The Lubbock Western All-Stars beat Oregon Thursday afternoon to advance to the US Championship. The semifinal matchup started off slowly for Western, but in the end the boys pulled it out with a score of 8-2.
A lot of fans were at work during Thursday afternoon's Western All-Stars game, but some businesses held watch-parties for their employees, and other folks found different ways to see the win.
Several folks took a late lunch to watch the Western Little League All-Stars. By 2 p.m., the parking lot at Buffalo Wild Wings in Lubbock was completely packed.
"It's really cool, I mean we get to know people on TV," Shea Nixon said.
We found Nixon and Austin Heinrich watching the game and cheering on the team even though they used to be rivals. Nixon played for Southwest Lubbock Little League's Yankees, while Heinrich played for the Angels.
"It might be a low scoring game, because Lake Oswego is a good team and so is Western, and they're both really good hitting teams," Nixon said.
Western's success is pushing these guys to go all the way next season.
"We're going to try," Heinrich said. "We're going to try," Nixon agreed.
Parties went on all over town, not just in homes and at restaurants, but also at local businesses, like ABC Bank, where employees set up chairs in front of a flat screen TV.
"I'm very excited; these kids are special. They're from Lubbock, Texas, and they're just special kids, gifted kids, and we just support them all the way," Anjie Castillega from ABC Bank said.
The power was in the big screen at South Plains Electric Co-op.
"Two of the kids on the team, their dads are actually here at the office with us, so we know them, so that's been the most exciting part by far for us, is just being able to have that connection with the team," Jantzen Louder from SPEC said.
The All-Stars are now one game away from the US Championship title of the Little League World Series. They face Georgia on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
|Send Your Best Wishes to the Lubbock Western All-Stars|