Kentucky Little League champions need your help

By: Eric Eckstrom Email
By: Eric Eckstrom Email

Call me old fashion, but there's something American about watching young folks play baseball. Throw in an underdog story and it starts to feel like a Hollywood movie.

“To see these kids able to accomplish so much in such a small town means so much to me, to them and the community,” said Scott Payne.

Meet the Kentucky State 12-year-old Little League champions, representing Knox County. To say they're excited to represent their state in Indianapolis at the regional tournament is almost certainly an understatement.

“Oh it's amazing you'd just wouldn't think you'd be able to do it,” said Mitchell Buchanan.

But all Hollywood movies need a villain, and in this tale it's that green monster many of us are familiar with, money and that it is something that is affecting not just the players, but the families who will be traveling with them.

“ My mom she's having to take time off of work and take no pay days,” Buchanan said.

Anyone out there wondering just how far these parents will go to watch their kids compete at the national level only needs to talk to their coach, who also happens to be the father of one of the players.

“I'm going if I had to mortgage my truck or pawn something, I'd go,” Payne said.

But for this tale to be a true Hollywood classic, it needs a happy ending, and for that, the team is asking for your help with donations before leaving on Thursday.

This can be done by making a check out to the Knox County Little League.

Those interested in donations can make out their checks to:


Priscilla Saunders
6588 KY 459
Barbourville KY 40906
ATTN: Knox County Little League

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