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Host Families Say Goodbye

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The Babe Ruth World Series came to a close on Saturday, and the players went back to their home states.

But for 10 days, Williston was their home, and players formed a close bond with their host families.

The tournament was 8 jammed packed days of baseball, but in between games the kids were hanging out with their host families, and making new friends that will last a life time.

"We've had a group of friends that are hosting the same team, so we've been doing barbecues every night, the kids have been hanging out in our basement," said Host Mom Ashley Engh.

 Engh hosted players from the El Segundo, California, who went on to win the World Series, and the kids said this experience is something they'll remember forever.

"It's a great experience, it feels like home honestly. I've gotten used to it, it's pretty fun, it's cool," said Catcher and Pitcher Brendon Cassillas and Joey Acosta.

 Acosta said one of his favorite foods in Williston is the Taco in a Bag. Over the 8 days of action 44-thousand fans went to Aafedt stadium to watch the games.

"It was extremely positive event for our town. Our town rallied around the whole project, and the event was a huge success," said Babe Ruth Host President Larry Grondahl.

Grondahl says the series wouldn't be possible without host families like the Engh's.

"People ranted and raved about our host families, and those people are the real backbone of our success of this thing. They opened their homes for 10 days for these kids, and basically treat them like one of their own," added Grondahl.

Both Cassillas and Acosta said they'll always remember winning the championship, but they'll also remember their new friends.

"Staying with Ashley and Adam. Staying with my host family. That's the biggest experience, and also that big field that we're playing on," Cassillas and Acosta added.

And Ashley says, it was bittersweet for the tournament to come to an end.

"We didn't know it was going to be this exciting. When Larry Grondahl told us right away we'd be in tears when the kids leave, I didn't believe him, but now I'll definitely be in tears when they leave," added Engh.

With the 2013 tournament now over, Grondahl says his committee will start ramping up for the 2016 tournament in the winter of 2014.

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