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Mountain Ridge ready for first World Series game

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The Mountain Ridge Little League team poses for a photo in Williamsport, PA. (FOX5) The Mountain Ridge Little League team poses for a photo in Williamsport, PA. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The last game they played made Nevada history; now they're ready to get back on the field.

After their win Saturday in the West Regional championship in San Bernardino, the 14 boys of the Mountain Ridge Little League squad immediately traveled across the country to Williamsport, PA, to play in the Little League World Series.

The players told FOX5 the past three days have been the best time of their lives.

"It's amazing here," said pitcher Josh Zuehlsdorff from the team's dorm in Williamsport. "I mean, every day when you wake up and you look down at the field, there's people preparing the field."

"Everything is really pretty here," said infielder/outfielder Dallan Cave. "There's a lot of trees. It feels really nice."

Wednesday, the team was part of a parade with about 40,000 spectators.

"We were on floats and on the back of a truck, and there were like tons, thousands of people, waving at us, throwing candy at us," said Cave.

Mountain Ridge is one of only 16 teams in the world playing at the World Series.

Team manager Ashton Cave has been working to keep them grounded.

"Obviously, they're representing the entire West Coast, and they're going to be seen by the world so we have to prepare their minds, as well as 12- or 13-year-olds can, to understand what their purpose is here and who they are and what they represent," said Ashton Cave, who's a Clark County firefighter in Las Vegas.

The team is guaranteed two games in the double elimination format. Rapid City, SD, awaits in the team's first game Thursday afternoon.The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. Las Vegas time.

"Everyone has to be awake, ready and to play as a team," said Ashton Cave.

Zuehlsdorff said the teams believes they've got what it takes to go the distance.

"It's like a humble confidence. It's not cocky," said Zuehlsdorff.

FOX5 spoke with multiple parents Wednesday night who are still unable to afford the trip to Williamsport.

So far, the team as received about $30,000 in donations from the community, but it's only half of amount needed to cover all expenses.

If you'd like to assist you can donate online by clicking here or email boardofdirectors@mrll.org.

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