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Chicago Little League team has titles vacated; New Albany now champs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Chicago Little League team has its national World Series title taken away after officials found the team was breaking rules.

Last August, the New Albany Little League team made it to the Great Lakes Regional Championship.

The team played against Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Little League.

New Albany's motto was "One Team, One Dream".

“We were looking forward to it, because we might have a chance,” said Andrew Ricketts, who played on the team.

However, it was the other team that advanced to the Little League World Series and ultimately won the national title.

Little League Baseball has now vacated the Illinois team's wins.

Officials say they allowed players on the roster who lived outside of the team's boundaries.

The New Albany Little League team becomes the regional champs.

“And it was just very emotional. I have to admit I got a little teary watching it,” said Sheila Ricketts, the mother of Andrew Ricketts.

“A little disappointed that we didn't get to go to Little League World Series, but glad that we got the title still,” said Josh Castleman, who played on the team.

The coach now wants to give the team a chance this year to watch the Little League World Series in person. He wants them to have a chance to walk the field, which they never got to do.

Not only that...

“I think it's a great idea. We also have three of the kids returning and I'll hopefully be the manager of that team, along with my younger son, and I think we have a shot to go to Williamsport this year again, just like we did last year,” said Coach Josh Biven.

“That would be really exciting to see all the surroundings- see everything that's there,” said Andrew Ricketts.

For the kids that will be back on the field again playing, the dream to win regionals and a national title is still there.

“Hopefully we can make it back again,” said Josh Castleman.

Parents say they hate seeing the other kids stripped of a title, but this is an important lesson for teams to play fairly.

“I would rather be on a losing team that does things right than to cheat to win, because nobody wants to win that way,” said Sheila Ricketts.

The Chicago team's manager has been suspended from Little League activity.

Players on the New Albany team are hoping they'll now get official jerseys and hats from the World Series.

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