The welcoming committee wasn’t made up of all of Waco. But to the girls on the Lake Air softball squad, it certainly felt that way.
Make that the world champion Lake Air softball squad.
A crowd of more than 250 people gathered at the Lake Air Little League complex on Thursday night to welcome home those girls as conquering heroes. The night before, Lake Air seized the first world championship in program history when it defeated North Carolina, 7-2, in the Little League Softball World Series final in Portland, Ore.
A police escort led the way. A van from a local radio station blared Queen’s “We Are The Champions.” Dozens of relatives, friends and well-wishers held their smart phones aloft, chronicling the team’s arrival for posterity.
To these sixth and seventh-grade girls, it was all a little surreal. But oh-so-cool.
“I didn’t think anybody was going to come out. We didn’t know this many people were supporting us,” third baseman Asharah Thibodeaux said.