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Westfield Celebrates Babe Ruth League Baseball Teams

Westfield, MA (WGGB)—-Westfield celebrated some of their own Sunday afternoon with a parade and rally for their two Babe Ruth League teams. The 13-year olds competed in the state finals and the 14-year olds won New England Regionals and participated in the World Series in Ocala, Florida.

“Even before they left to go to the World Series we had planned the event,” said Westfield Mayor Michael Knapik.  “We wanted to do something special. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these boys and hopefully they’ll continue a great tradition on the diamond.”

Both teams were welcomed home with open arms, as the parade ran down Elm Street and ended with a celebration on the town green.

“The turnout today was overwhelming,” said Babe Ruth League coach John Bonini.  “The support that we got just shows you the great support that Westfield has and what a great community Westfield is.”

The 14-year old team came one game away from the World Series last year, which is an experience the players say brought them closer together and helped propel them to nationals this season.

“This year the chemistry was there and we just built on top of that,” said first baseman Sam St. Jean. “We just continued to work and we just got better than I ever figured we could have.”

“We’ve just bonded as a family,” said catcher Nathan Boucher. “Just becoming closer to each other and I think now these guys are like brothers to me. It’s a very special moment for all of us.”

The Babe Ruth League in Westfield continues to grow every year thanks to tremendous support from those in the community.

“In Westfield we never really rebuild, we just reload,” said Mayor Knapik.  “Thats a tribute to all the people in town that support baseball.”

Both teams were honored with a written commendation from the Mayor.

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