As a team of Newton West Little Leaguers pursues the dream of playing in the New England Regionals in Bristol, Conn. this summer, one of their neighbors is hoping to meet them there writes Scott Souza a Daily News Tribune staff writer.
Sherm Wallen, a Newton resident who once played for the Newton South Little League team, was making calls behind the plate and on the basepaths this weekend as Newton West was making its way through the Section 3 tournament and on to the Massachusetts State Championships.
While on the international circuit, Wallen often has a chance to work with Wentworth Trott. Trott, has worked international Little League competitions since 2000 and this weekend got an opportunity to work on Wallen's home turf.
Trott, at Whalen's urging, applied for duty at the Section 3 tournament held last weekend at Newton's Lyons Field and Albemarle Park. With the help of District 10 director Ellen Lipoma, Trott was selected and was also on the field when Newton West edged Westwood, 5-4, in Monday night's Section 3 title game.
"Sherm invited me up to do it and I really wanted to if I could," Trott said. "I really love the game of baseball. I wish the season would last all year round so I could keep doing it."
Trott was also selected to do the state championships, and got the call for the 11-year-old tournament starting today, but instead of heading on to Bristol next week he will be heading back to Bermuda on Aug. 2.
Yet he will return with a strong impression of what the Little League tournament means in Massachusetts after Monday's thrilling Section 3 finale that drew hundreds of spectators to Lyons Field.
"The intensity stood out to me," he said. "I would say the intensity of this part of the tournament here is equivalent to being at the Caribbean Regional final. It was a hell of a game."
Trott said he is thrilled that got to happen in New England this summer. "It has just been a pleasure being in Boston for these tournaments," he said. "It has given me a chance to advance myself as an umpire."