PLYMOUTH, Minn. -- After winning the Midwest Regional championship and punching their ticket to the Little League World Series, a youth baseball team from Plymouth-New Hope returned home Sunday.
But they will not be here very long. The team leaves for Williamsport, Pa. on Tuesday morning.
"They get one shot at this in their life and to be able to get there, it's a very special thing," said John Vecere, the team's head coach.
The Minnesota All-Stars beat South Dakota's best team 8-3 during the Midwest regional championship Saturday in Indianapolis.
"In my opinion, we had the biggest hearts and that's what led us to Williamsport," said Talor Blustin, who hit a three-run home in Saturday's game.
After driving home from Indiana on Sunday, parent Kendra Verbeten quickly amended the graffiti on the windows of her van, which proudly read: "STATE CHAMPS." She crossed out the word "STATE," and added the word, "MIDWEST REGION."
Coaches say they're only the sixth team in Minnesota history that has made it to the Little League World Series. The team's first game, against the Southwest U.S champions from Texas, takes place Friday.
A public send-off will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Zachary Lane playfields in Plymouth.
While the team gets to fly to Pennsylvania, many relatives plan to make the 17-hour trip by car.
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