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‘They feel like they’re the heroes of Houston right now’: Pearland Little League team ready to make World Series debut

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WILLIAMSPORT, PA – The 2022 Little League World Series officially kicked off on Wednesday with Opening Ceremonies and the first games of the tournament.

Among the 20 teams competing from around the world this year is Pearland Little League, representing the Southwest Region. The team’s first game is Thursday at 6 p.m. Central Time.

Pearland will face the Mid-Atlantic Region Champions, a team from Hollidaysburg, Pa.

Coach Aaron Cummings told KPRC 2 he’s been told to expect a large crowd, possibly up to 10,000 people.

“The reality is many of these kids, this will be the biggest crowd they ever play in – could be Thursday night,” Cummings said. “We’re going to tell them, ‘Look, it’s just the same white lines, the same dimensions, it’s just a baseball field. Go out there and try to focus on the game and not get caught staring into the crowd.’”

The players are prepared for the moment.

“None of us are really that nervous, all of us are very comforting if you are nervous, so all of us are pretty good at staying calm when we’re in a high-stress moment,” said Manny Castillo, who plays outfield. “We have to stay sharp, can’t make a lot of errors. We just have to play our best as we can.”

The team has been in Williamsport, Pa, since Friday, keeping a busy schedule with practice and team activities. Players didn’t re-connect with their families until Tuesday night.

The team has been in Williamsport, Pa, since Friday, keeping a busy schedule with practice and team activities. Players didn’t re-connect with their families until Tuesday night.

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