Fans and friends patiently waited Friday at Capone's Pub and Grill in Coeur d'Alene for the first pitch of the Little League World Series.

The Coeur d'Alene Little League All Stars became just the second team out of Idaho, and the first from North Idaho, to reach the Little League Baseball World Series.

Thanks to a group of boys from the Lake City, Coeur d'Alene is getting some name recognition.

"It's been great to see them be successful. Whether they win or not. Just to become a core group of guys," said umpire in chief Matt Melton.

Some fans had a personal connections to the league like former minor league pitcher Alex Capaul.

Capaul was a Coeur d'Alene Little League standout and played for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"It's huge for them, it's huge for the city. It's huge for the community. It's huge for those players," said Capaul.

Making it to Williamsport wasn't cheap for everyone on the team, and it came after months of playing ball.

"It's an environment like no other. It's Disneyland for baseball players," said Capaul.