TEAM HONORED: Urbandale All-Stars At I-Cubs
After a good run in the Little League World Series, the Urbandale team is back home.
The Urbandale baseball team was given the star treatment at Principal Park Friday night.
The team was honored before the first pitch for their impressive run at the Little League World Series.
“It`s bittersweet to be back home with our families but of course we still wanted to be playing,” says Manager Robert Ball.
The team was eliminated on Monday, but the players walked away with once in a lifetime memories.
“It was a dream come true and it really was a dream come true because only 16 teams out of the world come every year to play in that type of stadium and crowd,” says player Brook Heinen.
His teammate Sam Young agreed, “It was very cool, very few kids will actually get to play on that type of level and to be one of them was really amazing.”
After their last game, the All-Stars stuck around in Pennsylvania to have some fun after five straight months of baseball.
“Hershey Park was pretty awesome, we went there for a day and then just watching baseball and meeting all the other teams that were there, meeting some of the international teams messing around with them it was cool,” says Young.
The team was only the second team from Iowa to ever win a game in the Little League World Series, leaving both coaches and players proud.
“I don`t know when you`d ever get another opportunity to do something like this, once in a lifetime for us, truly living the dream out there, that was an amazing experience they all did a great job,” says Ball.
“Even though we didn`t win it all the experience was unreal, I wouldn`t have cared if we lost both games it was just so cool playing there,” says Young.
On Sunday, there is also a community welcome back celebration for the team.
It will be at 3:00 at the Urbandale Little League Fields.