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North Oldham Little Leaguers return home to heroes' welcome

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LA GRANGE, KY (WDRB Fox 41) –

Oldham County's Little League heroes have returned, and hundreds showed up to welcome them back to La Grange. Those fans say there were waiting for the opportunity to show the team just how much its run in the Little League World Series meant to the entire community.

After a nearly 12 hour bus ride from central Pennsylvania, the North Oldham little leaguers were escorted on the final stretch of their trip by La Grange firefighters.  When they emerged and made their way to the stage, they received a rock star welcome from the crowd.

The players have been out of town for three weeks.  They say they knew their hometown was rooting them on, but they hadn't seen the support first-hand.

"We couldn't see it because we're in Pennsylvania, but we knew our whole community was watching and we thank them for that," said Griffin McLarty.

"There's a lot of people here that followed us through the journey we've been through and it was a nice run we had there," said Jackson Mason.

If the kids were tired from trip, they didn't show it during the ceremony. They stuck around to take pictures and sign autographs, while their parents let them soak it all in.

I'm going to let him enjoy it as long as we can. Just maybe one day he'll realize how special it was what he got to do," said Grant Larimore's mother Jennifer.

"We couldn't be more proud. We're so proud of all of the boys on the team, not just our own. We've got ten sons, not just one on this team, said Jacob Bates' mother Gina.

The welcome-home festivities marked the end of what some players called the best experience of their life. As the crowd thinned, reality began to set in for the boys of summer.

"Kind of bummed it's over. We lost. We have to go back to school now. That's bad," said Mason.

All of the players we spoke to said the highlight of the whole experience was the first game they played, when they beat the team from Pennsylvania in front of a record crowd of more than 41,000.

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