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EDITORIAL: Rooting for Red Land

York Dispatch

Finding a story that unites everyone in a community is a rare and precious thing.

Too often these days, we tend to focus on the issues — social, economic or political — that separate us.

Sports, of course, is not immune.

York County is well known for its divided sports loyalties. Just put a bunch of Steelers and Ravens fans in the same room for few minutes and that will become very apparent, very quickly.

Well, a bunch of boys from Red Land have found a way to buck that trend and unite York County, and even all of south-central Pennsylvania.

Walk into a restaurant, social club or department store, and you have a pretty good chance of hearing your friends and neighbors talking excitedly about the kids from northern York County, and you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who is rooting against them.

Their dominant run through district, sectional, state and regional action has definitely caught the attention of county residents from Lewisberry to Delta and from Wrightsville to Hanover.

In 16 playoff games — all wins — Red Land has outscored the opposition by a whopping 244-13 margin. That's an average winning score of 15.3-0.8. Their closest game was 9-2 and their Mid-Atlantic Region championship victory came by a 12-0 margin.

Now, however, the competition will likely get more difficult. Red Land starts Little League World Series action in South Williamsport at 8 p.m. Friday against the Midwest champion Missouri-Webb City. That opener will be no easy task. Missouri-Webb City won its Midwest final, 10-0.

So there's no guarantee that Red Land is going to roll to the Little League World Series title. In fact, since there are 16 teams left in the tournament (eight American teams and eight international teams), the odds are stacked against the local kids.

No matter what happens, however, the Red Land boys will return home and receive a well-deserved heroes' welcome.

After all, they've done what few others could. They've managed to unite all of York County, and that is something worthy of celebrating.