Reaction Piles In After Sioux Falls Little League Advances
Squad Becomes First Sioux Falls Team To Go To Little League World Series
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — In their inaugural season, the Sioux Falls Little League team is entering the baseball world.
With their 6-0 win over Webb City (MO) in the Midwest Regional Tournament, they head to Williamsport, PA for the Little League World Series
They are the first team from Sioux Falls to go to the worldwide tournament.
Family, friends, teammates and classmates gathered at Christine and Tony Erickson’s home Saturday morning to show their support from afar.
As the team goes from Indianapolis to Williamsport, Classmate Jordan Shanks said their support is grounded at home.
“I’m going to be supporting them and I’m going to be cheering them on throughout their whole rest of the World Series,” said Shanks.
Tom Watson, manager of the 11-under Sioux Falls Little League team, watched the game from Shenanigans Sports Bar & Grill, which hosted a watch party.
He said it’s been a whirlwind journey; watching players he used to coach succeed on ESPN.
“It’s definitely exciting. This is what the dream was for all of the kids and the league from the start,” said Watson.
Support piled in all day for the squad, including Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Sen. Mike Rounds, who took to twitter to voice their support.
Joining them included San Diego Padres shortstop and Sioux Falls native Dusty Coleman, Sioux Falls native UFC fighter Devin Clark, and the Memorial Middle School Mustangs football team.
Manager Jeff Riley said the messages from near and far are making their way to the World Series newcomers.
“I wouldn’t trade this for the world. It’s overwhelming, it’s emotionally draining but I won’t trade this experience for the world,” said Riley.
Riley said the team will bus to Williamsport Sunday morning at 8 a.m.
They will take on Greenville, NC at 7 p.m. Friday on ESPN to begin the double elimination tournament.