Local umpire calling televised Little League game

By Paul Danzer, Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter



Nick Haluschak of Vancouver will be the home-plate umpire for Saturday’s Little League West Region championship game in San Bernardino, Calif.

The game starts at 6 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN (Comcast cable channel 35). It features teams from Huntington Beach, Calif., and from Red Bluff, Calif., with the winner advancing to the Little League World Series.

Haluschak was selected to call balls and strikes by the tournament’s umpire staff.

Haluschak is one of several Little League umpires from Clark County who were selected to umpire at various Little League tournaments this summer.

Dave Palenshus and Darrin Leggett traveled to Kutno, Poland, to umpire in the Europe, Mediteranean, Africa Region Tournament for Junior League Baseball (14 and younger). Leggett also umpired at the West Region Tournament for Senior Softball (16 and younger) in Missoula, Mont.

Linda Newton umpired at a Little League Softball regional in Ramstein, Germany, and is currently an umpire for the Little League Softball World Series at Alpenrose Dairy in Portland.

Don Fitzgerald umpired at the USA West Region Tournament for Big League Softball (18 and younger) in Palmdale, Calif.

Umpires selected for Little League tournaments are volunteers.

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