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Chicago's Jackie Robinson West wins U.S. Championship

Jackie Robinson West of Chicago
Jackie Robinson West of Chicago
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The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars from Chicago’s South Side won the Little League World Series championship on Saturday afternoon. The 13 boys from Chicago defeated the Las Vegas’ Mountain Ridge team. The final score of the bout was 7 to 5, according to the Chicago Tribune on Saturday.

The success of the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars has been a gleeful topic of conversation in Chicago – including comments having come in recent days by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel said that whether the team won or not on Saturday, there would be a huge celebration in Chicago. He suggested that there will be a victory parade for the deserving baseball players.

According to a DNAinfo report, the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars started off very strong. They matched Las Vegas’ Mountain Ridge’s start with three runs. Soon afterwards, Chicago took the lead in the second inning. That lead was held for three more innings – the second, third and fourth innings. In the fifth inning, Nevada took the lead again off a home run. But Chicago came back later in the fifth inning by not only tying the score, but eventually scoring another run to regain the lead. Their victorious score was over Las Vegas by two runs.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn weighed in on the team’s victory by making a statement which said that throughout the Little League World Series, Jackie Robinson West has played with enthusiasm, energy and a whole lot of heart. Quinn stated that the Chicago team has already won the hearts of fans across the country. And now, says the governor, they are now officially the United States champions.

Chicago Mayor Emanuel pointed out that the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars is only the third team to ever reach the championship game of the Little League World Series from Illinois. He said that Chicago could not be prouder of them. He said that their positive attitude and success on the field has rallied people from every neighborhood to support these kids and they continue to demonstrate why they are the pride of Chicago. Quinn, Emanuel, and other supporters watched the game at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center located at 1250 W. 119th Street on Chicago’s South Side, according to NBC News.