ENCINITAS, Calif. - A team of 13-year-olds from Encinitas is one step closer to the Little League World Series.
10News went to Encinitas on Monday and caught up with 13-year-old teammates Finlay Lumsden, Wyley Sharp and Shane Telfer, who were clearly excited.
"It feels pretty good to have made it this far," said Lumsden, an eighth grader.
As 10News reported Sunday, their team won Sunday's Southern California championship game 9-3 against Long Beach. Now, the Encinitas Little League team is headed to San Bernardino. They are just one of six teams in the West Region trying to win their way to Williamsport, Pennsylvania and the Little League World Series.
"I watched it on TV when I was like 8 or 9 and I always thought it would be really cool to get there," said Tefler. "And now, we finally have a chance to get there."
On Monday, the team gathered with their parents in Encinitas for a meeting before their first championship game this Saturday. That is when they will meet up against Honolulu Little League.
"It’s still a whirlwind for us. We've been texting and emailing all day. The biggest line is …'Is this really happening?' And it is! So we look forward to it," said coach Brian Mazone.
Mazone, who is a former pitcher, has been coaching the boys since they were on the 9 and 10-year-old all-stars. He tells 10News their progress has been astonishing both on and off the field.
"These kids have a ton of heart," Mazone said.
Sharp, who plays catcher, says it helps that they all get along.
"We are all relaxed around each other and we feel welcome, so that helps with communication on the field and off the field," he added.
While they are proud to be the Southern California champs, they have their eyes set on a bigger prize.
"We have an end goal and that is definitely the World Series," said Mazone.
Lumsden added, "We're just going to keep playing our game and practice the way we've always been practicing because it's got us this far."