South Vancouver's Emma March, who pitches and plays first base, is one of less than 20 girls to participate in the Little League World Championships since girls were allowed to play in 1974. TSN
It's the big time for the South Vancouver Little League who have made it to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., after winning the right to represent Canada at the national championships.
Friday, parents, friends and family gathered in a South Vancouver home to watch the group of 11- and 12-year-olds represent Canada on little league's biggest stage.
This year, the tournament spotlight is shining a little brighter on one Canadian player. Emma March and Mo'Ne Davis of Philadelphia are only the 17th and 18th girls, respectively, to compete in Little League World Series history.
It's just the third time in the past 70 years two girls have played in the same series.
At just 12 years of age, Emma pitches and is also a star at first base.
"She's got a very long extension," said nine-year-old little leaguer Nick Froese. "She knows her teammates, the way they throw, and she finds it very easy to catch for them."
Emma's twin brother Evan is also on the team providing plenty of exciting moments for their fans back home.
"It's very cool," said Froese. "I look up to them and I hope to play just like them"
Many parents and fans are in Williamsport taking in the games first-hand.
But for those left behind getting together to watch Friday's game against a strong Mexican team was the next best thing.
"This is amazing," said South Vancouver Little League Vice President Andrew Froese. A little bit stressful as well. I wish I could be in the stands cheering."
However, despite a strong effort, Team Canada's late rally fell short and the team lost a close one by a 4-3 score.
"I felt sad that they lost, but we can pull our socks back up and we can beat them against Venezuela or Japan," said 10-year-old South Vancouver player Jack Cochrane.
Win or lose the youngsters in Williamsport are the pride of the town as they show the younger baseball players just how far they can go.
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