Safe at home
By Mark Rogoff and Jesse Caputo
Jeff Wood, Northeastern Regional Manager
for Lenel Systems International, threw out the ceremonial first
pitch prior to Wednesday’s United States Semi-final game featuring
Washington and Hawaii.
For 11 years Wood has donated his time and expertise at the Little
League Baseball World Series, helping Little League with its
security needs by using Lenel’s state-of-the-art technology.
Every square inch of the Little League property is being watched by
surveillance cameras provided by Wood. The cameras, computer
software, player and staff identification badges, and card-swiping
machines make the Little League World Series the ultimate safe
environment for participants and fans alike.
Some say Wood and Lenel provide more equipment at the Series than
the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms (ATF) combined.
Lenel Systems International is a leading provider of software and
turnkey security systems for corporate and government markets. Lenel
focuses on developing products that enable organizations to
effectively protect and manage their people, property and assets by
maximizing IT and infrastructure investments.
Prior to the game, former major league pitcher Kent Tekulve received
the Bill Shea Distinguished Little League Graduate Award from Little
League Baseball and Softball President and CEO Stephen D. Keener.
Tekulve played for the Lindenwald Little League of Hamilton, Ohio.
He went on to enjoy a 16-year major league career, and was a part of
the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates World Series-winning club.
Tekulve, 61, is now a color analyst for Pirates telecasts on Fox
Sports Net in Pittsburgh.
This marked Tekulve’s first visit to the Little League World Series.
He called his Little League playing days “a special time.”
The Bill Shea Distinguished Graduate Award was established in 1987
to honor former Little Leaguers who went on to play Major League
Baseball and still best exemplify the spirit of Little League
Can’t Say It’s a Wash
Mill Creek, Washington players voted unanimously after their 9-4
loss to Hawaii to stay in South Williamsport for the duration of the
World Series. They’ll head back to the Evergreen State on Monday.
Washington on Thursday has scheduled an 11:30 a.m. cross-over
exhibition game against an International team. Canada is the likely
“They were shocked,” Washington manager Scott Mahlum admitted after
telling his players of the exhibition contest.
Mahlum said his kids are excited to not have a set schedule for
their remaining time at the Series.
“They’re kids, they’re looking forward to it,” he said.
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