Greenville baseball team finishes runner-up in Babe Ruth World Series

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GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - A Greenville baseball team fell just short of the championship title in the Babe Ruth World Series for 13-year-old's.

The Babe Ruth All Stars lost 8 to 2 against the Dirt Dawgs from Fargo, North Dakota in the championship game, according to the Greater Westfield Babe Ruth League, Inc.'s Facebook page.

This marks the second time a team from Greenville has made it to the championship game and the first time a team from Greenville has played against a team from North Dakota.

In 2012, the team made it to the championship before falling to Bryant, Arkansas 4-3.

This year's World Series games were held in Westfield, Massachusetts and teams as far away as Hawaii competed.

A local baseball team is racking up the runs at the World Series.

The Greenville Babe Ruth All Star Team is competing in the Babe Ruth Baseball World Series for 13-year-olds.

The team started out strong with a 9-1 victory over the Middle Atlantic champion from Centre County, Pennsylvania in the final day of pool play.

They clinched the top seed in the national division with a 3-1 record.

They'll now compete in the semifinals against Meridian, Mississippi tonight at 7.

The games are being hosted in Westfield, Massachusetts and teams as far away as Hawaii are competing.

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The Greenville Babe Ruth All Star Team is headed to the World Series next week in Westfield, Massachusetts.

The team, which is made up of 13-year-old boys, won the regional tournament in Williamsburg this past week in order to qualify for the World Series.

To help cover the cost of travel and other expenses, they’re hosting fundraising opportunities this weekend throughout the community.

On Thursday, August 1, 10% of sales from Confection Connection will go back to the team. On Friday, August 2, B’s BBQ will also be doing their part to support the team by accepting donations from 10am- 1pm. All day Saturday, August 3, Tie Breakers will donate 15% of their sales to the team when guests mention Greenville Babe Ruth.

The team has also organized a GoFundMe page​ where people can donate.

The players will leave for the World Series on Tuesday, with their first game slated for Thursday. They are guaranteed four games. Depending on the outcome, they could be up north playing until August 16.

The young athletes will play teams from all over the country, including Hawaii.