The Babe Ruth World Series Champions were honored Wednesday in Arroyo Grande as hundreds of enthusiastic friends and family lined the street. It was a parade fit for World Champions.
“When you win two tournaments by one run it’s very crazy. We were all like hugging each other after the game, especially the World Series, it was crazy,” said Kaden Tynes, World Series MVP.
Tynes was at a loss for words when he saw the streets of Arroyo Grande lined with signs, support and hometown pride.
“I’m super proud, when you represent your Five Cities like that, wow, like words can’t explain how exciting it is and proud I am,” said Tynes.
The 13U Five Cities Babe Ruth All-Stars brought home some hardware from Arkansas, after their stunning 7-6 victory over Eagle Pass, Texas.
“From game one it was a hard fought win and each step of the way the boys had to compete and perform and prove themselves and they did it,” said Valerie De La Rosa, Tynes mother.
The community raised $20,000 dollars in less than a week to help the 13, 13-year-old boys make the Babe Ruth World Series a reality.
“I’ve lived here all my life, to see something like that for a little team like us to come out here and do something like this it’s a great, great feeling, huge accomplishment for us and the boys,” said Head Coach, Michael Afzali – otherwise known as “Coach Mike.”
From 60,000 teams to one World Champion, it’s a dream come true for the Central Coasts’ boys of summer.
“We tried to do this every year and we could never find our way out of State. Not only did we win State, we won Regionals and then the whole World Series so it is once in a lifetime,” said Afzali.
The last time a team from this area got this far was back in 1977 but this is a first for this age group.