PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. - It was a big turnout in Peachtree City to celebrate their hometown team. The Peachtree City Little League Team returned home on Monday following their loss Saturday against Honolulu in the U.S. Championship in the Little League World Series.
"It was incredible like it's just so much fun," said player Will Clem.
The boys delivered a strong performance while competing for the U.S. Championship in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania with the home team representing Georgia and the Southeast Region.
"Super exciting. Super exciting, yeah!" said parent Brooke Clem.
Peachtree City's tournament play ended with a disappointing loss to Japan in the third-place consolation game Sunday morning. But it was their impressive display of good sportsmanship during the tournament that made them real winners in the eyes of many.
"It makes us proud not only of them but all the kids," said parent Margie Traxler.
Spectators greeted the team as they rolled into Peachtree City under police escort Monday afternoon. Enthusiastic fans were there to greet them, cheering, waving signs in celebration. The Peachtree City Fire Department flew a huge American flag high above in patriotic salute.
Then on to Johnny's Pizza where friends, family, and fans gathered for a big celebration party.
"When I saw everybody out there it was really cool to see everybody cheering for us," said player Ben Traxler.
The Hawaii team which beat Peachtree City went on to defeat South Korea 3-0 to win the Little League World Series title.