Community cheers on Warwick North at local watch party

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The Warwick North Little League team lost their first World Series game on Thursday – but back home in Rhode Island, the community is still rallying support for them.

The league hosted a watch party on Thursday at Bo’s Bar and Billiards. Those who attended were decked out in Black & White in support of the team.

“This is a close-knit group here,” said league president David Palumbo. “We’ve been together since day one and we’re going to end this together so it’s nice to see all of these people come out and we’re going to keep going until the end.”

Even though the team lost their first game to New York, the fans who spoke with Eyewitness News said they’re just happy to see the team get this far.

Kim Link, whose son is a year younger than the team playing in the World Series, said the younger kids are definitely looking up to them.

“They’re envious. They’re watching these kids like they’re superstars. It’s amazing,” she said. “It’s a good group – good heart, good sportsmanship. There are some good guys playing on that field.”

George Mantaian said he coached three of the players during their regular season in Warwick. He said the maturity level of the players and the level of coaching they are getting is impressive.

“It’s great to watch these kids achieve their dreams that they all dream about,” he said. “We’re very fortunate to have not only a team this year, but a team last year play in it, so it’s exciting to watch these kids play as well as all of the other kids play in the series that we have.”

Eyewitness Sports Reporter Mark Dondero is in Williamsport and will have live reports beginning on Thursday. Follow him onTwitter and Facebook for the latest from the series. 

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