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Help welcome home Nevada’s Little League giants, Mountain Ridge

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Las Vegas’ Justin Hausner (5) leaps on home plate and celebrates with teammates Austin Kryszczuk (21) and Brad Stone, right, after all three runs scored on a double by Drew Laspaluto off Chicago’s Joshua Houston in the first inning of a United States Championship game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

They drew crowds bigger than some major-league teams, and tonight the members of the Mountain Ridge Little League team—Nevada’s first team to make it to the Little League World Series—return home. And they’d love to meet you.

The team lands at McCarran International Airport at around 8:30 p.m., and the community is invited to meet with players and coaches as they enter the baggage claim area in McCarran’s Terminal 1. In addition, coach Ashton Cave, a Clark County firefighter, will make some remarks.

It was an amazing run for the Nevada team, which outscored opponents 184-27 this summer on its way to a 16-0 record. In its games at the LLWS, the team went 3-0, scoring a total of 33 runs and ending two of the games by mercy rule before losing to Chicago's Jackie Robinson West team 7-5 on August 23. South Korea went on to defeat Chicago 8-4 on Sunday to win the championship, and Las Vegas lost its third-place matchup against Japan on Sunday 5-0.

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