Aug 16, 2015 8:00 PM

Bedford Little League plays in New England Regional

EDFORD - A New Hampshire Little League team fell short Sunday at the New England Regional final in Bristol, Connecticut.

But that didn't stop their supporters from cheering on their efforts at a local restaurant.

"We're all like clapping and cheering, and it's exciting - upbeat and stuff," said Carley Blaine, who attends school with many of the players.

The Bedford team challenged Cranston Western of Rhode Island.

As the game played out on live television, dozens of locals came together to watch at Shorty's Mexican Roadhouse.

Co-owner Jay DelMonte said he was inspired by the team's dedication to help, so he's donating 15 percent of sales to the league.

"I thought to myself: this is probably bigger than tacos and margaritas - it's about these young boys that are just learning some great life lessons," DelMonte told NH1 News.

The team had been undefeated throughout their entire post-season play up until the final game on Sunday.

"My best friend's son is playing, T.J. O'Connell," said Katy Perry. "We're just here to support the whole team and cheer him on."

Fans filled the stands - and the local eatery to watch the 11- to 13-year-olds play.

"They've been playing for awhile, and they hit a lot of home runs so they've got really good power," said Anthony Zarella, who sported a Bedford jersey.

Rhode Island claimed the win over Bedford 10 to 4, but players left the field with their heads held high - proud that they made it so far, and so close.

"It's bigger than all," DelMonte said. "It's big for the community, and it's big in their lives, too."


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