WACO, Texas (KWTX) A welcome home celebration is planned for 7:45 Thursday night for the Lake Air Little League softball team after the girls won the World Series Wednesday night in Portland, Oregon.
“Overall, it feels good,” said head coach David Rodriguez.
“It’s an awesome experience overall here, just making it here. For us to win it, is just taking us to another level of excitement.”
Rodriguez spoke with KWTX as his newly-crowned team boarded buses and headed for the airport in Oregon around noon Thursday.
The team will arrive at DFW airport and then face one more bus ride back to Waco for the welcome home celebration at the Lake Air Little League Complex Thursday night.
“They’re going to pick us up and bring us to the Lake Air field where it all started,” Rodriguez said.
The Lake Air Little League softball team won the World Series title Wednesday night with a 7-2 win over North Carolina, finishing 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.
Rodriguez says he wasn’t worried when the team fell behind early in the game because his group never quits.
“We’ve done it a few times this season,” Rodriguez said.
“We were even down in state. We lost a game and we were down 5 runs and ended up scoring 15 runs in one inning.”
Rodriguez said most of the team has been together since they were youngsters and a world title has always been the ultimate goal.
“As far as travel ball, most of them have been together since they were at least 7 years old. At least 8 or 9 of them,” he said.
The Waco ISD, which provided transportation for the team from the airport to Waco, issued a statement Thursday saying, “Thank you for your support of this team! We are incredibly proud of the Waco ISD students, their teammates, and coaches for their success and for representing Waco so well!”