I am so proud to say that I am from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The city is the home of the Little League World Series, an event where for the next couple of weeks our community comes alive and opens our arms to people from all over the world. The fever has already started this past week as division championships took place to decide which teams would get to play on famous Lamade Field in South Williamsport. It’s certainly an exciting time in our region.
Williamsport is also now famous for being the seventh fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation thanks to the natural gas industry. So, last year when the Responsible Drilling Alliance decided to play Grinch and put up an anti-natural gas billboard across the road from the stadiums, I knew it offended more than a few local attendees now employed by this industry.
It also made me wonder, though, since the Marcellus is not the only natural gas or oil play in the country, who else might it have offended at a time when we are supposed to be welcoming visitors to our community? Let’s take a look at the American teams in this year’s 66th Little League World Series to find out.
Great Lakes: New Castle, Indiana (Henry County)
Midwest: Kearney, Nebraska (Buffalo County)
Mid-Atlantic: Parsippany, New Jersey (Morris County)
New England: Fairfield, Connecticut (Fairfield County)
Southeast: Goodlettsville, Tennessee (Davidson and Sumner Counties)
Southwest: San Antonio, Texas (Bexar County)
Northwest: Gresham, Oregon (Multnomah County)
West: Petaluma, California (Sonoma County)
We'd love to hear if you know anyone playing in this year's series! Stop in on our website and let us know or to show your support for your home state teams!