MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – The 8U Muscle Shoals All-Star team qualified for the Babe Ruth League World Series. After winning the southwest region in early July, the team will compete in the Cal Ripken 8U Machine Pitch Tournament in Ocala, Florida.

The team will be holding a home run derby to cover travel costs on Sunday, July 24.

The team has already played in the district, state and regional championship games in 2022. However, this is the first time that the team has qualified for the World Series in a decade.

The Babe Ruth League World Series will be held from July 29 to August 7. Head coach Will Kelley told News 19 that it will cost around $15,000 to rent enough hotel rooms for his team.

“We’re about $5,000 away from our goal,” Kelley said. “If we can just get our rooms paid for, that would be unbelievable.”

Easton Allen, one of the team’s players, told News 19 that he’s very excited to make it to the World Series.

“I just like coming out and having fun and playing with my ball team,” Allen said.

The team will host a home run derby on July 24 at Gattman Park. Participants will be divided by age group. It will cost $20 to participate.

To make a donation, you can also contact Emily Kelley at (256) 394-2406.