Friends, family celebrate North State's trip to Little League World Series
GREENVILLE, Pitt County - For many of the friends and family members of the North State Little League team that couldn't make the trip down to Georgia for Wednesday's Southeast Regional championship game, Tiebreakers Sports Bar and Grill was the place to be.
As North State captured the first Little League World Series appearance for Greenville in 19 years and only the second all time, the fans gathered at Tiebreakers cheered the boys on from afar.
Among the proud fans was the father of the team's catcher Bryce Jackson, who did something that left his dad almost speechless.
"He hit a three-run home run today; I couldn't be more proud," Les Jackson said.
The elder Jackson was unable to drive down to Georgia due to work obligations, but said the turnout to watch the game at Tiebreakers didn't surprise him.
"This is nothing new," he said. "This is Greenville baseball ... Even though you might not have a child playing we come together."
Manager Brian Fields' girlfriend Dee Vaughn came in to celebrate after the game had finished, saying she had been a nervous wreck throughout the six-inning title contest.
"(Brian) said that the boys were ready," Vaughn said of her phone conversation with Fields before the game. "He said that they had a really great loose practice yesterday and they went into today's game with a great confidence he hadn't seen in a while."
The team went undefeated in the Southeast Regional and now advances as one of eight teams from the U.S. in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., which kicks off next week.