Wednesday afternoon as the team trekked back to its dorm through puddles after batting practice.
Over three inches of rain drenched the practice fields Tuesday and the skies kept opening up through noon Wednesday. The only members of the 16 World Series teams to get any fielding practice this week were filming clips for ESPN.
Fans of the Pacific boys need not worry about their safety. The team has a dance routine named “The Canoe” that will keep them afloat if the nearby Susquehanna River keeps rising.
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Carr described the complicated routine, in which Nate King makes his teammates fall down somehow, then the whole team gets up and mimics rowing in their dugout.
To hear the Pacific squad talk, they might have stepped off the set of a dance competition. There’s also the “I Believe” dance, which they created themselves and perform “whenever we get a good song,” Robley Corsi III said, and “Gangnam Style” is in the rotation.
“Everyone says, ‘Oh, they’re so loose,’ ” manager Robley Corsi Jr. said. “It’s funny because I’ve never looked at them as loose. We are a mellow bunch.”
Some of the Edmonds-Lynnwood parents arrived in Williamsport in time to see their sons float by in the opening parade.
“It’s still kind of surreal,” Dana Kruse said. “We didn’t think we could be here.”
“That’s not true for some of us,” Kelly Schultz said. “Some of us planned our weddings to be here. Though every tournament you’re saying, ‘We’re not going to make it.’ ”
The parents agreed that this team is a close bunch.
“They’ve been together, what, 60-some days, 24/7 for all of that,” April Zepeda said. “Sometimes when I think about this too much I choke up.”
In the cages, some of the boys were choking up themselves in preparation to face Great Lakes champion Jackie Robinson West, of Chicago (at noon Thursday on ESPN).
“Once we get the train going on offense we’re pretty good,” Colton Walsh said. “One kid gets a hit and it keeps us going, motivates us pretty good.”
Manager Corsi Jr. admits that no single one of his players might stack up to the toughest competition.
“They might not all be the very best individually, fundamentally,” Corsi Jr. said. “But once you put them together, oh boy, they are a machine. They are 100 percent a team.”