CRANFORD - The Cranford High School baseball team was honored in a special way for their NJ Last Dance High School World Series Championship win. 

The Cougars paraded from Cranford High School to the front of Town Hall where they were welcomed by a couple hundred Cougar faithful and each player and coach received a key to the city. 

"This is a tremendous honor to stand before you tonight and see our community come together to celebrate something like this really when we need it most. It's been a long six months," said Cranford Mayor Patrick Giblin. "You had a rough year. It wasn't the typical season, but you saw what came of it. 200 plus teams, and you went out and said we know what we need to do. And you did it."

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An underdog from the start, Cranford went 8-0 through the tournament and defeated powerhouse programs which included Ridgewood, Bergen Catholic, Don Bosco Prep, and Jackson Memorial. Behind strong bats and stout pitching, the Cougars outscored their opponents 81-19.

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