A parade fit for a champion -- that's exactly what the West University Little League senior all-stars received Thursday evening after winning the Senior League World Series title earlier this month.
Dozens of supporters lined University Boulevard all the way onto Wallin Field -- the team's home park -- to say "job well done."
"It's just phenomenal," said Dean Doxakis, whose son plays on the team. "I mean, because a lot of these boys have been playing together since they were 7 years old in this league."
The road to the title game in Bangor, Maine, actually went exactly as the team had planned. The group of 15- and 16-year-olds went 15-1 after making the championship their goal.
"I thought we had it in the bag the whole way, the whole time," said Jimmy Winston, a shortstop and pitcher for the team. "We just kept playing our game, and winning games, and just went from there."
"We said the entire summer anytime we traveled, 'This is a business trip for us,'" said team manager Clint Sauls. "The kids really took that to heart and treated it that way and I really think that's why we were able to win."
And good news for WULL -- most of the players will be returning next year. Regardless of how that season turns out, the young men have memories to last a lifetime.
"If I ever get down, I'm just going to remember, 'Man, I'm a world champion!' That's amazing. That's amazing to hear," said third-baseman Carson Maxwell.
The win is West University Little League's second Senior League World Series title. They won the championship for the first time in 2009.