FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) -- It was a big welcome home for a Fairfield baseball team, fresh off of their appearance in the Little League World Series.
It was a victory lap home for the Fairfield American baseball team.
"It was great, I mean it was great in Williamsport," said Ryan Meury, pitcher/center field, "but there's no place like home and to see all these people welcoming us back, it was just great."
Although they were knocked out of the Little League World Series on Tuesday, to their fans back home, they hit it out of the park.
"When I looked around, everyone on the bus, on the window saying 'wow, wow look how many people are here.' It was just great, I didn't think that would happen," said catcher Biagio Paoletta.
One by one the players stepped off the bus, ending the team's 21 days on the road.
"We came down Route 1 and they saw how many people showed up and I think it made them feel like a million bucks," said manager Bill Meury, "really nice."
"To know that we're coming home to all these people, coming to celebrate what we've done this summer is just amazing because we wouldn't think that all of these people from all over Fairfield have been watching us all the way," said Biagio.
All the way up to Thursday, when town leaders celebrated them in a ceremony.
"Guys welcome home, thank you for making us so proud out there."
At the ceremony each member of the team said they wanted to thank their mothers, they said what a crucial role their mom's play.
"I appreciated being thanked for that," said one mother, Maureen, "but they have given us the most memorable summer and I just want to say thank you to them for a great summer 2012, we're so proud of them."
The boys say they're ready for some home rest, but not before they celebrate their home run.
"It was amazing playing in front of 17,000 people, it's an experience you'll never forget," said Biagio. "Playing with people from Japan and Uganda who have completely different playing styles, it's really fun."
"It was really exciting," said Kevin Oricoli, 3rd base/outfield, "I'm just glad to be home."
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