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Pleasanton National players and coaches from L to R: Trevor Bergmann, Jimmy Kaufman, Max Heverly, Dale Wolfe (coach), Evan Wolfe, Quinn Brinnon, Mitch Benson, Trevor Wallace, Dave Lander (Manager, hidden), Drew Kobayashi, Max Lander, Nate Lau, Cal O'Loughlin, Drew McGinty, Bob Kaufman (coach).

A few weeks after earning its way into the inaugural Intermediate World Series, the team of 13-year-olds from Pleasanton National Little League gets its shot on the national stage in Livermore Tuesday night.

Pleasanton National, which won the home team berth by winning the District 57 championship, is scheduled to play Georgetown Little League of Jenison, Mich. at Max Baer Park Field 1 at 6 p.m.

The tournament will run through Monday, Aug. 5, when the championship game will be shown on ESPN2. For complete coverage online, click here.

How did Pleasanton get here? Coach Dave Lander's team got solid pitching performances from Evan Wolfe and Mitch Benson, along with some clutch hitting from Cal O'Loughlin and Max Heverly while racing through the District 57 tournament. Pleasanton National beat Livermore (10-2), and Granada (12-3) before defeating Danville (6-2) in the semifinals, setting up the finale in which Pleasanton knocked off Granada (9-2) again for the title.

The 10-team field consists of six United States teams: Host Pleasanton National, plus teams from West: Nogales National (Nogales, Ariz.); Central: Georgetown Little League (Jenison, Mich.); Southwest: Post Oak LL (Houston); Southeast: Rutherfordton LL (Rutherfordton, N.C.) and East: Collier Township/Chartiers Valley LL (Collier Township, Penn.); And four international teams: Canada: Southwest LL (Lethbridge, Alberta); Latin America: C Unidas Miraflores LL (Guayaquil, Ecuador); Puerto Rico: Bibiloni LL (Yabucoa, Puerto Rico) and Asia-Pacific: Izumisano LL (Osaka, Japan).



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