Pierce Jones And The Illinois Team Are The Best Story At The Little League World Series

| by Jonathan Wolfe

This just in: Illinois little leaguer Pierce Jones is a baller.

Jones went 4-4 with three homeruns and a triple in his squads 12-2 victory over Lynwood Pacific at the Little League World Series (LLWS) yesterday. Jones's three homers make him just the seventh player in the last 45 years to go deep three times in a LLWS game.

Pierce got a little dose of what life as a big league star is like after the game, telling reporters he had to turn off his phone because of all the texts and notifications he was getting.

As great as Pierce was yesterday, he’s not my favorite player on the Illinois team. That award goes to Trey Hondras, whose pregame ritual could not be better:

The Illinois team is a great story, by the way. Their full name is the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, and they are made up entirely of underprivileged kids from inner city Chicago. Several big leaguers, including stars Justin Upton and Torii Hunter, volunteered to help pay for the team’s travel expenses.

“It’s inner city, so it’s what I love to do, give those guys the life experiences more than anything,” Hunter told the Associated Press. “Their families, the kids, get a chance to travel and go somewhere and see something different. I think if you give more inner-city kids those life experiences, it changes everything.”

H/T: Chicago Sun-Times

Photo: Gene J. Puskar, Associated Press