The Tallmadge Little League Softball All Stars, who are representing the Central Region at the Little League World Series, were chosen to help one of the teams during the District Challenger Game Aug. 9 in Portland, Ore.
The Tallmadge All Stars and the USA East representative, Robbinsville, N.J., were chosen to help the teams, which feature players with physical and mental challenges. The two teams included players from four districts in the Portland area.
"The coaches pitch to the kids and our players helped each of them on the field," Tallmadge head coach Nick Dadich said. "We helped them field the ball and push them in a wheelchair so they could enjoy the game. We tried to help them in any way we can."
Four umpires were chosen and they would call a pitch a ball, but signal strike. If a player reached first base, every kid was ruled out and safe.
"Every kid is competing on the same field," Dadich said. "Some kids have Down syndrome and some kids are in wheelchairs. It's awesome and the kids absolutely loved it."
The Tallmadge players also were chosen to sing the National Anthem before the game.
"I'm just glad they're here for softball and not singing," Dadich joked. "It was nice. That's a hard song to sing and they did a great job."