Parades, opening ceremonies and larger-than-life little crowds can be overwhelming to anyone in the position of the Lufkin All-Stars at the Little League World Series. But they have allies.
Right there with them every step of the way are Mike Lundy and Ron Frick. They are Little League hosts. But for the players they become family.
"I've done it for 15 years now, Mike has done it for nine, but there are some guys that have been doing it for 30 years," Frick said.
The two were picked for the region in June and have been in contact with the team ever since they won the Waco Regional.
These men are just two of the countless volunteers that give back to Little League and for two weeks they give up their life to serve others.
"The memories I make here are priceless," Lundy said. "I have nephews all around the world from Canada, to Germany to all over the states, Mexico."
The players are enjoying the adults bonding with them.
"They do everything for us and play around with us," Hunter Ditsworth said.
"They help us get where we need to be and help us do what we need to do," Christian Mumpherey said.
"When they do wind sprints I'm doing them too," Frick said. "It is a team effort and we just like being part of the team."
These two don't want to make other teams jealous but they say this group might be the most respectable team they have been with.
"Coaches do a nice job with them and they are young gentlemen," Lundy said.
Manager Bud Maddux does not argue with the statement.
"It means a lot because that is what you want out of young people and they have been that way all along," Maddux said.
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