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'The Thundering 13': All you want to know about the Lufkin Little League All-Stars

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Six 12-year-olds. Seven 13-year-olds. They've stolen not only the hearts of all in Lufkin, not only Angelina County, but East Texas. They're the Lufkin Little League All-Stars.

Eight of the players go to school in Lufkin. Four are from Hudson and another is from Diboll.

The all-stars are comprised of the best players from a round of league play, which included seven teams. Once league play was over, an all-star team was selected, as it was in hundreds of other regions around the world. Those all-star teams have been playing different qualifying tournaments to get to the Little League World Series. Lufkin won four different tournaments to get to where they are now. Not only did they win every tournament, they did so without losing a single game. They took a 30-0 win in one game.

The team left for Williamsport, Pa., on Saturday and will play their first game on Thursday at 6 p.m. If they win, they'll play at 10 a.m. Sunday. If they lose for the first time this year, they'll play Saturday at 2 p.m.

Lufkin is guaranteed to play at least three games. If they lose the first two, they're eliminated in the tournament. However, they would play a consolation game Monday at 10 a.m.

While this is a team sport, the Lufkin All-Stars are comprised of 13 different individuals. In case you're curious about who they are, where they're from and what they like to do, below is a profile on each player. You may notice a common theme from the words of their coach, Bud Maddux.

Chip Buchanan

From the coach: "Pitcher, third baseman, first baseman. Real hard worker and good boy."

Parents: Jeff and Heather Buchanan

Age: 13

School: Lufkin

Hobbies: Fishing, sports and board games

Favorite baseball players: Brandon Belt and Jose Altuve

Southwest Regional highlight: Induced three outs on two pitches to get save in 2-1 win over Texas West in final game.

Malcolm Deason

From the coach: "Plays second base and pitches for us. Malcolm's a fine man and works real hard."

Parents: Malcolm and Sonjua Deason

Age: 12

School: Lufkin

Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, sports, having fun

Favorite baseball players: Brandon Belt and Ozzie Smith

Southwest Regional highlight: Scored winning run in Saturday win over Texas West.

Charlie Deaton

From the coach: "Catcher, outfielder. Hard worker and fine young man."

Parents: Ryan and Jennifer Deaton

Age: 12

School: Lufkin

Hobbies: Hunting and fishing

Favorite baseball player: Jose Altuve

Southwest Regional highlight: Three-run double in Saturday win over Texas West.

Hunter Ditsworth

From the coach: "Pitcher, infielder, outfielder. Does a little bit of everything. He's a fine man and hard worker."

Parents: Michael and Veronica Ditsworth

Age: 13

School: Lufkin

Hobbies: Sports, eating, sleeping

Favorite baseball player: Brandon Belt

Southwest Regional highlight: Winning pitcher in first and last games, allowing two total runs and striking out 22.

Kolby Kovar

From the coach: "Outfielder. Throws left and bats left. Works real hard and fine young man."

Parents: Shane and Stephanie Kovar

Age: 13

School: Lufkin

Hobbies: Practicing

Favorite baseball players: Brandon Belt and Mike Trout

Southwest Regional highlight: Went 1-for-1 in win over Colorado and scored a run.

Lance Modisette

From the coach: "Outfielder. Bats right, throws right. Hard worker and great young man."

Parents: Kim Noble and Brent Modisette

Age: 12

School: Lufkin

Hobbies: Gaming, baseball

Favorite baseball player: Brandon Belt

Southwest Regional highlight: Went 1-for-1 in win over Colorado.

Christian Mumphery

From the coach: "He's an outfielder. Throws left, bats left. Fine young man, hard worker."

Parents: Shata Specks and JaMarkus Mumphery

Age: 13

School: Lufkin

Hobbies: Playing sports

Favorite baseball player: Brandon Belt

Southwest Regional Highlight: Two-run single in win over Louisiana.

Zack Phipps 

From the coach: "Zach's an outfield. Bats left, throws right. Hard working man and a good boy."

Parents: Keith and Brandie Robins

Age: 12

School: Diboll

Hobbies: Sports

Favorite baseball player: Brandon Belt

Southwest Regional highlight: Went 1-for-1 and scored a run in win over Texas West.

Mark Requena

From the coach: "Mark pitches, plays third and first. Fine young man. Real hard worker."

Parents: Oscar Requena and Margie Solis

Age: 12

School: Lufkin

Hobbies: Ride bikes

Favorite baseball player: Jose Altuve

Southwest Regional highlight: Batted .300 in tournament.

Collin Ross

From the coach: "Pitcher, infielder, outfielder. Real fine young man and works hard."

Parents: Jeremy and Amy Ross

Age: 12

School: Hudson

Hobbies: Talking to girls

Favorite baseball player: Brandon Belt

Southwest Regional highlight: Pitched five shutout innings in win over Lousiana.

Blake Slaga

From the coach: "Blake is shortstop. Can pitch if we need him. He hadn't had a chance yet. Right-handed. Fine young man and hard worker."

Parents: Jeff and Kelli Slaga

Age: 13

School: Hudson

Hobbies: Baseball, fishing, sleeping, hunting

Favorite baseball player: Miguel Cabrera

Southwest Regional highlight: Started double play in final inning of tournament finale.

Chandler Spencer

From the coach: "Catches, pitches, leadoff batter. Bats right, throws right. Works hard."

Parents: Beverly Spencer and Zack Spencer

Age: 13

School: Hudson

Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, eating, sleeping

Favorite baseball player: Brandon Belt

Southwest Regional highlight: Game-tying two-run homer with two strikes in extra innings in win over Texas West.

Clayton Wigley

From the coach: "Outfielder and third baseman. Great young man and works hard."

Parents: Danny and Courtney Wigley

Age: 13

School: Hudson

Hobbies: Sports

Favorite baseball player: Brandon Belt

Southwest Regional highlight: Game-winning homer in 2-1 win over Texas West in championship.

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