Lubbock's Western Little League All-Stars are now the only undefeated US team in the Little League World Series. The team is guaranteed a spot in the US Semi-Finals, after beating Arizona 5-1 on Sunday, but Monday's rain forced all games to be pushed back a day.
NewsChannel 11's Pete Christy has been following the team and joins us now with a look at the new tournament schedule. Lubbock Western has played 20 games and has 20 wins. No one has been able to stop them until Monday when Mother Nature halted all action in Williamsport, PA.
Lubbock Western wasn't scheduled to play Monday, but since all of Monday's action was washed away, those games will be played Tuesday. So our team gets an extra day of rest and won't play again until Wednesday.
Of course, rain is in the forecast for Tuesday, so things could be reworked again but as of now, Lubbock Western closes out pool play Wednesday at 2 p.m. central against 0-2 Salisbury, Maryland. Expect to see a platoon of pitchers used by Western in that game.
Win or lose, Lubbock Western is the top team in their pool and they already have a spot in the US Semifinals which will be Thursday at 4pm. Should they get there, the US Championship game is slated for Saturday and the World Championship is on Sunday.
The Lubbock Western All-Stars are the only remaining undefeated 11 and 12-year-old team in the whole United States. Now 20-0, they get a couple of days rest before playing Maryland. But Monday they had a chance to brush elbows with a Major League great.
The Lubbock Western All-Stars got to spend time with Philadelphia Phillie Ryan Howard, who was the National League Rookie of the Year last season.
Howard was supposed to throw the first pitch out for the Japan vs. Canada game but it was rained out Tuesday. Western players say by meeting Howard, not even the weather can rain on their parade.
Once again, at this point in time Lubbock Western is scheduled to take on Salisbury, Maryland on Wednesday at 2 p.m., providing there are no more rain delays.
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