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Maine umpire breaks Little League barrier

Postby MBRRadio » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:40 pm

Maine umpire breaks Little League barrier

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The sound of the ball and the bat, camaraderie and friendly competition.

There's something wonderful about playing Little League.

At a girls All Star game between South Portland and Westbrook, at Pine Street Field in South Porltand, it was special for another reason: Jaimie Erskine.

"I've been around baseball my whole life," Erskine said.

Four years ago, Jaimie was diagnosed with Polyarteritis Nodosa, a rare disease that restricts oxygen and blood flow to major organs.

"At first, I thought it was a life sentence."

Erskine, a long time umpire who was selected to work an Eastern Region Tournament in Bristol, Connecticut and a Little League World Series in Portland, Oregon, hasn't been on a baseball field since his diagnosis.

That is, until this past spring.

"One day, I got this letter in the mail, and I'm like, 'What the heck is this?'" ... 53fca87f37
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