Grosse Pointe Woods hosting welcome-home party for Little Leaguers

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Grosse Pointe Woods-Shore's Oliver Service is greeted by teammates after a home run in Wednesday's elimination game of the Little League World Series.

The boys from Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores have been on the road for the better part of three weeks.

They're about to be welcomed home in a big way.

The Little League World Series participants will be greeted by fans, friends and family during a celebration at Grosse Pointe Woods City Hall around 4:30 p.m. Friday. Woods-Shores' 13-kid team is scheduled to depart South Williamsport, Pa., on Friday morning, after being eliminated from title contention Wednesday night.

Grosse Pointe Woods City Hall is located at 20025 Mack Plaza.

Woods-Shores went 2-2 in the World Series, earning its first-ever bracket victories in its four appearances in South Williamsport.

The victories also were the first by any team from Michigan since the early 1980s.

"Dude, it was crazy cool," manager Kurt Barr said. "As hard as this can be sometimes, the lack of sleep, just the pressure and the stress, I wouldn't trade this for the world.

"This experience is just second to none.

Woods-Shores won the state tournament last month with thrilling comebacks in the semifinals and finals, then dominated the Great Lakes Regional earlier this month.

Its two wins in South Williamsport came in walk-off fashion, both by a score of 5-4.