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While their summer on the diamond has ended, the memories they made will last.

COURTESY PHOTO: HILARY SMITH - The Lake Oswego Majors all-stars made memories both on the field and off during their play in the 2021 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.The Lake Oswego Majors all-stars spent the end of their summer in the spotlight.

The baseball team of players ages 11-13 started by winning the District 4 and Oregon state championships, then finished second in the Pacific Northwest Regional tournament and qualified for the Little League World Series.

In those later two tournaments — regionals in San Bernardino, California, and the World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania — the Lakers spent a ton of time on TV, with thousands and thousands of fans getting to know the Lakers' players like never before.

But let's be real. That kind of exposure only goes so far. At the end of the day, no one knows these boys better than their mothers. So here's what some of LO's moms had to say about their sons' stellar summer sojourn.



The World Series Experience

Q? What have you enjoyed most about the experience?

A: Eugenia Kelly (mother of pitcher/first baseman Chase Kelly) — "Seeing Chase get to live out a lifelong dream at the ripe old age of 12. Ever since he first saw the Little League World Series on TV when he was 4 or 5, he has been in awe of it and set a goal to get here."

A: Donna Corry (mother to shortstop Crew Corry) — "From the moment we won state, our boys have been on cloud nine. Our community really spoiled these boys. From the parent group planning special drop-offs each night in San Bernardino so they wouldn't get homesick, to MLB PDX giving them memorabilia, Baseballism with masks, the city of LO with pins and the league with a special sendoff — they have felt like celebrities. Fancy bus rides and a chartered plane is a dream come to reality."

A: Erin VanDehey (mother to outfielder Kell VanDehey) — "If I can only give one answer, it would be to see my son realize a dream he's had since he was in T-ball where he set a goal for himself to be on the 12U Major all-star team and go to the World Series."

A: Lisa Bayne (mother to outfielder Ellis Bayne) — "Seeing the personal growth of confidence and friendships. … The World Series experience is an amazing experience, but the growth along this journey is what will have the lasting impact."

A: Haylee Carlston (mother to outfielder Ezra Carlston) — "Nothing speaks more to a mother's heart than to watch her child living a dream come true. Seeing his smile on that field makes everything more than worth it."

A: Tamazin Heher (mother to third baseman Beckett Heher) — "It's an amazing experience to watch the boys represent our wonderful community in such a magical place. The fields are pristine, the volunteer staff are all so friendly and the entire experience is so pure. It's completely focused on the Little Leaguers. This really is the Field of Dreams for Little League baseball."

The players themselves undoubtedly shared some of the same sentiments, but offered these additional diamond gems — courtesy of their mothers — about their favorite part of the World Series.

Q? What have you enjoyed most about the experience?

A: Chase Kelly — "Everything. From the charter bus with the toilet, to the ESPN photoshoot, to being 'stuck' with some LA Angels for 30 minutes during a rainstorm, to just sitting on the hill at Lamade (Stadium) and watching a night game under the lights. He has been soaking up every single minute of the experience."

A: Crew Corry — "The Wiffle ball games, pin trading, baseball card negotiations, to winning their first game in the LLWS when no one thought we could — these boys are having the time of their lives."

A: Kell VanDehey — "He has really enjoyed working hard with his teammates. He has learned a lot from his coaches as well as the players on the team."

A: Ellis Bayne — "Every time I'd ask Ellis, it was playing in the pool with his friends."

A: Ezra Carlston — "Ezra (said) 'Being on TV.' We don't even have a TV, so this is quite a treat."

A: Beckett Heher — "The team bonding. When they aren't competing, they are practicing, and when they aren't practicing, they are playing Wiffle (ball) with their buddies. They've been together 24/7 now for over two weeks, and it sounds like their team chemistry is just getting stronger and stronger. They are making memories and friendships that will truly last a lifetime."


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