Mayor Rick Sollars announced this afternoon that several area businesses are stepping up to help send the Taylor Intermediate Boys All-Star baseball team to the World Series in Livermore, California. 

Midwest Sanitation ($1,000), Hennessy Engineering ($1,500), Howard & Howard Attorney PLLC ($1,500) and Area Towing ($2,500) all donated large sums to the effort.

"This is fantastic news for our Little League team," Mayor Sollars said. "The boys have done a remarkable job during district and regional play, and its really great to see some people in the business community set up to the plate. Sixty-five hundred dollars goes a long way."

"It's very expensive to take a team and everyone else involved all the way across the country," said Lanny Hall, one of the team's coaches. "I can't say enough about the business leaders who have stepped forward to help us out."

Mayor Sollars announced that the City will continue to fund-raise for the team. This weekend during the Telegraph Cruise, groups will be out accepting donations. The mayor said he would welcome donations dropped off at the city cruise location, in the old Handy Andy's lot. If you don't make the cruise, feel free to drop donations for the team in the mayor's office at City Hall (23555 Goddard) or send them directly to the Northwest Little League (9350 Westlake, Taylor, MI, 48180). The Northwest Little League is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so all donations are tax deductible. The organization's federal ID is 38-2483269.

The team won the 2014 Intermediate 50/70 Central Region Championship and earned a berth in the World Series during play at the Central Regional earlier this week. The All-Stars will be flying out on Sunday (July 27).

Taylor was the lone unbeaten team in the Central Region tournament, held at the Milward Little League complex in Kalamazoo. The team advanced with an 8-5 victory over Indiana in the championship game Thursday, July 24. Taylor had edged Indiana 5-4 on Tuesday. Before that, they had crushed Kentucky, 19-1, and beaten Iowa, 12-4.

The team is coached by Brett Hall, Tom Wells Jr. and Lanny Hall Jr.

Taylor will play in Livermore, California. They will be one of six U.S. qualifiers for the Series. Thus far, those team include Canyon Creek (California), Barboursville (West Virginia) and Nogales (Arizona). Six other international qualifiers will complete the bracket. Those include teams from Asia-Pacific, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Puerto Rico.

Taylor opens against a to-be-determined East Region champion at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday July 29.

The complete team roster follows:
00 - Sam Giraud
3 - Will English
4 - Tommy Wells
6 - Sam Di Cicco
7 - Robby McCreary
9 - Austin Hall
10 - Jake Erickson
13 - Matt Bzura
15- Zac Biggs
18 - Allen Woodward
20 - Dominic Nino
22- Brent Wright
24 - Bryan Richard
32 - Tyler McMahan