Fans welcome home Sammamish Little League World Series team

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by Heather Graf / KING 5 News

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Posted on August 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 11:24 PM

The team that represented the Northwest so well at the Little League World Series returned home on Monday afternoon.  They were greeted by a big crowd of supporters at Sea-Tac Airport.

The Eastlake All-stars from Sammamish won the state championship, the regional championship, and made it all the way to the U.S. semi-final at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

"These guys have played some serious baseball for the last 28 days, and against some of the best talent in the world," said Team Manager Rob Chandler.  "You know, we just came up a little short against Connecticut, we ran out of pitching, that's the way baseball goes.  If we had another shot at them today, I guarantee we would've won that game."

Chandler and his team arrived at Sea-Tac just after 4 p.m.  Dozens of friends, family members, classmates, and fans met them at baggage claims, to show their support.

"I was just really excited, I didn't think it was going to be that many people, I thought it was just going to be a couple family members," said Dalton Chandler.

Dalton and many of his teammates are still getting used to the idea that their games were shown on ESPN and to a worldwide audience.

"It's cool, because everyone all over the globe can see our plays and see how fun it is to play baseball," said Dylan Matsuoka.

While they enjoyed their time on the baseball diamond and the new friends they made along the way, the team says it feels good to be home.

When asked what they're most looking forward to, most said sleeping in their own beds.  They've been on the road and traveling for 28 days, and go back to school in just one week.

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