Players return to grove, water still leaking

Little League Baseball World Series players returned to spend Saturday night at the International Grove as Little League continued to address the water service line break somewhere near the top of the complex near Route 15.

The break was not fixed as of Saturday evening, but Little League said it had undisclosed backup plans in place to keep the Series running as normal. Also, Little League reported no new problems Saturday.

The city’s Municipal Water Authority is working to help Little League officials find the source of the leak that caused the complex to be evacuated Friday night, but so far have not been able to do so.

Authority director of engineering Chuck Hauser clarified that is is a service line break and not a water main break.

Hauser said the authority is using its leak detection equipment to assist, but is having difficulty as the equipment is designed to detect main breaks on iron water mains or copper service lines while Little League’s pipes predominately are plastic.

“The system we have doesn’t work well on plastic lines,” he said.

Adding further difficulty to the mix, the water authority doesn’t control the piping and does not have maps of the system, preventing it from knowing exactly where to search.

They have tried to do testing in areas that have signs of water pooling and have tested storm drain water, but so far have not found any leads to the where the leak is or what caused it.

He did not have an estimate as to when the problem may be resolved.

“It’s on their side of the service,” he said.

However, the authority is happy to continue aiding Little League in the search.

“We’ll continue to work with them in whatever way we can until this is resolved,” Hauser said.

Players were evacuated from the housing complex at International Grove Friday evening after the break was discovered. A loss of water pressure would have prevented all sinks, showers and other plumbing fixtures from working properly at the grove, the dormitory that houses players and coaches of all 16 teams and kitchen facilities.

Players spent Friday night either with parents in their nearby hotels or with each other in other hotels and places if parents weren’t here or couldn’t be reached.

“I slept awesome,” said Northwest Region champ Lynnwood, Washington, player Robley Corsi III. “I got a suite next to a hotel, a nice big couch.”

Lynnwood manager Robley Corsi Jr. said he was at the Genetti Hotel with his family.

“We ended up in the Michael Keaton suite. I had my own suite, my own bathroom,” Corsi Jr. said. “Maybe I can stay there tonight?”

Caribbean Region champ Humacao, Puerto Rico, and Perth, Australia, players spent the night in the Selinsgrove area. Australian manager Brian Armstrong said it didn’t affect his team, noting a 10-1 victory over Europe-Africa champ Brno, Czech Republic, early Saturday afternoon.

Czech Republic manager Marian Krasny said his team went to bed around 11:30 Friday night, about two hours later than normal, and woke up a little extra early to reach Lamade Stadium in time to play. But he thought it was nice for all players to spend some extra time with their families.

That is, if they had the energy.

“We were so tired last night after the last game, but I could hardly sleep at all,” said Latin America champ Maracaibo, Veneuzuela’s Cesar Leonardo Vivas, whose team relocated Friday night after losing to Japan.

– Sun-Gazette reporter Tory Irwin also contributed to this report.