The Lufkin Little League All-Stars face a team in their next game who not only is undefeated this year, but is making their third appearance in the Little League World Series in seven years.
Lufkin plays the New England Regional Champions from Fairfield Conn., at 10 a.m. CDT on Sunday.
Fairfield made the World Series in 2010 and went 2-2. They returned in 2012 and went 1-2.
The team from Connecticut won their first game over the Mid-Atlantic Regional Champions, 7-6. Connecticut was up 7-2 going into the sixth inning and held off a four-run rally to take the opener.
According to The New York Post, Fairfield is also undefeated throughout the qualifying tournaments.
Lufkin Coach Bud Maddux said he has not done any scouting of the Fairfield team.
"We can't worry about them. We have to worry about ourselves," Maddux said. "As long as we do that, we'll be all right. We will approach it as we get to game time. I will probably get some people calling and telling me stuff. I’m concentrating on us. We can’t worry about them. We have to worry about us and carry out what we have worked on and what our approach is."
Less than 12 hours after Thursday's win, the East Texas sluggers were back in the cages and on the rain-soaked fields practicing hard.
And the players that are becoming household names are buying into Coach Bud’s philosophy.
"Every now and then, we will watch what other teams have, but if we just play our game, we will do what we have to do," Hunter Ditsworth said.
At this point, it is all about execution.
”We just play like we have been playing," Clayton Wigley said.
"Do what we did last game," Ditsworth said. "Hit the ball and play defense. Just no errors and clean plays."
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