Softball: Little League ump to call World Series

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By Mike Cote

For several years, Kerry Coffelt has moved up the ranks in Little League umpiring.Now, he’s made it to the highest level.Coffelt, a longtime local umpire, was selected to call this year’s Little League softball World Series. The World Series will be held in Kirkland, Wash., in mid-August.“It’s a really long process,” Coffelt said. “You just don’t go to the World Series. It’s a coveted honor to go as an umpire. Players have to be good and lucky to get to go to the World Series, and we’ve got to do the same.”Only two umpires were selected out of this Little League region, which includes eight states.The process to even be considered is an arduous one. Coffelt had to attend a regional umpire’s clinic in Waco, Texas, the head office of Little League. This was after calling a regional juniors event in Grand Junction, Colo., in 2005-2006, and regional seniors playoffs in San Antonio last summer.Along with the regional experience, prospective umpires have to score very well on an evaluation, which is assessed in the Waco headquarters.Francisco Guerra, a longtime White Rock Little League and District 1 Little League coordinator, said Coffelt was well-deserving of the honor.“He has earned it,” Guerra said.

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