A welcome home ceremony was held Thursday afternoon for the Kearney Little League Baseball Team. They were the first ever little league team to play in the Little League World Series from Nebraska. Governor Dave Heineman was on hand for the celebration and said these 13 boys generated excitement all across the state.
AUDIO Gov. Heineman (:20)
Manager Brad Wegner says he was proud of the way his kids represented the state in the world spotlight, despite dropping their first two games and being eliminated. However, the Kearney team did leave a long last mark on the Williamsport, PA. event. They set a record by scoring 15 runs in one inning, when came in their consolation game win over Germany.
AUDIO Kearney coach Brad Wegner (:20)
Nearly 250 people joined in the celebration yesterday afternoon as the team drove up to the celebration in a bus with a police escort. Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse told the player they represented the entire state very well. He also joked and said they owed him a round of golf. He said as he was golfing last Thursday and kept checking his phone for updates and couldn’t concentrate on his game which led to him getting his “butt kicked.”
Here’s some video of the ceremony from KearneyHub.com