It's a quiet little town, just off Interstate I-4 in center of the state. With one stoplight, if you blink you might miss it. The local barber shop opens just two days a week. Polk City, population 1,500 is best known for citrus and cattle, until now.
Meet "Hick Chicks with Sticks"—that's their nickname, and they like it.
"Hick Chicks with Sticks, that's definitely us," said Jenna Manning. "We are from the woods and the bat is our stick and we use it, buddy."
We asked them if they like the nickname.
"Yeah, I can take it," said Kaitlyn Fulbright. "Hick Chicks with Sticks. We got a lot of support from that."
These country girls can play. They were just crowned State Champs, which makes them Little League's best senior softball team from the sunshine state. These 15 and 16 year olds are now one step away from playing in the World Series. They're the talk of the town.
"It's kind of surreal," said team coach John Manning. "We are the underdog and we are the ‘Bad News Bears.' The community supports us more, because we are the little community. We see each other every day. So there is a sense of pride from one end of the town to the other. That motivates them."
They have the nickname and the signature look to go with it. Come gametime, not only will the fans show up with their boots on, they players will too. They just won't play in them.
"Why not," said Fulbright.
Who's idea was it?
"Everyone's, you can look around and see everyone's," said Fulbright.
Polk City is one of the smallest Little League programs in the country and reaching the Southern Region is monumental. This is the furthest this program has ever gone.
What would it mean for this town to win it all?
"It would never be the same," said Dena Guy Mother of Heather Guy. Will it change Polk City into a big city?
"Yeah, Hick City," said Guy laughing.
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