PORTLAND, Oregon (KWTX) The Lake Air Little League softball team won the World Series title Wednesday night with a 7-2 win over North Carolina.
The Lake Air team finished unbeaten in Oregon, winning all 7 games they played.
Lake Air fell behind 1-0 in the first inning then scored seven unanswered runs to claim the championship.
Makayla Ramos played a key role in the offense, driving in three runs in the early innings.
Lake Air scored three runs in the second inning to take a 3-1 lead.
They added four more runs in the second to make it 7-1 and essentially put the game out of reach.
Daniella Ramirez was outstanding on the mound.
Ramirez allowed a first inning run and then nothing until the sixth inning.
She allowed 2 runs in the title game win and just 13 in the World Series tournament over seven games.
Several watch parties were held in Waco for the final game.
KWTX caught up with the grandmother of player Ariel Munoz at Fuddruckers.
She said it was an exciting and emotional win.
"Their goal was to get out there and win the World Series, and they did it," said Diana Alvarado.
Alvarado became ill earlier this year and had never missed one of her granddaughter's games until now.
"I try not to miss a game, and between my health, this was just 'stay home and watch it on TV,' but I'm happy for her, I'm happy that she got to live this dream," said Alvarado.
She said some of them have been playing together their whole lives.
"They grew up together, they know how each other plays, and this was their goal," said Alvarado.
Everyday she would call and text her granddaughter to let her and the team know that Waco hadn't forgotten about them.
“They actually didn’t’ think they had this much support, it wasn’t ‘til they got where they were at that they realized that hey, 254 was backin’ ‘em up all the way, all the way from Waco, Texas, they’ve been backed up and it’s amazing, it’s amazing that they have all the support that they do.” said Alvarado.
"254...we continue to back y'all up," she said.
The team flies into Dallas Thursday evening and will drive back to Waco.
Family and friends plan to be there to welcome the champions home.
"She calls me on a daily basis but it's not the same, she's gonna get a big 'ole hug from me tomorrow," said Alvarado.