Massapequa Coast falls to Hawaii in the first game of the Little League World Series

CBS2’s Andrea Grimes was there as the Massapequa community prepared Friday afternoon for a watch party at Burns Park to cheer on their hometown team, one of only 10 United States teams in the Little League World Series.

From the famous All American Hamburger Drive In to Sal’s Meat Market, Massapequa Coast Little League pride was on full display with Massapequa residents and businesses cheering on the first Long Island team to reach the World Series since the 1970s .

“Pretty exciting for the kids and exciting for the neighborhood. It really put Massapequa on the map, so to speak,” Massapequa resident Ed Cannon said.

“Everyone is excited. Well deserved,” Massapequa resident Jane Worthy said.

Last week in a nationally televised game, Massapequa Coast defeated Toms River, punching their ticket to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, home of the World Series.

The 12-year-old boys have traded in their blue and gold uniforms for orange and black and are now representing the Metro area on the world stage.

“We’re excited to be here. It’s like a dream come true for a lot of kids,” Massapequa Coast assistant coach Brian Bequiers said.

A dream for children and adults, says Bequiers. He credits team chemistry for getting him this far.

“The parents are freaking out. I have some butterflies. These kids will be playing in front of 20,000 people today and you won’t even know it. They just want to play baseball,” he said.

At home, the fans hope to go all the way.

Once Bitten Donuts in Massapequa Park is selling special orange and black donuts in honor of the team.

“It’s great. The whole community really comes out to celebrate these kids. They do a great job,” said staff member Catherine Logozzo.

“It’s amazing how a group of 12-year-olds playing baseball can just bring so many people together,” Bequiers said.

They face Hawaii at 7 p.m. Double elimination — 10 American teams and 10 international teams. The winner of the US championship will play the international winner for the grand title.

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