CARL RUSSO/Staff photos. The mayor called them "orphans." A player described the team as "underdogs." The father of another player noted that "they represent a gateway city."

The Lawrence American Legion Post 15 baseball team, which won the state championship on Thursday, August 1st. is now playing in Worcester in the New England regional tournament that started on Wednesday and ending Sunday when, hopefully, the team of 16- to 19-year-olds will be playing for another championship.

If they win there, it's on to North Carolina, for the American Legion World Series.