Every game, a different Lufkin All-Star steps up to get the job done for the team. In their US semifinal against Connecticut, everyone stepped up. But second baseman Malcom Deason was the one grabbing the headlines.
"I had asked Coach Bud if I could have a little extra TV time to see if I made a top play and I made number 6 and everybody just screamed and yelled and we were happy," Deason said.
Deason's grab in the second inning fulfilled a dream of the 12-year-old.
"It means everything to me," he said. "I know a lot of people wanted to be here and didn’t get that chance."
Deason has played a pivotal role for the team all summer long. At practice and in games he is a field general- keeping everyone on task and relaxed.
Right there with him is his dad, Malcolm senior.
"The thing I appreciate the most is the fans and people talking about his mannerisms and his respect," the father said.
"My family means everything to me, so having my dad there this summer and helping me hit really means a lot," Malcolm Jr. said.
Now one win away from securing a U.S. Championship at the Little League World Series, Deason said he is just working on getting himself and his teammates prepared.
"We have already won a lot and I think if we wins this game it will boost our confidence," Deason said.
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