Johnston's Junior Little League team won some notable praise after in Freehold Township, NJ, on August 11 — Mayor Joseph Polisena and two members of the Rhode Island Congressional delegation contacted JohnstonPatch with words of encouragement for the team.
During a phone interview on August 12, Mayor Joseph Polisena praised the team for their performance.
"I'm proud of them and the whole town is proud of them," Polisena said. "They keep Johnston in the forefront, and that's due to their sportsmanship, their dedication, and their teamwork."
Polisena, who saw the team off last week before their trip to New Jersey for the Eastern Regionals, said he's "been thinking of them every day" and was "delighted" when he heard they'd won the title.
"I told them, no matter how they make out, they'll come back here as winners in my book, just for being there," Polisena explained. "I also told them 'You're going to remember this when you're my age, that you made it.'"
The mayor also noted the coaches and parents who have supported the team.
"The coaches are all together — there's none of that 'I'm in charge' attitude, and that team spirit form the coaches shows in the players," Polisena said. "[The players] all have level heads on their shoulders, and they all work as a team."
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who paid a visit to Johnston on August 10 to , said in a statement: “Congratulations to the Johnston Little Leaguers on winning the Eastern Regional Junior Little League championship. I look forward to joining everyone here in Rhode Island to cheer for you in the Junior Little League World Series. Go Johnston!”
Rep. James Langevin, in a press release, said: “Congratulations to everyone who has been part of the Johnston team’s incredible run to the national Junior Little League World Series. That goes for the coaches and parents who have logged so many hours supporting the team and, most especially, to the players for their fantastic achievement. I wish them all a wonderful and fun trip to the championship tournament and look forward to cheering them on from Rhode Island next week.”