Greenville North State makes rock-star homecoming entrance


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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The Greenville North State Little League Team is officially back home, after flying on three private jets from Williamsport to Greenville.

“We got to fly in a private plane, it was crazy,” said pitcher Chase Anderson.

During the Little League World Series, the Greenville squad made history, tossing a perfect game, followed by a no-hitter. The pitchers dominated hitters, and caught the attention of major league players.

“It was pretty surreal to see that environment,” said Brent Anderson, Chase’s dad. “I mean I think that first game was about 15,000 people there.”

Chase was a part of the Greenville’s dominant trio of pitchers.

Chase said despite a heartbreaking lose to Texas in the U.S. Championship game, they still had a lot of fun.

“It stinks that we couldn’t come out on top, but it was a great game, and then we played Mexico, our buddies, we roomed with them, so we had a great time just playing around,” he said.

The team finished fourth in the world after losing to Mexico Sunday in a consolation game.

Some players, like JoeJoe Byrne, say they’ll never forget their experience in Williamsport.

“The home-run was really great, and all those other hits were really good too,” he said.

Family, friends, and even state lawmakers welcomed the team home Monday morning at the Pitt-Greenville Airport. Among them was Pitt County Rep. Greg Murphy, who said the team united a divided state.

“We saw them playing yesterday against Mexico. Well they’re kids, they don’t see all these other artificial barriers, and its great to see them come together and bring unity rather than division,” Rep. Murphy said.

Fans said regardless of the outcome, they’re excited about how well the team did.

“I’m just so proud of what they’ve done and where they’re going and how they’re representing our city, said Kelby Thorndyke, a North State fan.

The team heads to Raleigh Tuesday to be recognized by both the House and Senate.

Wednesday fans are welcome to come out and celebrate the team beginning at 6 p.m. at Elm Street Park.

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