WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – The Warwick North boys team – whose recent run the in the Little League World Series was cut short on Tuesday – will return to the Ocean State around midnight Thursday.
According to the league, the team is departing from Williamsport, Pennsylvania around 6 p.m. Wednesday and will be back at their field – dubbed The Pit – around midnight. The league plans to hold a welcome rally for the team.
The team lost to the Midwest team from Iowa in a close game Tuesday afternoon. Warwick led Iowa the first four innings 1-0 until Iowa’s Kaiden Dinh parked one to left center to tie the game 1-1 in the fifth. Warwick’s Kenny Rix came back in the sixth with a solo shot to left field – bringing it to 2-1. But Iowa rallied in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs for a final of 3-2.
Fans of Warwick were disappointed but still glowing on Tuesday about the entire experience. Head coach Ken Rix said he knows his boys learned something valuable from their time at the World Series.
“Sports are meant to teach us life lessons and, you know, I think they learned a bunch,” he said after the game. “Certainly, things don’t always work out the way you expect but hard work and effort count for something and I think my boys realize that and that’s important.”
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