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PHOTO PROVIDED Six sports management students from the University of Lock Haven got an inside look at how the game works.

LOCK HAVEN — When Major League Baseball played its annual Little League Classic (LLC) in Williamsport on Sunday, August 20, six sports management students from Commonwealth University’s Lock Haven campus took a close look at the operation Match.

This year’s Little League Classic game between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox took place at Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field. The LLC is part of MLB’s outreach to young players and fans and is a bonus for Little League teams traveling to Williamsport. Little League World Series teams around the world have the opportunity to see MLB stars up close and meet and connect with players.

Ethan Walker, a sports management student from Lock Haven in Hillsgrove, had a good view of a game-changing moment.

“I was working in the temporary seats along the third base line when Jorge Mateo hit a double on the third base line with bases loaded and sent three runs against the Red Sox after a draw,” said Walker.

Zachary Kreider of Elizabethtown directed people to their seating sections and assisted with hospitality and other fan and staff needs.

2022 marked the 75th anniversary of the Little League World Series as well as the unveiling of three new statues in the Market Square in Williamsport. Former President George W. Bush was present at the LLC to celebrate the event.

“One thing I thought was cool about the event was seeing President Bush and being able to say ‘hello’ to him,” Kreider said.

In addition to Walker and Kreider, Lock Haven students who participated in MLB LLC were Devon Bartleson of Shickshinny; Hailey Farr, of Tunkhannock; Taran Patterson of York; and Joshua Torrens of Pottstown.

“Opportunities like this are important for our students. They provide a hands-on approach to working at Major League events and provide valuable networking connections, which can eventually lead to career opportunities,” said Bashar W. Hanna, president of Commonwealth University.

For more information about the Sports Management program at Lock Haven, visit or contact Peter Campbell, Head of the Sports Studies Department, at [email protected]

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