Little League World Series: More Than Just Baseball - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/17/07

Little League World Series: More Than Just Baseball

The Little League World Series is officially underway in Pennsylvania. Game three started at 6:00 Friday night and the Western Little League All Stars from Lubbock are now about 23 hours away from the first pitch of their first game of the World Series.

The Little League World Series is about more than just baseball.

NewsChannel 11 is told the team's been practicing, trading pins and working on their communication skills. We spoke with third Baseman Bo Ricks and his father Bob this Friday afternoon while they were watching Japan play the Caribbean.

"The stadium is so large and so big. I bet there are probably about 30,000 people out here right now watching the game. You can buy hot dogs, peanuts, you got ESPN, and it is on TV. It's just one big entertainment experience," Bob Ricks said.

Little League World Series Games are played in two stadiums at the Little League International Complex in Williamsport. One stadium can accommodate 5,000 fans while the other has room for up to 35,000, but there's more than just baseball to the Little League World Series.

Thursday, the Little League World Series Grand Slam Parade marched through downtown Williamsport. The Ricks tell NewsChannel 11 the stadium has several vendors and everyone is trading team pins.

"They're from different countries and they say all the names with different districts. I have Saudi Arabia pin and Japan," Bo Ricks said.

Bo also tells us there is a game room in the dorms, and they are staying next to the Latin America team. Bo says they cannot wait to get on the field and play. He says they are feeling strong and ready to win tomorrow against Minnesota.

Game time is 5:00 Saturday night. You can watch the game on ESPN and we called around and found several sports bars in Lubbock will be showing the games all weekend.

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Lubbock Western All-Stars are headed to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  Address your email to News@kcbd.com to send them your thoughts, encouragement, and best wishes on their journey.

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