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Community send-off for Lakeside all-stars Monday night

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With big league dreams of playing in the Little League World Series later this month in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Northern California Champions Lakeside Little League will head to San Bernardino this week to first play in the 2009 West Region Tournament. With a stunning 15-1 record in tournament play to date, Lakeside Little League 12-year-olds are up to the challenge. The community at large is invited to come out to watch the team’s last practice Monday evening and help send them off to Southern California in true Lakeside style. “Our team philosophy is one game at a time, one pitch at a time, one play at a time,” said Lakeside Little League All Star Manager Bill Rockefeller. “In my four decades of being involved in baseball, I’ve never before seen such a talented group of kids that have the chemistry, the passion and the attitude to take them as far as they want to go. The sky’s the limit with this team of young athletes.” In order to participate in the West Region Tournament, it is estimated to cost $10,000 (at minimum) to cover travel costs for the team of 12 players and coaching staff. Interested community members and businesses are encouraged to show their support with any financial contributions they can provide. The team has already been fortunate enough to raise nearly half of that initial goal with contributions by Lakeside Little League, Lexus of Roseville, Lexus of Sacramento, Jim Cusack Farmers Insurance, Dan Becker/Force by Design, Inc, Granite Community Bank and personal donations by Ken Lynch, Craig Nagler and Chuck Pedone. Fundraising contributions will be accepted on-site at Feist Park in Granite Bay on Monday, August 3 from 5:30 - 7:30 (during the team’s last practice before heading to Southern California) or via mail to this address: Lakeside Little League c/o Bill Rockefeller, 5000 Madison Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95841.