Cumberland American manager gets surprise visit at LLWS
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. —
Cumberland American manager Dave Belisle has been a positive and motivational force for his team, fighting to stay alive at the Little League World Series.
But it hasn't been an easy journey for him.
His wife, Nancy, has been battling cancer. And she was not able to make it to Williamsport until Sunday night.
"Well it was (Sunday). A good friend of mine, Scott Schmitt, who has been involved with the Little League his whole life, he used to be the president of our league and we became very close friends. He got my wife here in a surprise visit and we got to see her (Sunday)," Dave Belisle said.
And league officials and friends surprised the coach and his son, John, in grand fashion.
"They set it up with Little League where I was supposed to do an interview with my son, a father-son interview. We were walking toward the venue where we supposed to go and we turned the corner and there was my wife. It was the only time I cried since I've been here," Dave Belisle said.
And Nancy has already become a motivational factor for the players entering Monday night's game against Illinois.
"She spoke to every member of our team and she told them how proud she was watching them the other night in the comeback and the fight that they game. There is no more motivation needed, she's there and she's been my inspiration," Dave Belisle said.