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New Albany one game away from Little League World Series

The New Albany Little League team The New Albany Little League team
New Albany Little League President Mark Boone (Source: WAVE 3 News) New Albany Little League President Mark Boone (Source: WAVE 3 News)

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - If they can win one more game, a dream is about to be realized for a group of New Albany kids.

With what seemed like the whole town cheering them on at their Mt. Tabor home field July 30, the New Albany Little Leaguers got a send off to the Great Lakes Regional fit for a group of kings.

Thursday afternoon in Indianapolis, the team showed the stuff Kentuckiana baseball royalty is made of as they took on Wisconsin in the Great Lakes Regional.

Down a couple of runs early, the talented team didn't shut down.

The 12-year-olds showed maturity well beyond their years, coming back with confidence hit after hit. New Albany easily put away Wisconsin 14-4, putting the team in Saturday's final that could take them to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania the destination every kid who plays baseball dreams of.

New Albany Little League President Mark Boone said of the team, "They're really teaching us how to do it with class and how to do it with pride."

Boone said of Thursday's win, "It won't really hit them until Saturday with that first pitch and then they'll realize, if we win this game we're going to Williamsport and no New Albany team has ever advanced that far."

Coaches said after the game, they couldn't be prouder and can't wait for Saturday

"It's every kid, it's every parent and it's every coach," Assistant Coach Kevin Ricketts said. "It's everybody's dream to get to Williamsport."

"They know what's at stake and they're all saying one game away, one game away," New Albany Manager Josh Biven said of his team. "Our motto is on the back of our practice shirts: One team, One dream."

The one team, one dream motto was front and center after the game as winning pitcher Josh Castleman who also had a home run was chosen for the ESPN post game interview. The star's answers were all about "team."

"We were trying to win every inning as a team and keep hitting," Castleman said, "I try to do whatever I can for my team."

Boone said of the team and Saturday's final, "They know the significance, but they don't know how bad we want this for them, it's not about us, it's about them."

About 1,000 fans already are planning to travel to Indianapolis to watch New Albany play Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Saturday at 2 p.m. For those who aren't planning to travel they can catch the game on ESPN.

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