Emma March of South Vancouver making history at Little League World Series
Canada, including March and her twin brother, edged by Mexico on Friday
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.
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.
With files from the CBC's Brady Strachan