WILLIAMSPORT, N.C. (WNCT) — Greenville’s North State All-Stars will take the field Friday night in their first Little League World Series Game when they play Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
It rained much of the morning but cleared up around 2 p.m. The weather forced some charges to the schedule with the first games starting around 4 p.m.
North State plays the last game of the day, which will take place at Volunteer Stadium at 8 p.m.
If Thursday is any indication it will be a packed house as thousands of fans made their way to the Little League World Series.
It will be the first game for a Greenville team on little league’s biggest stage since 1998.
“I feel like it’s pretty good if we just stay together and play as a team and stay with what we’ve been doing,” said Bryce Jackson, North State player.
The North State players and coaches said they are ready to go after a productive week of practice.
“We’ve really been working on hitting over here the last week, week or so,” said Brian Fields, North State manager. “And I really feel if we can all get that to all come together, I think we can be a pretty dangerous team in the tournament.”
Of the 16 teams at the tournament, eight are from other countries across the world.
For the guys from Greenville, it’s a chance to interact with people from other cultures.
“Yeah, definitely,” said Jackson. “Especially like Mexico and like the Caribbean. It’s just a crazy experience, teaching us some words. It’s very fun.”
“Yeah we’ve been playing ping pong with Japan, Mexico, the Caribbean,” said Chase Anderson, North State player. “It’s just cool. It’s just an awesome experience.”
Greenville Northstate will open play in the 2017 Little League World Series Friday night at 8 p.m. on ESPN.