After an exciting week of competition, the last four teams will take the field for the championship weekend 2021 Little League Baseball® World Series.
Below are the four teams that have worked their way up from their local Little League® field to the biggest stage in youth sports as they face off against Tom Seaver and the Hank Aaron Championship on Saturday, August 28, and the ultimate award for being named the Little League Baseball World Series Champion on Sunday, August 29.
Tom Seaver Championship (12:30 – ABC)
Ohio – West Side Little League (Hamilton, Ohio)
Serves as the guest team in the Tom Seaver Championship, West Side Little League from Hamilton, Ohio, has made it to last weekend after winning a place in the World Series as the Great Lakes Region runner-up. Ohio pulls into the weekend with a 4-1 record in the World Series after dropping their only game in a 9-0 loss to California on Sunday, August 22nd. Leading the plate were Chance Retherford (.333 avg. 4 RBI) and Chase Moak (.444 avg., 2 RBI), while JJ Vogel (10.2 IP, 1.125 ERA, 17 Ks) has been their star on the mound. Ohio is battling South Dakota for the Tom Seaver Championship, and is looking for the state’s first championship in the Little League Baseball World Series.
South Dakota – Sioux Falls (SD) Little League
Heading into the weekend with an unmarked 3-0 record throughout the World Series, Midwest Runners-Up out of Sioux Falls (SD) Little League is looking for the state’s first World Series title this weekend. In its three games, South Dakota has only allowed one hit, thanks to a pair without hits by Gavin Weir (11.2 IP, 29 Ks) and impressive pitching by Maddux Munson (6.0 IP, 4 Ks). Offensive leader Weir also made the team with 4 RBI and the team’s only home race, while Noah Kuenzi (.429 avg., 2 RBI) took part in the team’s two other races to get them to the championship weekend.
Hank Aaron Championship (15:30 – ABC)
Michigan – Taylor (Mich.) North Little League
Represents the state of Michigan as the champions of the Great Lakes Region, Taylor North Little League pulls into the weekend with a 3-1 World Series record and looks forward to a rematch, as the only loss in the tournament came against Hawaii in a 2-0 final on August 25th. The team is led by the hot bat of Jackson Surma (.462 avg., 4 RBI) which Michigan has combined for 29 races during 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 when the team leads into the weekend with a 3.13 ERA. Taylor North Little League makes its league debut and wants to take home Michigan’s first World Series title since 1959.
Hawaii – Honolulu (Hawaii) Little League
By taking the field first as the home team for the Hank Aaron Championship, Hawaii wants to bring back the World Series title to Honolulu Little League after winning everything in 2018. Leading with a 3-0 record, the West Region champions have put together 22 races in three matches, with Kekoa Payanal (.625 avg) lying at the front of the plate. On the mound, there has been light out of Ryan Keanu (12.0 IP, 10 Ks, 0.50 ERA) and Kaikea Patoc-Young (5.0 IP, 6 Ks, 2.40 ERA) as Hawaii has kept its opponents to just three earned races.
The winners of both the Tom Seaver and Hank Aaron championships are announced World Series Championship Sunday, August 29 at 3pm 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.