Las Vegas little league seeks community help for World Series travel

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Las Vegas little league seeks community help for World Series travel

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED Aug 11, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A group of young baseball players from Las Vegas is heading to the Little League World Series but first, they need the community's help to get their families to the games.

The Mountain Ridge All Stars became the first team from Nevada to advance this far when they defeated Pacifica American by a score of 11-2 in San Bernardino, Calif., on Saturday.

"It's pretty amazing," said parent Joella Jones Steele. "It's surreal and still trying to get used to it."

The parents have traveled with the team to many games and tournaments. They're hoping to make the latest trip to the World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

"You want to be there and you want to be supporting and cheering them on," said parent Nicole Cave.

But money is tight and time is limited. The team plays its first game on Thursday against a team from Rapid City, South Dakota. The Mountain Ridge Little League hopes to raise about $60,000 to cover travel and lodging expenses for immediate family members.

"It's just important for the kids to have their families there to support them," said league president Kristi Black.

The league is hosting a donation drive on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Mountain Ridge Park, where the team usually plays, to collect cash and checks. The television show "Pawn Stars" helped out with a donation of $2,000, a representative confirmed.

"We need the most help we could possibly get," Black said.

The players are between the ages of 12 and 13 and have played together for years, parents said.

Thursday's game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Pacific time and is set to air on ESPN2.