Forward of sport one on Thursday, Little League World Collection T-shirts and hats are on sale lower than a mile from the fields the place the Loudoun South Little League group practiced and performed this season.
The Loudoun South baseball group is taking part in within the first sport of the Little League World Collection on Thursday, and whereas that will sound too good to be true, there’s sartorial proof.
Genuine Little League World Collection T-shirts and hats are on sale at a Dick’s Sporting Items outlet in Dulles Touchdown, lower than a mile from the fields the place the Loudoun South Little League group practiced and performed this season. Now, they’re headed 200 miles north up Va. Route 15, to the championship in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Gold shirts studying “Loudoun South 2019 Southeast Area Champions,” with the Little League World Collection emblem grasp on racks on the entrance of the shop. Close by, grey caps, with “SE 2019 Area Champion” lettering are neatly organized on a desk.
“We purchased a pair T-shirts,” Willis Whalen mentioned as he left the shop along with his son, Bryce. “We all know what mother and father and the children undergo, and the bills, so we simply wished to indicate assist in any approach we are able to — we’re really going to take a highway journey to assist them.”
A Loudoun South Little League official says a portion of the gross sales of World Collection gear will come again to the native league.
The group is scheduled to play its first sport Thursday afternoon at three p.m. towards the New England Area champion from Barrington, Rhode Island. Whalen and his son acknowledge that may be a once-in-a-lifetime expertise.
“In youth sports activities, you’re keen on cheering your children on, however the alternative now, with these children attending to see themselves on TV, it’s thrilling for the mother and father, it’s thrilling for the neighborhood and it’s thrilling for the group,” mentioned Willis Whalen.
Teenager Bryce, who was a league all-star final 12 months, can think about the strain and thrill for the gamers taking part in on ESPN.
“I feel it could be thrilling for the primary couple of minutes, however then you need to deal with the sport, and fear about being on TV later,” he mentioned.
WTOP’s Neal Augenstein reported from Sterling, Virginia.
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