Every August, it’s time to grab a handful of Little Kettle That Could and root for the underdog in the World Series. Sure, it might look like an average Wednesday afternoon at your local baseball field, until you realize that there are thousands of fans in the stands (this year’s boys final game drew over 28,00 people), plus millions watching all over the globe.
Talk about pressure! Boys’ teams from all over the world compete in round after round of elimination games to decide the eventual winners at the final tournament in Williamsport, OH., while the girls’ teams battle it out to make the finals in Portland, OR.
On the girls’ side, Wheelersburg, OH. defeated Tunkahannock, PA. 3-0 behind a stellar pitching performance from AndiJo Howard, who allowed just three hits in her complete game shutout. A few errors by the Pennsylvania squad and a fielder’s choice RBI by Emma Smith accounted for all the scoring in the final game. Congrats to Wheelersburg for bringing home the first World Series title for Ohio!
For the boys, Honolulu HI. defeated the South Korean squad to bring Hawaii its third world championship since 2005. Honolulu was led by the exceptional pitching of Ka’olu Holt, who also pitched a complete game shutout, and the batting of first baseman Mana Lau Kong, who started the offense off right in the first inning with a bang, sending the first pitch he saw into the stands. Honolulu wouldn’t need any more runs but would tack on two more to cruise to victory.
There are a good number of Major Leaguers from all over the world who once ran through this field of dreams. Yusmeiro Petit, Colby Rasmus, Johnathan Schoop, and Cody Bellinger are just a handful of the current Major League players who went to the big show as little kids.
This dream belongs to everyone. If you’ve got the will, we’ve got a way.