Two Mainers are among the 109 umpires who will work the nine Little League World Series events this summer.
Troy Lare of Hermon and William Finley of Portland were among the honorees named Tuesday by Little League headquarters. Lare is scheduled to umpire in the Big League Baseball World Series to be held July 28-Aug. 4 at Easley, South Carolina, while Finley will work the Little League Baseball World Series set for Aug. 20-30 at Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Also announced Tuesday was the umpiring crew for the Senior League Baseball World Series, which will be held Aug. 2-8 at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.
That crew will consist of Adam Carlson (Bothell, Washington), Dan Collins (Tallahassee, Florida), Thomas Curtis (Livermore, California), Greg Hatcher (Beaumont, Texas), James Hinojosa (Romulus, Michigan), Wayne Kardel (North Port, Florida), Curtis Lamontagne (Cypress, Texas), Brian Logan (Farmington, Connecticut), Manuel Rosario-Ortiz (Cayey, Puerto Rico), Scott Strache (Chicago Ridge, Illinois), Michael Welch (New Salem, Massachusetts) and Michael Yamata (Coquitlam, British Columbia).
The process for selection to work a World Series begins with a recommendation from the district administrator to work within their district in above-state tournaments. The regional office considers all nominated umpires before selecting those who most closely meet the selection criteria.
Umpires selected to work a regional tournament will receive an evaluation during the tournament from one or more evaluators designated by the tournament director. An umpire can receive one of two recommendations on the evaluation: recommend working another regional tournament or recommend a World Series. Once an umpire has earned a World Series recommendation, he or she must indicate that they wish to be considered.
An umpire is eligible to be selected for a World Series assignment once every four years, but being chosen to work a Little League Baseball World Series is a one-time opportunity. Umpires volunteer their time each year to officiate games around the world.
Little League International is supporting all volunteer umpires at all nine World Series for the first time this year with a $400 travel stipend to help offset the costs for attending their respective World Series.