CANTON, MASS. (WHDH) - Community members in Canton gathered early Friday morning to give the town’s Little League team a sendoff as the players head to Connecticut for this year’s New England Regional Championship. 

The sendoff happened at the JFK Elementary School in Canton shortly before 7 a.m.

Speaking with 7NEWS, Canton Little League coach Ryan Archibald noted the enthusiasm. 

“The best part has been the community support,” he said.

“It’s cool,” said centerfielder Cam Lyons. “I feel like a professional player now.”

The undefeated team now bound for Connecticut won its first ever state championship over the weekend. In Connecticut, the team is next scheduled to take on Vermont’s state champion on Saturday.  

“It’s crazy to think that we made it this far,” said pitcher Patrick Furbush. 

“We’ve always been good,” Lyons said. “But this year we wanted to make a statement. So, we decided to lock down and try our best.”

Archibald said the season to date has been “an amazing experience.”

“The community has rallied around it and you can tell from talking to these kids, they’re having a blast,” he said.

Canton needs to win just three more games to get into the Little League World Series scheduled to take place in Williamsport, Penn. later this year.

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