Lufkin All-Stars assistant coach says Williamsport 'an exciting experience'

WILLIAMSPORT, PA (KTRE) - For the Lufkin All-Stars Little League team, practice has been limited but the experience isn't, according to an assistant coach with the team.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Ryan Deaton said the team has been outfitted with new uniforms and gear, including new gloves and bats.

"It's been great," Deaton said. "The kids have a lot of things to do. Like right now we're being interviewed by ESPN."

Deaton said the players have been able to interact with players from other countries.

"We're actually connected to a bathroom which we share with Venezuela," Deaton said. "We can't go into each others rooms but they all get to hang out in the common areas and do stuff like play ping-pong."

The days of the long two-a-days are over though, Deaton said.

"Once you get here, nobody's practicing much," he said. "There's just too much going on and there are 16 teams just sharing a few fields."

"I knew it was going to be crazy because ESPN was involved," he said. "It's been so fun. There have been some neat cool surprising things going on."

Lufkin plays the Great Lakes Regional Champions at 6 p.m. CDT on Thursday.

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