The Lubbock Western All-Stars are less than 24 hours from taking the field to play Maryland at the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania.
Some of Lubbock's baseball greats have been weighing in on the team's future in the World Series tournament. Yesterday we heard from former pro ballplayer and Lubbock resident Matt Miller.
Tuesday NewsChannel 11 caught up with Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Honor Inductee, Gary Ashby.
Ashby played for Coach Bobby Moegle's first state championship team at Monterey High School in 1972. Then he wore red and black when he played first base for Texas Tech. After that he played five years with the Padres and finished up with AAA in Honolulu.
With so much experience, it might surprise you what advice Ashby has for the Western All Stars.
"They don't need any advice from me. They've got it going pretty good. I'm just so proud of these guys. We've watched every game," says Ashby.
Watching the boys, Ashby can't help but remember his days on the baseball field. The Pony League Team Ashby played on at the age of 14 was one game away from going to the Pony League World Series.
"We had a ball on that run to regional finals. We got to go to Abilene and stay at Dyess Air Force Base but just all the staying in the dorms all the fun you had just being a kid," says Ashby.
Balancing fun off the field and business on the field is why Ashby believes the Western All-Stars could come home as world champions
"I really think they'll win it all, but they should run into some competition out of the international teams and I'm not sure which one," says Ashby.
Either way Ashby says the team's early success and dedication to baseball will pay off later, much like it has for him, in the game of life.
"I wouldn't be right here without baseball. I don't know where I'd be but I wouldn't be right here without baseball," says Ashby.
Tuesday another Lubbock baseball great shares his prediction for the Western All-Stars.
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