BANGOR — The U.S. Southwest champs from Tyler, Texas, may not have been excited about playing in the rain Tuesday but they were certainly glad to be playing in 60- to 70-degree weather.
During their regional tournament in Seguin, Texas, near San Antonio, it was more than 100 degrees every day.
“We don’t know what to do with ourselves up here,” said Tyler manager Rahman Kafray. “We like the 60-degree temperatures, although I wish the rain had gone somewhere else.”
“This is definitely a luxury for us,” said Tyler catcher Mason Mallard. “This is a lot easier on us.”
“It’s a little cold, but it’s a lot better than 100 degrees,” said outfielder Asher Boudreaux. “There’s a big difference between being up here and being down there.”
Pitcher-second baseman Braden Nelson agreed but pointed out that they are prepared for all kinds of weather.
“We’re all well-conditioned,” said Nelson. “We don’t let the weather affect us.”
Kafray said during their four games in the regionals, hydration was stressed.
“The kids drank a bottle of water between innings and we had things like wet rags,” said Kafray.
The Texans are enjoying the tournament and the community.
“Everything’s been great. They have a nice complex here,” said Boudreaux.
“It’s fun. It’s a good experience,” said Nelson.
Megan Mansfield enjoys her jobs
Megan Mansfield is a busy person during the Senior League World Series.
But she doesn’t mind.
Mansfield Stadium is her home away from home.
She is the ticket manager and has added the title of concessions manager this year.
But she doesn’t just work at the Senior League World Series, she is on hand for the other tournaments hosted at Mansfield Stadium.
“I’ve been around the stadium ever since it opened. I think I was 7 or 8 when it opened,” said the 27-year-old Mansfield.
She is the daughter of Dave Mansfield, whose active involvement in youth baseball and close relationship with best-selling author Stephen King resulted in the building of Mansfield Stadium.
That also led to Bangor landing the Senior League World Series back in 2002.
They have held it ever since.
Mansfield said she takes her vacation during the Senior League World Series and that she has been blessed with kind bosses who have allowed her to take the week off. She is the sales leader at Express, a clothing store in the Bangor Mall.
It is a week she looks forward to and that it is like “old home week” in that she gets a chance to chat with fans who attend every year.
One of the recent developments that has made her life easier is the decision to supply fans who buy the week-long pass with a lanyard for easy access to the ballpark.
“It has made things a lot easier,” said Mansfield.
She explained that they used to give them something resembling a business card but the fans would lose them.
They also tried a card to scan but “it was hard because we had to have the computers outside (to scan them).”
Fans who elect to buy day passes get wrist bands.
Mansfield was impressed by the crowd that turned out Sunday for District 3 champion Brewer’s opener against Canadian champion Montreal.
“We were pleasantly surprised by the attendance,” said Mansfield. “We figured there would be a big crowd but not that big.”
The grandstand holds 1,500 and there were very few seats available plus fans stood around the field.
She said one of the most important changes in the concession area involves making it restaurant-style in that people walk through a line and purchase what they want instead of standing in a line.
“It saves us from having long lines,” said Mansfield.
The stadium, Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium, is named after her late brother.