Sammamish's Eastlake Little League home to two state champ teams

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by Heather Graf / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 25, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 25 at 10:20 PM

How's this for bragging rights?  The City of Sammamish is now home to now one, but two state championship baseball teams.  The boys and girls Eastlake All-Stars are both tops in Washington.

It's believed to be the first time in state history that a single organization has had two championship teams in the same year.

"It chokes me up just talking about this team," said Rob Chandler, who coaches the Boys 11 & 12 year old All-Stars.  "I feel very fortunate to be coaching them and be a part of their lives."

KING 5 caught up with the boys' team during one of their final practices, as they prepare for next week's regional tournament.

"It's cool having two Eastlake teams in one year make it to regionals," said player Jack Matheson.  "It's really cool."

Matheson and his teammate's will head to San Bernardino, California next Wednesday.  The Eastlake girls team is already there.

"They give us a progress report every day, what's happening, what to do, what not to do," said Chandler.

The 11 & 12 year old girl made it all the way to the semifinal of the regional tournament.  On Thursday evening, they were eliminated with a 4-1 loss to California.

Eastlake Little League's Facebook page is filling up fast with comments from supporters, telling the girls to hold their heads high, and saying how proud they made Sammamish and the entire state.

Now, the girls will join the rest of their community as they cheer on the Eastlake boys.  Their first game is Friday, August 2nd, against Alaska.

The boys team must win the regional tournament in order to advance to the Little League World Series in WIlliamsport, Pennsylvania.

"We don't roll over, if we're down, we'll just fight back," said Austin Oh, who is back with the team after being out for five weeks with a broken arm.  "And I have no doubt we can make it there.  I'm excited just to be on the field."

Fundraising efforts are already underway to help pay the travel expense each player's family will incur on the road to the Little League World Series. 

The Little League picks up the tab for the players and coaches, but not their parents or siblings.  If you'd like to help their cause, click here.

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