LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A field that looked more like a mud pit at Morris Frank Park did not have it's normal visitors Monday. That did not mean that the Lufkin Little League Majors All-Stars were not hard at work.
A couple of miles away, the 13 players looking to make history were hard at work using indoor facilities to prepare for their biggest challenge this summer. In less than two weeks the team will travel to the Southwest Regional Tournament in Waco. If the team can clinch the tournament they will move on to The Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.
"There might be a 60% chance of rain but their is a 100% chance their is practice," Catcher Chandler Spencer said. "We have to keep going."
The team was able to get in a full two hour practice with stretching drills, batting practice and pitching. Moving indoors is not the best plan but with just 10 days until they take the field again, it is the only option.
"We go 6 days a week, twice a day," Spencer said. "There is not much rest. Everybody is trying their hardest. Nobody is resting."
"We are going to practice," pitcher Hunter Ditsworth said. "If it was raining and we didn't have cages we would probably be practicing in the rain."
They may wear "Lufkin" on their jerseys but the boys from all over the county like to go by simply The Thundering 13 for the 13 players that have become family.
"We're good and we keep on practicing and getting better and better everyday," outfielder Kolby Kovar said.
In their nine games as a team, the group known simply as "The Thundering 13" has hit 34 homeruns. They have cruised through their tournaments and outscored their three opponents 31-8 in the state tournament last week in Houston. While the teams offense has been compared to a home run derby, the group of 12 year olds are trying to keep their heads down and focus on the ultimate goal, Williamsport.
"It was exciting, but now we have hit so many that when we hit it we are like good job; you did good," Ditsworth said. "Then it is back to work."
The Lufkin Little League Majors All-Stars will face the Colorado All-Stars at 10 a.m. on Aug.3 in Waco in the first game of the Southwest Regional Tournament. The game will be televised nationally on the Longhorn Network.