WILLIAMSPORT, PENN. (CBS 8) - The Eastlake All-Stars are on the ground in Williamsport, Penn. and getting ready for their first game in the Little League World Series.
The team clinched a berth over the weekend with a victory over a Northern California team.
"To come from Chula Vista and to come this far, that means a lot and I know the people back home are behind us," coach Rick Tibbett said.
The community cheered the Eastlake All-Stars during their shutout win Saturday that clinched their World Series birth. Now the West Region champions are hard at work in eastern Pennsylvania
"They're just having a good time goofing off, and when its time to practice they practice," Tibbett said.
And it will take the kind of effort they gave on Saturday to become the first San Diego county team to bring home the title since 2009.
"We all know what Parkview did, and we don't want to be like them but we are ourselves and our team," Tibbett said.
Coach Tibbett is excited about his pitchers, hitters, and defense. Most of all he's excited to let his players be themselves.
"As coaches we're just fine tuning everything and keeping them focused and ready to play each game, and coaches sit back and enjoy watching them. Don't have to do much after that," he said.
The players practiced for three and a half hours Tuesdayday and also had time to interview with ESPN.
Eastlake takes on the all star team from Grosse Pointe, Mich. Friday afternoon.