CHULA VISTA, Calif. - An amazing ride by a group of preteens from Chula Vista at the Little League World Series is being watched in awe by their classmates back home.
"They're playing really good. It's unbelievable," said student Q Johnson. "I hope they can make it all the way and win everything."
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Eight of the 12 Eastlake All-Stars attend Eastlake Middle School, which is about a mile away from the team's home field.
"I've, over the years, played with them every once in a while," said student Zaine Mendoza.
"They're like, in the Little League World Series, once in a lifetime. This is their last year in Little League," Gloriana Hinojosa said in awe.
10News showed several students pictures of three of the Eastlake All Stars in the recent edition of Sports Illustrated. They shouted and laughed when they saw Micah Pietila-Wiggs, Patrick Archer and Grant Holman.
Eastlake Middle School is hosting another viewing party for the U.S. Championship game on Saturday.
The Eastlake Little League All-Stars will face Westport, Conn., in Saturday's game in Williamsport, Pa.
On Friday, Westport came back from 12-5 down against Northwest champ Sammamish, Wash., to win 14-13, setting up the rematch with the team from Chula Vista.
Eastlake defeated Westport, the New England champion, 6-3 on Wednesday to claim their spot in the U.S. championship game, which airs at 12:30 p.m. on ABC10.
Tijuana will take on Tokyo in the international championship game, with the LLWS championship game to be played on Sunday.
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