Underdog team to play Babe Ruth World Series

CLE ELUM, Wash. - For the first time in history, Cle Elum and Roslyn are sending a girls softball team to the Babe Ruth World Series in Florida.

The Warriors rose to regional champions on short order. They only started playing together in June, an all-star team of 12 girls ages 12 and under.

"It's kind of like a Hoosiers story I mean we really are. Obviously we are of a small league here so we have 6 girls who are 12, and because we're a pretty small league about 6 of our girls are underage," coach Kevin Kelly says.

When they reach the World Series in Florida, they'll likely be going up against teams made entirely of 12-year-olds.

Kelly says they had just 30 players in the Upper Kittitas County league to choose their team. Some of the big leagues in California and the East Coast field their all-star teams from about 200 players.

"There will be a lot of nerves," Kelly says.

The team got extra practice since they've been out in their communities raising money to even make the trip.

They held bake sales, worked booths at their local markets, worked to fill the glove and even did a spaghetti feed - all together raising more than $24,000 to cover their travel expenses.

"They couldn't be more excited. They've pretty much had a public appearance here in town every single day this week. The local fire department is actually sending us off with a parade," Kelly says.

Kelly also says their goal is to win a few games, and make it to the championship round on Sunday.

The Warriors fly out Wednesday and play starts on Thursday.