Petaluma team

A Petaluma team made it to the Little League World Series and are headed to Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (KGO Photo)

They started playing the Little League World Series 66 years ago and for the first time, a team from Sonoma County has made it. They are the pride of Petaluma.

The last few days have been a scramble with players and family members booking flights to Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The World Series begins on Thursday with Petaluma playing the northeast champ from Fairfield, Connecticut. We talked with coach Eric Smith about a once-in-a-lifetime chance.

"When we start actually talking about the numbers involved it's pretty crazy. I think there are over 7,000 Little Leagues that started this whole thing and there are 16 left. I don't think about it a lot until someone says, 'You are at the Little League World Series.' I think it's that World Series term that just sort of is a shocker. You know, it's not a regional tournament. You know just the name of it alone makes it bigger," said Smith.

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