Below are the four teams that worked from their local Little League® the fields at the biggest stage in youth sports as they prepare to face off for the Tom Seaver and Hank Aaron Championships on Saturday August 28, and the ultimate prize of being named the Junior World Series champion baseball league on Sunday August 29.
Championnat Tom Seaver (12h30 – ABC)
Ohio – Petite Ligue West Side (Hamilton, Ohio)
As the visiting team in the Tom Seaver Championship, the West Side Little League from Hamilton, Ohio, reached the final weekend after winning a World Series berth as a Great Lakes region finalist. Ohio start the weekend with a 4-1 record in the World Series after losing their only game in a 9-0 loss to California on Sunday, August 22. Chance Retherford (0.333 avg, 4 RBIs) and Chase Moak (0.444 avg, 2 RBIs), while JJ Vogel (10.2 IP, 1.125 ERA, 17 Ks) was their star on the mound. Facing South Dakota for the Tom Seaver Championship, Ohio is chasing its state’s first-ever Little League Baseball World Series championship title.
South Dakota – Sioux Falls Little League (SD)
As the weekend dawns with an unblemished 3-0 record throughout the World Series, finalists from the Midwestern Little League of Sioux Falls (SD) are on the hunt for the inaugural World Series title. State Series this weekend. In its three games, South Dakota has allowed just one hit, thanks to a pair of no-strike goals from Gavin Weir (11.2 IP, 29 Ks) and an impressive pitch from Maddux Munson (6 , 0 IP, 4 Ks). Offensively, Weir also leads the team with 4 RBIs and the team’s lone home run, while Noah Kuenzi (0.429 average, 2 RBIs) contributed the other two RBIs to bring them to the championship weekend.
Hank Aaron Championship (3:30 p.m. – ABC)
Michigan – Taylor (Michigan) North Little League
Representing the State of Michigan as the Great Lakes region champions, Taylor North Little League starts the weekend with a 3-1 World Series record and eagerly awaits a rematch as his only loss in the tournament. came against Hawaii in a 2-0. shutout on August 25. The team is led by the scorching bat of Jackson Surma (0.462 on average, 4 RBIs) as Michigan has accumulated 29 points in its four games. On the mound, Ethan Van Belle (6.0 IP, 10 Ks) and Jakob Furkas (6.0 IP, 3 Ks) led the charge as the team go into the weekend with a 3.13 ERA. Making his first appearance as a league, Taylor North Little League is looking to win Michigan’s first World Series title since 1959.
Hawaii – Honolulu (Hawaii) Little League
Taking the field first as a home team for the Championship Hank Aaron, Hawaii is looking to bring the World Series title back to Honolulu Little League after winning it all in 2018. Leading with a 3-0 record, the Champions West Region have accumulated 22 points in three games, with Kekoa Payanal (0.625 on average) leading at plate. On the mound, Ryan Keanu (12.0 IP, 10 Ks, 0.50 ERA) and Kaikea Patoc-Young (5.0 IP, 6 Ks, 2.40 ERA) beat their opponents while Hawaii did limited his opponents to three earned runs.
Championship winners Tom Seaver and Hank Aaron face off for the World Series championship on Sunday, August 29 at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.
To learn more about the Little League Baseball World Series, including the full schedule and how to follow, visit LittleLeague.org/LLBWS.