WATCH: 'They’re playing for Fargo'; Little League team feels community support ahead of regional tournament
Fargo 12U All-Stars prep for Midwest Region Tournament, UND football opens practice, NDSU picks up South Dakota recruit
It was a cool celebration on a hot day when the Fargo 12U All-Stars gave their coach an icewater shower after they won the state championship. It also booked their spot in the MidWest Regional.
"You didn’t feel like it was real until after it. Then you’re like, ‘oh we’re going to Indianapolis,'" said little leaguer Cormac Nagle.
Now A new challenge in front of them. Coaches and parents have to get the team to Indiana with a chance to make the Little League World Series.
"We want to go down there in a bus," said coach Ryan Nagle. "Sort of like a, almost like a minor league team."
This bus, however, will be filled with 12-year-olds and a trip like this requires some serious fundraising.
"It’s honestly insane how much people have put their hard work and money into this" said little leaguer Eli Schneider. "Because we wouldn’t be able to do it without them."
These little leaguers got creative about raising money, asking for donations and hosting a pitch speed contest last weekend.
"We only won a state championship, so to get all that from the whole city is pretty cool," said little leaguer Jack Bartsch.
Head coach Eric Grande coached a Fargo team to a regional in 2019, so he’s got first-hand experience of taking community support with him to Indianapolis.
"They’re playing for Fargo. They’re playing for North Dakota," Grande said. "It’s going to really mean a lot to them and hopefully mean a lot to the community."
Fargo’s little league team has raised around $25,000, surpassing their initial goal of $20,000.