The Little League baseball team from Barrington, Rhode Island, is headed to the Little League World Series. Unfortunately, it looks like there’s some drama regarding how the team got there.
According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, Pat Dutton, who manages the team from Goffstown, New Hampshire, is accusing Barrington of stealing signs. Goffstown lost to Barrington 6-4 on Saturday.
Dutton went as far as to call the alleged acts “disgusting.” Here’s more:
“You can see (runners on second base) leaning in, looking in and they’re doing hand gestures to their kid (at the plate) indicating what kind of pitch it is and where it’s located,” Dutton said. “You can do that in big league ball, but in Little League it’s unsportsmanlike, it’s dishonorable, and it’s disgusting. They did it the whole tournament and got away with it, and now that’s what’s representing New England in the Little League World Series. It’s just a bad look.”
Dutton says that it also happened when the two sides played back on August 8.
Goffstown Little League's manager says the team that beat his in the New England Regional Final was stealing signs. "You can do that in big league ball, but in Little League it’s unsportsmanlike, it’s dishonorable, and it’s disgusting," says Pat Dutton.https://t.co/1EbV4XDGzA pic.twitter.com/lEXLPueihb
— UnionLeader.com (@UnionLeader) August 13, 2019
Barrington assistant Frank Fede told the Providence Journal that the sign stealing “never happened.”
Regardless, it’s Barrington that will be headed to Williamsport to compete for the Little League World Series title.