Sparta little leaguers play ball
Teams tie, but game interrupted by unlikely visitor
A Sparta Ranger practices pitching.
A black bear casually walks along at Station Park in Sparta Township, N.J. during a little league baseball game. The bruin did not bother anyone but caused quite a stir.
The Sparta Rangers field the ball as a Sparta Marlin runs to second base.
The Sparta Ranger's Henry Lee swings.
Sparta Ranger's pitcher Aidan Mahoney on the mound.
A Sparta Ranger adjusts his helmet.
A Sparta Ranger arrives at home plate.
A trio of Sparta Rangers celebrate after the game.
BY GEORGE LEROY HUNTER
SPARTA — The Sparta Marlins took on the Sparta Rangers in a weekend little league baseball game on Saturday, June 7.
The four inning game ended in a tie at 11 - 11.
The game took place at Station Park in Sparta.
The game was quite exciting and got even more exciting as a surprise guest showed up.
During the late innings someone yelled is that Yogi Bear?
Everyone's attention was quickly directed to a far end of the park. It was quickly realized that what they were looking at was not Yogi Bear, the famous cartoon bear from Jellystone Park, but a big black bear from somewhere in Sussex County walking along the park grounds.
The bear took his time walking then hurdled a fence before crossing a nearby road and disappearing into the woods.
The bear did not bother anyone but caused quite a stir.
After a few tense moments to account for all the players and fans the game was resumed.
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