CLE ELUM, Wash. -- The community of Cle Elum has its eyes and heart focused on Florida this weekend, as a local softball team plays in The Babe Ruth World Series tournament.

The girls defeated teams around the northwest to qualify for the national stage, but it was help back home that helped them make the trip.

All around Cle Elum there are signs of support for the team.

Everybody in some way is vested and invested in our youth, said Rita Kretschman.

Their pride decorates the front page of the newspaper and it s even more evident inside the conference room of one local business where supporters gathered to talk about their team.

To get a special group like this and make it as far as they have; is incredible, said Kevin Larimer.

The team s known as the Warriors and they re the first ever from Cle Elum and Roslyn team to make it to the Babe Ruth World Series.

Almost more amazing than their play on the field; is the community that helped them raise $27,000 in just seven days, so they could make the trip. Supporters like Kerri Farnum jumped into action

These girls needed every dollar to go and it wasn t going to happen if they couldn t raise that money, said Farnum.

Instead of a team effort, it became a town effort. They used everything from a car wash to a spaghetti feed.

The girls left for Florida Wednesday and will play their first games on Friday.

Supporters back home are trying to figure out they can keep tabs on all the action. The early rounds of the tournament will not be broadcast on television or radio.

We support our groups, this group is pretty special, said Larimer.

It s a group supported not just by friends and family, but by a small town where they are already champions.
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