Pizza vs. macadamia nuts: Pols places bet ahead of Massapequa, Honolulu Little League World Series game

MASSAPECUA, Long Island (WABC) — Excitement is building on Long Island as Massapequa Coast prepares for Game 1 of the team’s quest to win the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Nassau County manager Bruce Blakeman is confident these stars of tomorrow will go far in the tournament.

In fact, he’s betting on it, starting with the team’s Friday night game against Honolulu.

“Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi and I have a bet now,” Blakeman said. “I’m betting on Pappalardo’s Pizza against its macadamia nuts that our team, Massapequa Coast, will win.”

Massapequa Coast is the first Long Island team to get this far in decades, beating Toms River East 4-0 behind a no-hitter Joey Lionetti to advance to the legendary tournament.

You can watch them Friday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN, owned by the same parent company as WABC.

Sportscaster Sam Ryan will be in Williamsport covering the team.

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