'Thundering 13' wanting sea of purple for game against McAlister Park LL

'Thundering 13' wanting sea of purple for game against McAlister Park LL
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

WACO, TX (KTRE) - When the Lufkin Little League All-Stars won their game against Colorado on Thursday, they did it in front ,of a large crowd.

Many called it more of a home game with Lufkin only driving 2 1/2 hours to the game. The stands filled with purple and yellow cheering on their favorite players. Nathan Ditsworth even dyed his hair and goatee purple.

"I did it for team spirit," Ditsworth said "The kids have worked their rear ends off every day for weeks. We need to be here for them."

Fans of all ages packed the stands to see pitcher Hunter Ditsworth fan 14 batters at the plate and hit a massive 2 run homer on the offensive side. At the time it was the biggest game in the short history of Lufkin Little League and the fans knew it.

"The first part I was very nervous. I was rubbing my face when I got out," Chase Kovar said while he held a giant cut out of his brother Kolby in his all-star hat."Once Chandler got the home run and then Dits got one I felt a lot better."

While the boys have to perform, it is nice having a cheering section.

"We are loving all the support we are getting from everyone," Shata Sparks said, "It makes you feel good that we are 2 1/2 hours away and have such a large crowd."
"It was good times," Assistant  Lufkin Parks Director Matthew Hubert said. "I was happy for the kids. Happy for the community. It was like a home game for us."

Not all the fans were family. Kim Flores is a Lufkin Middle School teacher and she came out to su[pport her students, even if their future includes missing the beginning of the new school year.

"They are probably on their way to Williamsport and they are going to miss a little class time so I am here to support them now," Flores said.

With a tough game in the wings against McAllister Park Little League, the fans know more hometown support is needed.

"We are the closest to Waco and I think we should get a good group of fans coming in," Shane Kovar said.

The next game for Lufkin is Saturday at 5 pm against Texas West.

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