Poland softball team gets big welcome home as champs

The Poland community came out late Sunday night to welcome home the Junior League World Series champions

POLAND, Ohio (WYTV) – The Poland community came out late Sunday night to welcome home the Junior League World Series champions.

Over the weekend, the local girls’ softball team beat a team from Washington State, 7-1, to win the tournament.

They flew into Pittsburgh late Sunday but that didn’t stop the town from giving them a heroes’ welcome — complete with an escort from local fire and police departments.

“It hadn’t really set in until we got here and saw everyone out at 11:30 at night, when usually at this time, it’s quiet. So, it really started to sink in that we’re world champions,” said Jackie Grisdale, who plays first base.

The team that Poland was supposed to play was disqualified after posting an inappropriate picture on social media.

“These girls were ready to play a world championship, no matter who you put in front of them,” said Manager Matt Bobbey.