BOSTON (CBS) – “One, two, three Nationals!!!!” That cheer echoes from Little League Eastern Region Headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut where the Andover National team takes to the field for practice on a sunny Friday afternoon. Coach Paul Finn knew this team had the possibility of being something special and it’s played out on the field one game at a time.
The Andover National team is one win away from clinching the New England Regionals and a trip to Williamsport for the Little League World Series. It’s the dream of every player and these Andover kids are hoping their hard work will make that dream come true.
WBZ-TV’s Kathy Curran reports
Player Nathan Abbott said, “It means so much, baseball’s my favorite sport. I’ve spent my whole life dreaming of this, dreaming of being a part of this team. I never dreamed we’d get this far and accomplish so much.” Coach Finn added, “The kids are soaking it all in, they’re so excited about what they’ve accomplished. They truly love baseball and can’t get enough of it.”
1988 was the last time a team from Andover made it to Williamsport and the Nationals hope to be the next to make it. They say it’s all about playing as a team – 15 players equal one. “The first day our coach told us we weren’t just individuals, he said we were a team, 15 = 1 all working together and that’s how we made it this far,” said player Dan Gammell.
Paul Finn is the coach of a great group of kids and to his youngest son, Jack. Jack said, “Well we practice pretty much everyday, since day one we started to work together as a team.”
That teamwork has paid off so far. Coach Finn leaves the kids with this advice. Relax, have fun, trust yourself and your teammates and it’ll all be good.
The Nationals play Cumberland, R.I. Saturday. The first pitch is set for one in the afternoon.