Babe Ruth regional tournament doesn’t happen without tireless work of many

As Mifflin County’s 15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team prepares for their trip west, we think it’s a good time to recognize those here in the east who, due to their passion and labor, made it possible for there to be a Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament.

If you visited Armagh Memorial Field during the games, you saw that the facilities were spruced up as Mifflin County welcomed its guests from five states, along with new signage recognizing the team — mostly the same kids — who were Babe Ruth World Series champions just two years ago.

If you were at the field in the days play was suspended, you’d know how hard the field committee and other volunteers worked to have the surface ready for play. Tournament director Lloyd “Sach” Mowery and his team did the Juniata Valley proud, and they deserve commendation.

In no particular order, the folks Mowery counted on are: Jeremy Kibe, Jerry Schnell, Phillip Guss, Doug Hassinger, Kent Smith, Jason Krepps, Abby Krepps, Tim McCardle, Ken Wagner, Randy Hawbrick, Scott Reigle, Leroy Goss, Rod Henry, Ethan Fultz, Jim Corbin, Brad Keefer, Dan Hassinger, Sid Hile, Craig Bitner and Eric Goss.

Also, announcer Otis Riden, Sharon Nichols and concession helpers, Milroy EMS, Milroy Fire Police and Derry Township Fire Police.

Congratulations to the boys for winning, and for the winners named here who did so much for the boys.

And one more thing — we feel it appropriate to remind you that the team needs your financial help as it pays its way in Longview, Washington.

The total cost that must be borne by the local organization will easily exceed $25,000.

Donations are being accepted at any branch of Juniata Valley Bank for the Mifflin County Babe Ruth team account.