Warwick, RI – Cheers rang though a packed room at Dave’s Bar and Grill Tuesday night as fans watched Warwick North girls stave off a late charge by Iowa for a 5-4 win in the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore.
The team’s mere participation in the World Series was cause enough to celebrate, according to fans, including several young boys and girls.
Angeli Williams’s cousin, Diana Rhodes, is on the team.
“I’m pretty excited. She teaches me everything I need to know. So I want to be just like her,” said Williams, a member of the Warwick North League.
“I’ve played with most of those girls and it’s exciting to see them playing the World Series on the TV,” said Amelia Murphy, also with Warwick North.
“It’s really exciting that they’re in the World Series, which hasn’t happened for a really, really, really long time,” said Sophia Stogner.
For Alayna Medna, the League’s World Series fame means more interest in softball.
“So a lot of girls might be interested to play,” Medna said, which is important because that would mean more teams to play with.
“And that would be more fun,” Medna said.
A few tables away, a group of boys were hard pressed to contain their excitement.
Everyone is proud of the Warwick North softball team, said Jared Reminder.
“We just want them to do well in this tournament,” Reminder said.
“I’m really excited that this has happened to the league. They make the league proud,” said Kenny Rix.
“Everybody in Rhode Island is excited,” said Sean Gallagher, “They’ve been great thoughout the whole year.”
Joanna Lambert, mother-in-law of Warwick North’s coach, Kevin DeTroia, was proud of the families behind the girls on the team, too.
“These families have sacrificed so much,” to support the girls, she said.
That includes thousands of dollars in travel and expenses to get the girls to the World Series in Portland. The team has set up a Gofundme page to help the families meet that cost. The team has raised $6,300 of their $20,000 GoFundme.com goal so far.
At the bar, St. Peter’s School teacher Anne Robinson was eagerly watching the girls’ progress during the game. Four of her students, Sophia DeTroia, Alyssa Richard and Sydni Bigelli and Michaila Capicotto are on the team.
“It’s so exciting, and they are hard little workers,” Robinson said.
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