CROZET, Va. (CBS19 Sports) -- The Peachtree League gives boys and girls based in the Crozet area the opportunity to play baseball and softball. The 12-and-under softball team has a new opportunity to play in the Babe Ruth World Series.
The All-Star team is the first Peachtree League team to go to the World Series. The team advanced after coming in first place at the Southeast Regional Qualifier Tournament. They played in this tournament with no expectations, just looking to get exposure to playing top teams.
"We can see what they do better than us and we can learn from them," Ava Hardy, one of the players said.
The softball division of the Peachtree League is only three years old. Kristen Hardy, the coach of the All-Star team, was instrumental in creating the softball program when she realized there were no local recreational opportunities to play softball.
"Softball really has grown tremendously in Crozet," Hardy said. "The first season, I think we had two teams and now were up to eight across the age groups."
Throughout the course of the season, the girls have clicked, as well as developed both on and off the field. The players have a sense of pride to play a sport geared towards women:
'A lot of people think girls are weak but were not and it makes us feel stronger," Ananya Madaan, one of the players, said.
"It gives me a lot of confidence to play a sport that I love," said Ava Hardy.
The Babe Ruth World Series takes place in Jensen Beach, Florida. This will be a 10-day trip for the team, with six days of competition. The tournament begins at the end of July, and the Peachtree League is focusing their efforts on fundraising to offset the costs of travel. With various fundraisers, including a Gofundme page, the team is looking to raise $18,000.
If you want to support the team and help them get to the World Series, you can click here to donate, or check out their Facebook page with updates on upcoming fundraisers.