Rowan Little League coach Yang advocates for White House visit, equal treatment

Published 6:07 pm Monday, August 26, 2019

SALISBURY — Shortly after a Little League Baseball team from Louisiana won the World Series on Sunday night, President Donald Trump tweeted that he would see the team at the White House.

Now, Rowan County Little League softball Coach Steve Yang is advocating for the same invitation for the girls who recently won their second championship in four years.

By a score of 8-0, the River Ridge, Louisiana, Little League team beat a team from the Caribbean Island of Curaçao on Sunday night to win the World Series. Meanwhile, on Aug. 14, the Rowan County Little League softball team won its World Series by a score of 4-1 over a team from the same community in Louisiana.

Quoting a tweet from U.S. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., Trump at 7:40 p.m. on Sunday said, “Congratulations to Louisiana’s champions. See you at the White House.”

Rowan coach Steve Yang embraces Jaden Vaughn during the team’s post-game celebration in 2015.
David Ball/for the Salisbury Post

Then, at 9:02 p.m., Yang sent a tweet directed at Trump hoping to receive the same invitation.

“President Trump, my name is Steve Yang, and I am the head coach of Rowan LL in Salisbury, NC, that recently won the Softball Little League World Series in Portland, Oregon. Wanting to get an invite like the boys team from Louisiana,” Yang wrote, including a picture of the Rowan team and the winning score.

By 6 p.m. Monday, Yang’s tweet had received hundreds of reactions, with more than 125 “retweets,” which help spread the post to others on the social media platform and received more than 200 “likes.”

Neither Trump nor the White House have responded.