Mayor and the City hold parade for Mountain Ridge Little Leaguers

LAS VEGAS -- The crowd came out early Saturday morning in downtown Las Vegas to honor the first Nevada team to make it to the Little League World Series.

"This is amazing; I can't take enough pictures. That's all I have been doing this morning snapping pictures," Patricia Torres, a parade attendee said.

The parade, which stated as a rally in front of city hall was hosted by the City of Las Vegas and Mayor Carolyn Goodman. She said even though the mountain ridge little leaguers did not take home the championship title, she couldn't be more proud.

"We watched every moment every single play and we know how great they are, Mayor Goodman said.

During the festivities, the Mayor gave the three coaches the keys to the city, while all of the boys received medals with their names engraved on them.

Drew Laspaluto who hit a double to clear the bases for three runs in the championship game got on the podium and thanked the team's fans and supporters.

"Hi..uh...thanks for coming out. I am happy to have this experience even though we lost but we all played our hearts out that's what matters," Laspaluto said.

Once the festivities were done at City Hall, the team boarded a double decker bus where the boys, so they could ride up and down the Las Vegas strip to greet their fans.

Aboard the open air bus, the boys were seen waving to the fans that came out to show support along the route. Our 8 News NOW helicopter also got a birds eye view of the parade as the bus made it way down Las Vegas Boulevard to its next party destination, which was Town Square.

That's where we caught up with some of the boys and their families to hear what they thought of all these festivities.

"We kind of feel like are celebrities, superstars here it's cool that Vegas behind our back the whole time they are supporting us," player Austin Kryszzuck said.

"Honestly it's pretty cool. I don't want to go away," Andrew Matulich, another player said.

"We love Las Vegas and we didn't expect anything different, Kathryn Holligan, one of the player's parents said.

As for head coach, well, Ashton Cave, said the Mountain Ridge boys deserved all of the attention, and more.

"You go out and be who you are and good things happen. Obviously this one is one of those times when good things happen," Coach Cave said.


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