The Lufkin All-Stars got more fans at the inaugural MLB Little League Classic that was part of the weekly Sunday night Baseball program on ESPN. The players and their families were treated to the first-ever MLB game in Williamsport.
And the Thundering 13 met one of their biggest fans, Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk. Grichuck played in the Little League World Series in 2003 and 2004 out of Rosenburg. He has been following the Lufkin kids since his cousin, April Sebesta, was the principal for several of the players at Brookhollow Elementary.
"I know the emotions it comes with and the summer full of baseball," Grichuk said. "I know it is an exciting time so I’ve had fun watching their games. They are so close to my hometown that I kind of feel connected to them."
All the teams were introduced on the field before the game. Malcolm Deason participated in the first pitch, which was a relay involving members of all 16 teams from the outfield to the catcher.
Lance Modisette won an XBox in front of the whole crowd after answering a trivia question. After answering the question, he was given a hat and given the chance to keep it or trade it in for something else. Modisette chose the latter and won the gaming system.
The game was played at Historic Bowman Field, which has a capacity of about 2,500. Players and two of their family members were invited. The rest of the seats were given to members of the county who won a lottery.