ECORSE, Mich. (WJBK) - This will be the first time the Ecorse Hurricanes play for a national championship.
The team, which was formed two years ago, has been dominating its competition in the Detroit Police Athletic League and the players are confident they can make waves in California and even bring a title back to Ecorse.
Their power hitting, speed and scrappy play earned the Hurricanes a spot in the American Amateur Baseball Congress World Series. But circumstances beyond these kids control could keep them from it.
"Being on short notice and being from an urban community, our funds are kind of low," said Coach Drew Covington.
The Hurricanes 14 and Under team is trying to raise $20,000 to get to Orange County California for the AABC World Series where they will be one of 16 teams vying for a national championship
The money would cover travel and hotel costs.
"I'm not going to lie, I really want to go. Like, this is a big opportunity for all of us,' said player Michael Wood.
"When I heard that we're going to California I was like screaming so loud and I was so excited," said player Chris Woods. "I was jumping up and down shaking the whole house."
The Hurricanes have been dominating their competition in the Detroit PAL league and are confident they can make waves in California -- even bring a title back to Ecorse.
"We definitely are deserving of that type of opportunity because we don't get a lot of them," said Coach Tyrone Woods. "And when the time is there for us to take it, we'll shine."
The Hurricanes don't have much time to come up with the money. They are set to leave for California next Thursday.
If you want to help them get there head to our website CLICK HERE for the link to the Hurricanes' GoFundMe account.