Brookline Little League Association
Brookline vs. Australia/Dubai
August 20, 2017

Brookline vs Australia - August 20, 2017
The Brookline and Australian 12-Under teams gather near the pavilion for a photo after their game.

On Saturday, August 20, 2017, the Brookline 12-Under and 10-Under All-Star teams were treated to an afternoon of exhibition games against international teams from Australia and Dubai at Sam Bryen Fields. The games were arranged by BLLA President Brian Vogel.

The chance encounter began when Vogel received an email from Steve Fisch, an international scout with the Boston Red Sox. Fisch brings two teams from outside the country each year to Williamsport to watch the World Series. This year the teams were from Australia and Dubai. He sends emails to local leagues to see who is interested in playing exhibition games with his visitors. This year the two leagues to respond promptly to his requests were Brookline and Squirrel Hill.

Brookline vs Australia - August 20, 2017
The Brookline and Dubai 10-Under teams gather in the backstop for a photo after their game.

After their time in Williamsport was over, Steve Fisch and his kids flew into Pittsburgh for a couple days of fun and excitement, including a Pirates game and some baseball games versus local competition. Saturday the 20th was the day they visited Brookline.

In the 12-Under game, the boys from Australia beat the Brookline stars in a hotly-contested one-run game. In the 10-Under game, the boys from Dubai cruised to an eight-run victory. Afterwards each was given a shirt and a commemorative medallion.

Brookline vs Australia - August 20, 2017

The games featured ballplayers from six different countries: United States, Australia, Ireland, Venezuela, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. The Dubai team was made up of kids whose parents work in the oil industry.

This bright sunny day was about more than just baseball. The parents from Brookline each brought a dish to eat. A dunk tank and bounce house added to the picnic-style atmosphere. It was a stunning display of international diplomacy, Brookline-style, and everyone had a great time.

In a gesture of thanks to their new friends from Brookline, the visitors gave each Brookline player a koala bear and President Brian Vogel was given his own personal boomerang!

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