Bonita's Sweetwater Valley Little League is now one game away from the Little League World Series after an 11-1 win over the Snow Canyon Little League team of Santa Clara, Utah.
The group of 11-year-olds and 12-year-olds will now advance to the championship game of the Western Regional Tournament on Saturday, which could bring the team a World Series berth.
A throng of fans who couldn’t make it to the game in San Bernardino watched it at Pizzo’s Pizzeria in San Miguel Ranch on Thursday evening.
Many of the players' families praised the team for its heart.
"They work together," said parent Karla Poukkula. "They just have the heart and they have the passion."
Other South Bay residents said the fact that residents are rallying behind the team speaks volumes about the community.
“I think the support system is amazing,” Yasmine Alatriste said. "There’s something that’s just special about this area.”
The all-star team, known for its power hitting, hit 10 homeruns in its first two games of the tournament.
The team’s opponent, the Snow Canyon Little League was the only other team in San Bernardino without a loss.
A game to determine the third place winner will be on Friday evening.