SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania (AP) – The West Side team from Hamilton travel to the Little League World Series championship Saturday afternoon after beating South Dakota 5-2.
Cooper Oden of Hamilton, Ohio, delivers during the first innings of a baseball game against Sioux Falls, SD at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Saturday, August 28, 2021. (AP Photo / Gene J. Puskar)
Ohio will play against Michigan on Sunday, who defeated Hawaii 2-1 in the other semifinals.
In this tournament affected by COVID-19, Ohio was one of four American teams – and no international clubs due to travel restrictions – to play in the semifinals on Saturday.
How They Got Here: Ohio started the tournament with a nerve-wracking win over Tennessee in extra innings, then was blown 9-0 by California in the second round.
While many teams lost motivation after a demoralizing defeat, Ohio rose to the challenge.
After defeating Louisiana and New Hampshire in the losers’ round, the club defeated California 4-2 in a rematch and advanced to the semifinals.
Ohio aims to become the first team in the state to win the LLWS.