Rayne’s Elliott Venable to play at Little League World Series

By: Paul Kedinger
Armed with Rayne frog souvenirs provided by Mayor Jim Petitjean, Rayne’s Elliott Venable has been given what must be a dream for any young baseball player.

He, his parents, Mike and Marlene, and brother, David, will board an airplane for Williamsport, Penn., the site of the Little League World Series.

Elliott and 17 of his teammates from the Lafayette Little League Challenger division team will play in an exhibition game against a Challenger team from Indianapolis, Ind. on Saturday, Aug. 27. The two teams are scheduled to take the field at 10:45 a.m.

The Acadiana squad, based in Lafayette, and the Challenger team from Indiana are the only challenger teams invited to this year’s World Series.

Venable plans to trade the Rayne frog souvenirs with other teams attending the World Series.

Elliott, 18, has played baseball on the team with other disabled players, for the past four years. He proudly notes he pitches and also takes the field as a shortstop.

The team, composed by 30 players, play every Saturday on the Little League field in Lafayette.

Eliott’s mother, Marlene, credits Val Domingue as instrumental in securing a coveted invitation to the World Series for the Challenger squad coached by Byran Molaison.

In addition to playing baseball, Elliott, a junior, is a wide received on the St. Thomas More High School’s Cougars.

Just like a pro baseball player, Elliott and his teammates are pictured on their own website, www.lafayettechallenger.com.

Game televised

Since 2001, an exhibition game has been played by teams that are a part of Little League’s Challenger Division. This year, for the first time, that game will become a part of the television coverage of the World Series.

The 2011 Little League Baseball World Series Challenger Exhibition Game, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. (U.S. Eastern Time) on Aug. 27, will air live on Northeastern Pennsylvania’s and the Central Susquehanna Valley’s PBS Station, WVIA TV(Comcast Cable Channel 7). In addition, the game will be carried live on the internet worldwide at www.ESPN3.com.

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