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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., (CBS) — It was a beautiful day for some baseball and some batting practice.

Philly’s favorite little leaguers were locked in at the cages.  Here’s hoping they mash balls like this during Friday’s game.  They take on the south east regional champs at 3 o’clock.

“I’m excited but I’m nervous,” Ann Marie Reardon, a parent of one of the Taney players said. “I want them to perform well and show everybody how great they are, but have fun and enjoy the experience.”

While the kids swung, their parents looked on.  A few made their way up to Williamsport today, and the rest will follow on Friday, including the parents of star pitcher Mo’Ne Davis.

When they do arrive, they’ll see a town that lives and breathes little league baseball.  You’d likely drive right past Williamsport if you didn’t know it was here. It is a sleepy town that comes alive when the all the kids show up.

“We’re here, we’re at the big show, and we’re soaking it in slowly,” Taney parent Joe Richardson said. “Still surreal, but it’s a good time.”

After practice, it’ll just be some rest for the Taney Dragons.  They didn’t even talk to reporters because it’s getting close to game time and while they all say the goal is to have fun, these kids really want to win too.

It has been one tournament after another for these kids and they even stay in separate housing while here in Williamsport.  So for some of these parents getting here tomorrow, the first time they see their kids in a few days will be as they’re taking the field.

The Little League World Series is double-elimination, meaning you get two losses before you get sent home. If Taney wins Friday they play Sunday at 7 p.m. If they lose, they play Saturday at 7 p.m. Here is a link to the bracket.

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