Little League World Series champions return home

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The Eastbank 11&12 team beat Curacao, 8-0, to grab the Little League World Series championship. The River Ridge-based team raised the trophy in their first visit to Williamsport, PA.

River Ridge, Louisiana's Stan Wiltz embraces Peyton Spadoni (6) as they jump on top of Jeffrey Curtis and Conner Perrot (9) on top of the pile as they celebrate the 8-0 win against Curacao in the Little League World Series Championship game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)

On Monday, the team will be escorted from the airport to the parking lot outside the Shrine on Airline to meet their fans. In case of inclement weather, the Jefferson Performing Arts Center will be opened to accommodate the homecoming celebration.

Due to traffic congestion and concourse security concerns, we are jointly asking that everyone refrain from trying to greet the team at the airport. The team will be greeted in the area of the parking lot on Deputy James Clarius Drive near the Jefferson Performing Arts Center and the JPSO 4th District Station.

Marshall Louque racked up three RBI’s for Scott Frazier’s squad. Ryan Darrah contributed with two RBI.

Egan Prather held Curacao scoreless on the mound with six strikeouts.

The squad lost their first game at the LLWS to Hawaii. But fought through the losers’ bracket to win the championship.

“You know it makes it even better. Becuase it shows the resiliency of these kids. That they fought back through this whole thing. The whole thing is surreal, and maybe I’ll process it about two years,” said head coach Scott Frazier to ESPN.

Eastbank got on the scoreboard first courtesy of a Louque RBI double in the first frame. Louque again delivered in the third, his double off the wall registered an RBI.

Reece Roussel connected for a Little League World Series 16th hit in the fifth inning. Roussel’s double brought in River Ridge’s third run of the game. Very next batter, Louque collected his third RBI of the game with a single.

Curacao threatened in the third inning with the bases loaded. The pitch got away from catcher Ryder Planchard, but he recovered to throw out the runner at third base.

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