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Fans went by the dozens to Incredible Dave's in Rivergate to cheer Goodlettsville's favorite little leaguers as they looked to put in one last win, and cap off the tournament of a lifetime with a world championship.
"Those kids are happy to be there," said James Mays, a little league coach who was watching the game. "They've had a good time. We're friends with all the parents up there and know all these kids, been a part of them since they were five or six years old."
But despite giving it their all, it was Japan that took home the world championship with a 12-2 win and even though the home team finished a little short, they were still champions in the eyes of their fans.
"Getting all the way to the championship and being the best team in the United States, I mean that's just a great experience for them," said Jacob Stinson, who plays little league in Goodlettsville.
"It's just been a great run for these boys," Mays said. "It's been surreal."
And even though the national champions aren't even old enough to drive, they've already set a positive example for bright-eyed kids across the country, like 11-year-old Jacob McDonald.
"That makes me just want to play my heart out and just makes me want to play even more," McDonald said.
Whether they were grandkids or grandparents, the fans at Incredible Dave's knew they'd just witnessed an amazing group of neighborhood kids do something truly special.
"The whole state and most of the world is proud of them so I m really proud," 11-year-old Austn Mays said.
"They're going to come home happy," Mays said. "They've accomplished a lot. We're proud of them. We can t wait until they get home and see them and congratulate them."
The team was expected to arrive in Nashville Monday morning. The city of Goodlettsville scheduled a welcome-home party for the team at 11:00 a.m. at city hall.
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The sounds of country music take over the City of Baton Rouge as the Bayou Country Superfest brings some of the genre's biggest names to LSU's Tiger Stadium for a Memorial Day holiday jamfest.
Headlining Saturday are Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Aaron Lewis, the former frontman for rock band Staind. The two-day festival concludes Sunday with performances by Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry.
Festival producer Quint Davis says the talent and free fan fest held before the nightly concerts help to entice attendees. In its fourth year, the festival drew 75,000 people last year.
Visit Baton Rouge executive vice president Renee Areng says Superfest has encouraged people to travel to Baton Rouge on a traditionally sleepy weekend.
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