Pearland rallying around Little Leaguers

When Pearland punched its ticket to the Little League World Series, fans in Pearland nearly burst with excitement too.

"They're really good," said little league Joey Aguilar. "Like really good."

The unbeaten squad is now in Williamsport, Pennsylvania getting ready for the biggest game of their young lives.

"Pearland is a baseball community," said Joe Aguilar, the president of the Pearland Little League.

It's why the community is showing off its pride. Back in 2010, another Pearland Little League squad made the trip to Williamsport before losing in the U.S. final. Now there's a new reason to cheer.

"All the marquees everywhere, you see it, everybody's supporting them," said John Matejek.

All across town, there are signs of support all over including vet clinics, hardware stores, even the local VFW. Everyone, everywhere is talking baseball.

"They're just adorable," said Ruth Briggs. "You just have to love them."

"My wife was out with her sisters getting her nails done, and it's happening there too, because we are all excited about it and talking about it," said Aguilar.

If you want a team shirt, you're going to need a little luck.

"We have one shirt left," said Matejek.

Pearland Little championship t-shirts sold out fast at Ace Hardware. They'd had to order more to keep up with the demand. All money raised from the shirts goes to the Pearland Little League.

"It means a lot to the community," said Briggs.

Pearland fans now praying they can keep on rolling when they take the field this Friday. First pitch is Friday at 7 p.m. Houston time.

"I hope they win," said little leaguer Landon Navarro. "That's all I want."

"I think they're going to tear it up, they're going to win it all," said Briggs.

Pearland Mayor Tom Reid issued a Proclamation Wednesday declaring Friday 'Pearland Little League Day' in the city of Pearland. He's encouraging all of the city to wear Pearland Little League gear and the team color, maroon, on Friday to support the boys on their journey in the Little League World Series.


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