SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Council Rock-Newtown manager Bill
Hartley watched his son, Ryan, get hit by a pitch at the Little
League World Series. Now he hopes his son's baseball dreams haven't
been cut short.
Ryan Hartley, the starting shortstop for Council Rock-Newtown of
Newtown, Pa., was trying to fake a bunt during the team's 7-1 loss
Friday to West Oahu of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, when the pitch hit a
knuckle on his right hand.
He was removed from the game and taken for X-rays after the
knuckle swelled to the size of a golf ball, said Bill Hartley. He
said afterward that his son's knuckle may be broken.
"It's a big blow," the elder Hartley said. "Every kid who
gets here wants to play in the World Series."
There was some confusion initially on the play when Ryan Hartley
was awarded first base by the umpire. But West Oahu manager Layton
Aliviado asked an umpire if Ryan Hartley was swinging on the play;
the umpire agreed and the pitch was called a strike instead, so
Ryan Hartley was called back to the plate.
He was unable to grip a bat and was pulled from the game for a
Aliviado, whose son, Layson, also plays for him on the West Oahu
team, said he told Bill Hartley, "It's sad that happens, but what
can you say? You just hope that nobody else gets hurt."
It was the first loss this season for Council Rock-Newtown, the
Mid-Atlantic region champs.