Cumberland American Little League team returns home
CRANSTON, R.I. —
The Cumberland American Little League team returned home from the Little League World Series on Friday to a homecoming celebration.
Hundreds of adoring fans packed Diamond Hill Park to cheer on the team.
The team returned home from South Williamsport, Pennsylvania at about 5 p.m. The team received an escort from the Rhode Island State Police.
The players boarded a flatbed truck and paraded through Cumberland.
Parents of the players were just happy to see them home.
"It's just been simply awesome -- the whole experience. It's just amazing how these kids have touched so many lives. They don't have any idea the impact they've left on America. It's awesome," said Nadine Provost, mother of Tyler Provost. "I can't wait to hug him and hold him and cook for him. I can't wait. It's a long time for a 12-year-old to be away.
The players said they were blown away by the outpouring of support.
"It's going to be great to know that we have a bunch of people rooting for us and cheering for us and cheered us on throughout the tournaments," Sean Meers said.
The team was eliminated from the Little League World Series after an 8-7 loss to Illinois on Monday night.
Coach Dave Belisle told the players after the loss that they were one of the best teams in the world and they had their hometown and the state of Rhode Island jumping with excitement. His inspiring speech went viral.
The team will be honored at Fenway Park on Sept. 5 prior to the Red Sox-Blue Jays game.