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Jackie Robinson West remains optimistic despite 13-2 loss in LLWS

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It’s not the outcome we all hoped for – the Jackie Robinson West All Stars lost 13-2 to Las Vegas in the second round of the Little League World Series.

If the team loses Monday night’s game, they are out.

“It was a tough game but I'm still proud of the kids. If we were to lose one game, this would be the game to lose, it's a two game elimination tournament so we're in good shape. So it's a character builder that's definitely going to make them better young men and a better team,” said Coach Darold Butler in a phone interview with FOX 32’s Tisha Lewis.

Coach Butler says the young men are winners no matter the outcome and Ed and Thelma Lawson agree.

“Because out of the teams that participated in it they were able to represent our state very well,” said Ed Lawson.

“I'm excited for the team, for the coaches and I'm excited for the children. They have hope for something else, other than shootings in Chicago,” said Thelma Lawson.

“It's history in the making, it's good to see something positive going on because you know sometimes in the media we see such negative things and it keeps us motivated,” said Kelly Frazier.

How motivated?

Despite the overcast clouds and cooler temperatures Sunday afternoon, the watch party at Jackie Robinson Park in Morgan Park was packed for the second time this week.

“I was excited about the win the other night, the other day rather but I couldn't make it because of work so I wanted to bring the family down here today to be supportive,” said Mark Yoakum.

“It makes me proud and confident that anybody can accomplish anything,” said Nia Yoakum.

Governor Pat Quinn said the state is proud of Jackie Robinson West and this Sunday afternoon showing of support shows the dedication to a team shining a bright spotlight on Chicago.

Chicago will host another watch party at Jackie Robinson Park Monday night at 7:00 p.m. The game will be shown live at the watch party.

Coach Butler told FOX 32’s Tisha Lewis despite the loss, the team is just fine, after the game, they showered and did what kids do – rushed up to the game room.


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