D4 Friday, July 8, 2011 • THE BULLETIN
Jessica Lovelace / Submitted photo
Bend’s Chase Anderman umpires a game at the District 5 Little League All Star Tournament Wednesday in The Dalles.
Umpire Continued from D1 “I watched my dad umpiring games with some of his friends and I thought it looked like an interesting thing to do,” said Chase, who before he was injured at midseason also played for the Durham Bulls of the Bend North majors. “Whenever I went to Bend Elks (summer collegiate baseball) games, I would always watch what the umpires are doing, and I just decided that I wanted to give it a try.” The Andermans, father and son, are serving as umpires in the weeklong district tournament, which continues through Saturday. The two have been officiating Bend North Little League games since the beginning of the season in April. “It’s a pretty rare thing to see a kid being an umpire,” said Greg Anderman, 45, president of Bend North Little League. “I’ve only seen one other kid who was an umpire: A 14-year-old boy from La Pine worked at the district tournament last year in Bend. … We’ve tried to encourage more kids to do it, and there’s a junior umpire program available for them learn how to become an umpire.” The Andermans officiated 10U games every Saturday during the Little League regular season. (The 10U level is the only level for which Chase Anderman is approved to umpire.) Often, Chase would play in one game and umpire in another on the same day. “We want to get young kids involved in umpiring so that they’ll develop and understand how to do it,” said Greg Anderman. “Hopefully some other kids will become umpires and then maybe they’ll continue doing it as adults.” Chase played second base and pitched for the Durham Bulls. His brother Dylan is a member of the Bend North squad that played Thursday in the 11U district title game and won 20-6 over Hermiston. Chase’s baseball season was cut short by a broken left foot he suffered in mid-May. He has recovered well from the injury, but he still has a noticeable limp while running around the field. He said it hurts a little when he’s running, adding that he expects to be fully recovered in a few more weeks. This is the first time Chase has ever been an umpire at a tournament, and after he appeared in opening games last Saturday, there were many surprised fans, players and coaches, including John Day River 10U manager Justin McLaughlin, of Dufur. “Prior to our game with The Dalles July 4, we were all wondering why there was a kid with an umpire uniform wandering around on the field,” said McLaughlin. “He did an awesome job out there too, making all the right calls.” Greg and Chase both attended a three-day umpire training camp in February at the Oregon State University practice facility in Corvallis. Chase was instructed about all the rules and participated in numerous drills, including being behind the plate with a pitching machine to help prospective umpires learn how to call balls and strikes. “The camp was a lot of fun and it definitely helped me learn how to become a good umpire,” said Chase, adding that he was the youngest participant at the camp. “In one of the demonstrations by instructors, we were out on the field and we had to make calls to determine whether a baserunner was either safe or out. I
was always in front of everyone and watching closely during each demonstration. I’ve learned so much more about the game being an umpire than I did as a player.” Chase was a plate umpire in a couple of regular-season BNLL games, but he has not been allowed to work behind the plate in the district tournament because of his lack of experience. Chase says he hopes to be calling balls and strikes at next year’s district tournament. “Being a field umpire is fun,” he said. “But being a plate umpire would be even more fun, because you get a little bit more involved in the action.” In a meeting with umpires and Little League presidents earlier
this season, Phyllis Kosanke, the District 5 tournament director, was one of several officials who helped determine that Chase could work as an umpire at the tournament. “The teenager from La Pine did a good job at last year’s tournament, so I thought that it would be intriguing to have Chase as an umpire in The Dalles,” said Kosanke, of Redmond. “Chase is the youngest umpire that we’ve ever had a District 5 Tournament, and he’s done a very good job all week here.” Chase has worked alongside other umpires, such as Michael Blackmer of White Salmon, Wash., as an unpaid volunteer umpire at the tournament. (Ac-
cording to Kosanke, Little League requires that umpires serve on a volunteer basis.) “It was a unique experience for me being in a game with Chase, and I felt a little skeptical having to work with such a young umpire,” said Blackmer, who worked with the younger Anderman during the John Day River versus The Dalles game on Monday. “During the game, I noticed at least two plays that he brought to my attention and he made the proper calls. He’s very alert; he’s definitely loud when he makes calls with an authoratative voice so that everyone can hear and understand him. “He’s going to be a very good umpire when he’s a little older.”
Continued from D1 Win that game, and the U.S. would play Brazil for yet another title — this one at the World Cup. The U.S. beat Brazil to win the gold medal at the past two Olympic Games; Brazil was runner-up at the 2007 World Cup after knocking the Americans out in the semifinals. But the Americans blew the gameplan with their 2-1 loss to Sweden on Wednesday night. Needing only a draw to avoid Brazil, the U.S. instead lost a group stage game for the first time at the World Cup. Rather than the “easy” road laid out for them, the Americans have to go through Brazil just to get to the semifinals. The U.S. and Brazil play Sunday, with the winner taking on either England or France in the semifinals Wednesday. “We go into every game wanting to win. And we didn’t,” Shannon Boxx said. “The good thing is, now we’re into the quarterfinals anyway. We have a tough opponent against Brazil and we’re excited about it. We said we’d have to face them at some point if we went all the way. Now we’re just facing them a little earlier.” What the Americans see as confidence others might call denial. This, after all, is the same team that has lost four games since November after going unbeaten for more than two years. The same team that lost in regional qualifying to Mexico, which had gone oh-fer against the Americans in the first 25 tries. The same team that left more chances on the field in the first three games than some teams will see in three World Cups. But it’s those chances that have the U.S. convinced they are only inches away from a commanding performance that could make all the different scenarios at the World Cup irrelevant. “We had so many chances
and we had good opportunities. We’re happy with the fact we had so many shots on goal,” said Cheney, who put a side volley over the crossbar early in the second half. “So they’re coming. We’re creating chances, which is great. We felt a little unlucky some of them didn’t go in, but that’s just the way soccer is sometimes. “The goals are going to come. We need to just keep doing what we’re doing.” Well, not everything they’re doing. Sweden scored its first goal off a penalty kick after Amy LePeilbet tripped Lotta Schelin in the box in the 14th minute, and the U.S. defense looked downright clunky in the first half as it failed to contain the speedy, aggressive tandem of Schelin and Josefine Oqvist. The U.S. got away from coach Pia Sundhage’s preferred style of offense, reverting back to its old habit of sending long balls over the defense rather than creating plays through the midfield. It didn’t help that the U.S. was without Heather O’Reilly, whose speed on the flanks automatically gives the offense more creativity and versatility. O’Reilly, who sat out the game with a sore groin, is expected to play against Brazil. “We could have been a little more patient, especially in the attacking third,” Sundhage said. “We were too eager to get in the box.” Despite all that, the Americans had a whopping 20-9 advantage in shots, including a 6-5 edge in shots on goal. The U.S. kept Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl so busy in the second half she barely had time to catch her breath. “I never once thought we were going to lose, not until the final whistle blew,” Cheney said. “If the effort is there, we’re all talented soccer players. It’s going to come together for us.” If it does, the U.S. might yet be part of blockbuster final after all.
Published on Jul 8, 2011