Western Little League All-Stars Prepare for World Series Game - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/13/07

Western Little League All-Stars Prepare for World Series Game

The Western Little League All Stars are packing their bags for the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania.

Just days after winning the Southwest Regional Tournament in Waco, the boys have been spotted all over town. 

While practice was the priority Monday, the boys tell NewsChannel 11 they are overwhelmed by the support they've received from the community.

Sunday night, a pep rally hosted by Re-Max of Lubbock raised more than $24,000 for the team's families to travel to Pennsylvania. Now they lack just $15,000 to cover the entire trip.

While the boys say they've enjoyed the attention, it's time to get their game face on.

"We haven't gotten a lot of sleep lately," Western Little League All-Star Tyler Thorne said.

It's been a whirlwind for members of the Western Little League All-Stars, since winning the Southwest Regional Tournament in Waco Friday.

From hanging out with Texas Tech Head Football Coach Mike Leach to signing hundreds of baseballs, the boys say they have definitely enjoyed their new celebrity status.

But now it's time to focus on the ultimate prize.

"Even though we're All-stars, there's always room for improvement," Western Little League All-Star Zane Anzel said.

With an 18-0 record, the boys know practice makes perfect.

"We don't have a weakness as a team, but everyone has stuff that we need to work on," Western Little League All-Star Gregory Hewett said.

"All the press they've been getting is good, but their mission is baseball and so they're getting some last minute pitching instruction by Coach Walden and hitting," Coach Gerald Arredondo said.

While the boys acknowledge practice is the best way to improve, some believe certain superstitions could also be a factor in their winning streak.

"My coach gives me a rub down before the game," Western Little League All-Star Garrett Williams said.

"I wear the same wristband every game," Hewett said.

"I put my bag on the corner of the dugout, and every time I've done that we've won every single game," Thorne said.

Superstitions or not, their coaches know talent and determination is what has gotten them this far.

"These are 11 boys that there history has been changed forever and they don't realize it," Arredondo said.

The boys will hit the road about midnight Tuesday and drive to Waco. They will fly to Pennsylvania early Tuesday morning.

The Lubbock Western All-Stars play their first Little League World Series game at 5:00 p.m. Saturday. They'll be playing Coon Rapids Little League of Minnesota, and you can watch that game on ESPN.

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Lubbock Western All-Stars are headed to the Southwest Region Semifinals in Waco.  Address your email to News@kcbd.com to send them your thoughts, encouragement, and best wishes on their journey.

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