Old Forge Principal Chris Thomas stays involved with Little League World Series


By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch



Old Forge High School Principal Chris Thomas served as home plate umpire for the International Championship game between Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport in 2014.


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    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — Chris Thomas has had his one year on the field as an umpire at the Little League Baseball World Series.

    By Little League rules, the Old Forge High School principal is therefore not eligible to do another series on the field in Williamsport.

    Little League has, however, found other ways to keep the highly respected umpire involved.

    Thomas was on the field for the closest thing there was to a Little League World Series game this year and he’s been close by periodically since.

    When the completion of the Great Lakes Regional championship game had to be moved from Indianapolis to Lamade Stadium to finalize the tournament field Aug. 15, three days before the 16-team event started, a four-man crew of umpires from Pennsylvania was put together to handle it.

    Thomas was part of the crew that handled the Great Lakes game between Bowling Green Eastern, Kentucky and Essexville-Hampton, Michigan, the first regional final to be played in Williamsport.

    During the Little League World Series, Aug. 18-28, Thomas was part of a rotation of umpires serving in the instant replay booth, making decisions on video reviews that are used in the series.

    With ESPN televising all games, the video is available from multiple camera angles to take a second look at calls when one of the two teams’ managers makes a request for a review.

    Old Forge High School Principal Chris Thomas served as home plate umpire for the International Championship game between Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport in 2014.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_OFump3.jpgOld Forge High School Principal Chris Thomas served as home plate umpire for the International Championship game between Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport in 2014. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

    By Tom Robinson

    For Sunday Dispatch

    Reach the Sunday Dispatch newsroom at 570-655-1418 or email [email protected]

    Reach the Sunday Dispatch newsroom at 570-655-1418 or email [email protected]

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