HARRISON, N.Y. Noah Strone began umpiring in the Harrison Little League when he was 13. And he was serious about it from the start.
"My younger brother just started playing baseball, and my father, who had rejoined the board, asked me if I wanted to umpire," said Strone, a 2002 Harrison graduate. "When I started, I wanted to give it 110 percent and do my best. I wasn't satisfied with just doing pitching machine games when I started. I enjoyed it, and I really wanted to move to the upper-level games."
Strone will be moving up to a higher level in July: He was selected as an umpire for the 2012 Little League East Regional Championship in Major's Division (11-12-year-old) Softball. The East Regional will be held in Bristol, Conn., from July 20 to 28.
"It is my first appointment on my first try," said Strone, the District 20 Little League umpire-in-chief and assistant district administrator. "As any umpire or any official in any sport will tell you, you want to get to the highest level of your sport."
Strone has umpired at every major Little League division section or championship. Along with his application, he had to submit a resume and references. Strone said he had a good feeling he would be selected, but his positive vibe was smashed for a day.
An umpire colleague told him he had received notification he would be working the senior league baseball championships. When the other umpire asked Strone whether he had received word, he said no. One day later, Strone received his letter.
"When I didn't get my letter, I was kind of bummed out," said Strone, an Iona College graduate with a degree in business. "When I got the letter I was excited to see where I was going to be placed."
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