With Major League Hall of Famer Andre Dawson looking on, Northern's Jacob Pate didn't fare well in the Little League World Series long-ball contest.
Don't worry, nobody took it too seriously.
Pate popped the first pitch he swung at up, then followed it with a couple of line drives.
Pate and Northern manager Randy Morris, the batting practice pitcher were jokingly pointing the finger at each other.
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"I can't believe he took two on me right down the middle," Morris said. "I am going to blame it on you."
Pate was quick to counter.
"I blame it on him," Pate said.
Northern's Jack Tanner had a an obvious observation of Pate's performance.
"That's the one time you didn't want to swing level," Tanner said.
That was fun, but the real games 1 this afternoon when New England plays the Northwest in Volunteer Stadium. Columbus, representing the Southeastern Region, does not play until 3 p.m. Saturday when it meets Hawaii in Lamade Stadium. That game will be nationally televised on ABC, Channel 9 locally.
In addition to the long-ball competition, the players on the 16 teams got a few pointers from Dawson, who was a stellar outfielder for the Montreal Expos and Chicago Cubs.
"I know there will be pressure," Dawson told the Little Leaguers. "Throughout that pressure, enjoy this experience for what it is."
Pate got to shake Dawson's hands.
"Man, his wrists are huge," Pate said.