Town rallies around Pearland All Stars ahead of the Little League World Series

PEARLAND, Texas– Thousands of parents, supporters and local residents gathered at The Rig near Pearland High School on August 11 to send the Pearland Little League Team to Williamsport, Pennsylvania to play in the Little League World Series.

After an Aug. 9 contest in which Pearland overcame an early deficit and broke away from Tulsa, Oklahoma to earn a spot in the Little League World Series, the team has seen the community rally around it.

“You’ve got something on your hands,” former MLB pitcher Clay Hensley told the team Aug. 11. “Go and get it. Don’t let anyone else take it from you. Keep working hard hard. Be the one who surpasses everyone.”

Hensley, a Pearland resident, helped the team practice during the season. The Pearland All Stars have been playing since June 17, when they began their inaugural season.

The Rig at Pearland, normally the site of Pearland and Dawson High School football games, was inundated with support for the program. The young players were honored with music by the bands and cheer teams from Pearland and Dawson High School.

The Pearland All Stars were also celebrated with a special baseball presented by Earl Thompson, also a Pearland resident who played in the inaugural Little League World Series in 1947.

Thompson signed and presented a baseball to Mayor of Pearland City Council Pro Tem Tony Carbone, who will now be housed at Pearland City Hall in honor of the 2022 team. Thompson urged the young players to enjoy every moment at Williamsport.

The Pearland Little League team has also seen the city support them through sponsorships and donations. Pearland restaurants such as Killen’s BBQ and Willie’s Grill and Icehouse held fundraisers to raise money for the team’s expenses.

The original Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen, located August 15th at 2202 E. Broadway St., Pearland, will donate 100% of its proceeds to the Pearland All Stars.

In addition, the team received sponsorship money totaling $60,000 from the Houston Astros Foundation, gallery furniture owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, and HEB, who each donated $20,000 to the team.

“We are extremely grateful to all of the sponsors who support the league year after year and to all those who are now helping in this team’s journey. Let’s go Pearland!” Troy Johnson, executive chairman of the Pearland Little League, told Community Impact newspaper.

Pearland Little League is no stranger to success. The team has made it to the Little League World Series four times in the last 12 years. Pearland will depart for Williamsport on August 12th.

Pearland’s first game of the Little League World Series is on August 18 at 7 p.m. at Lamade Stadium at 100 Borderline Road, South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

“Thank you all for coming,” said Pearland All Stars manager Aaron Cummings. “It’s really, really overwhelming. We are blessed and happy that you are here. … I want to thank each and every one of you for coming.”

SEE ALSO: Mattress Mack invites the Pearland Little League to the Astros game as the team basks in a viral moment

This article is courtesy of our ABC13 partners at Community Impact Newspapers.

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Dais Johnston

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