Massapequa fans told News 12 that it was painful to see their team lose as Hawaii won 12–0. A loss would mean he is out of the Little League World Series.
But they’re sure their spirits aren’t let down and they’re spreading what they call “Pequa Positivity” so they can celebrate a big victory on Sunday.
“All they have to do is play ball, right? I saw a lot of those kids last night,” enthused resident Kevin Hopkins said of the players’ talent for winning. “Once the ball hits the bat, it all comes together.”
Winning is great, but Coast fans said getting this far might be the most special part for the community.
George Goldstein said, “Everything is going well. The community is doing well and talking about our kids everywhere we go.”
The Long Islanders went out of their way to creatively show their support, with Tony Cusicanqui creating a sand sculpture on Tobay Beach in honor of the team.
“This town is exciting. You can feel the community, the loyalty, the togetherness, the power,” said Daniela Bascaglia of Carmela, Massapequa. Buscaglia created a “Good Luck” pizza pie at the restaurant as a tribute to the player.
“Hopefully that will push them to the top. added.
Residents and Long Islanders who want to cheer on the home team are invited to John Burns Park, where they play and where Sunday’s 2pm game will be screened.
It’s also advisable to arrive early, as the crowds keep growing with each team advancement.