WILLIAMSPORT, PA (KTRE) - Ahead of Saturday's US Championship game against Greenville, NC, the Lufkin Little League board president says the all-star team's success could mean better participation for the league.
Casey Bowers arrived in Williamsport on Friday to see his all-star team compete for a national and possibly a world championship at the Little League World Series.
"It's an accomplishment to get here," Bowers said. "Once you get there, you want to get there and win it. You don't want to be satisfied to get here. If they went 0-3, we couldn't be more proud. They've got great ball players on this club and they've shown it. It's very impressive."
Bowers is hopeful the World Series run will mean more boys will want to play Little League ball, starting with those who live outside Lufkin.
"Just from a league standpoint, some of the kids from the outlying areas might would like to play Lufkin Little League," Bowers said. "I've been to the Dixie League World Series and I have to tell you that the Dixie World Series doesn't compare to this. Why wouldn't you want to play Lufkin Little League to make one of these all-star teams?"
Bowers said those who play other sports, like football or basketball, may want to give baseball a try.
"Some of your kids too who haven't played in a few years may have followed this team and that may get more kids involved in the program," he said.
Bowers is also hopeful to draw players from those who participate in travel ball.
"You know, I've always had to battle the travel ball battle," he said. "In the past, we've had some who didn't play all-stars or even Little League at all. Some of the parents may want to re-think that after seeing this."