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Freshman Outfielder Stephen Smith, headed to Omaha

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

One Lubbock family wouldn't miss Texas Tech's first game of the series for the world.

The Smiths have lived in Lubbock for 12 years and will now be headed to their second world series to cheer on their only son, Stephen Smith.

The Frenship graduate has made a name for himself a freshman outfielder for the Red Raiders.

His road to Omaha has been paved with a great deal of determination and a whole lot of fan support.

And Stephen's mom, Rose has been there since day one.

"Looking back on it all now, lots of blood, sweat and tears," Rose said. "Lots of joys, some heartache in there, too. Some days we would like to forget but it's been a treasure looking back."

What started as catch in the backyard soon became a passion, and by 12 years old his audience had grown from his mom and dad to millions of viewers.

Stephen wasn't yet a teenager when his Little League baseball team made it to the Little League World Series.

"Growing up and being a part of the Little League World Series was an unreal feeling," Stephen says.

Stephen's dad, Dan, has watched his son grow up and credits a lot of his development to his love and passion for the game.

"This is not really a life or death situation, baseball. It's just fun. Later on in life, you know he is going to be faced with decisions that are tough, and he's going to have to build on this," Dan said.

Dan will spend Father's Day cheering for his son from the stands at Tech's first game of the series against TCU.

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