CHULA VISTA, Calif. – It was a heartbreaking loss for the Eastlake Little League All-Stars in the World Series Championship Game, but Chula Vista is rallying behind the U.S. Champions.
The boys may not have grabbed the big prize, but they’re coming back to a big homecoming.
“I think they did a really good job and I’m proud of my friends that were on the team,” Eastlake Middle School classmate Jameson Masias said.
Parents and students at Eastlake Middle School could barely contain their excitement about the hometown team Monday.
The team landed at LAX Monday afternoon, and now that the boys are back in California, the city of Chula Vista is gearing up for an end of summer celebration for the all-stars.
Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox says a big accomplishment like this deserves big recognition.
It’s all going down this Thursday night at the Sleep Train Amphitheater. It’s free and the gates open at 6 p.m.
“We are so proud of these boys from Eastlake and the fact that they are national champions for baseball little league,” Cox said.
This is the second time a team from Chula Vista has made it to the Little League World Series Championship.
The boys drew huge crowds at their watch parties, but this is the first time they’ll get to see all of their supporters in person.
“They certainly know Facebook and Twitter and what they’re families were telling them, but I think there’s nothing like being in front of a crowd who is just happy to be there,” Cox said.