The first pitch of the Lubbock Western All Stars first Little League World Series game in Pennsylvania is less than a day away. And back here in Lubbock, excitement is growing.
From t-shirts to watch parties, many NewsChannel 11 spoke with are shaping their weekend plans so they can watch the Western All-Stars play on ESPN in the Little League World Series.
It's hard not to get excited.
"(I'll be) Watching the game I believe Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Our schedule is altered around the game," said Dan Dorotik.
Dorotik was shopping for a Western All-Stars championship t-shirt at Cardinal's Sports Goods Shop, since the Western All-Stars are preparing to fulfill nearly every Little Leaguer's dream.
"It's like a dream come true. I'd never thought I'd be here right now," said Bo Ricks, Western's third baseman.
Friday afternoon NewsChannel 11 caught up with Ricks and his father Bob on the phone. Bo says, despite socializing and trading pins with other teams, they are staying focused.
"We've practiced three times a day and the day before we practiced a couple of times. We've been working hard," said Bo.
And it's that hard work that has earned the team respect and support from Hub City fans.
"All the parents are here with the generous donations of the Lubbock community. Lubbock has really been behind us and we live in an awesome town," said Bob Ricks, Bo's father.
It's a town that now seems to be just as excited as the players and their parents.
"It's something that could happen next year for Lubbock or it could be another 10-20 years. When you have something like this, it is once in a lifetime. You take advantage of it, you live in the moment and support them," said Dorotik.
Those t-shirts are on sale at Cardinal's Sports and all proceeds will go to the Western Little League team. The team has already raised enough money so that all of the player's parents were able to attend the World Series. Any additional money will go toward other expenses the team may incur.
Game time is at 5p.m. Saturday night against Coon Rapids, Minnesota. We called around and found several sports bars in town will be showing the games all weekend or you can watch it on ESPN.
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