JRW’s championship loss is Las Vegas kids’ bittersweet gain


Las Vegas’ Mountain Ridge All-Stars are now Little League’s U.S. Champions after JRW’s title was taken away.

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CHICAGO -- Chicago's Jackie Robinson West is no longer the 2014 U.S. Champions of Little League.

League officials stripped that title away Wednesday morning.

They say the players did nothing wrong, but team leaders used falsified maps in order to acquire good players who lived outside JRW's boundaries.

The new maps stole territory from three neighboring leagues that refused to give up that territory.

JRW now loses all of its victories and tournament championships.

The teams that they defeated for those titles will now own them.

The U.S. title from the Little League World Series now belongs to the Mountain Ridge All-Stars from Las Vegas.

JRW defeated Vegas 7-5, before it lost to South Korea for the world championship.

At least one Vegas player says he's disappointed this has happened.

"I'm heartbroken for them," said Mountain Ridge player Drew Laspaluto. "I made a lot of friends on that team and it's sad to see that they would have to go through that."


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