West Side Little League falls to Kentucky in Great Lakes Region

The Hamilton West Side All-Stars came up short in their bid for a second straight Little League World Series appearance.

West Side dropped a 1-0 decision to Kentucky on Wednesday in a Great Lakes Region elimination game in Whitestown, Ind.

Kentucky, which defeated West Side 7-6 on Sunday, advances to the region championship game Thursday vs. Hagerstown, Indiana, at 4 p.m. (ESPN2).

Trailing by a run entering the bottom of the sixth, West Side got a lead-off single by Sammy Platt. Maddox Jones followed with a sharp single to right, but Platt was thrown out at third by right fielder Jaxon Asher. Kentucky right hander Kip Jones then fanned the final two Hamilton batters — Jaxson Bohlen and Carter Jackson — to end the game.

Jones was 2-for-3 on the mound and pitched into the sixth. Bohlen got out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the sixth in relief of Jones with three straight strikeouts.

C.J. Froelich and Cash Brown had the other hits for West Side, which finished as the runners-up in last year’s Little League World Series.

Kentucky’s lone run came in the third when Tate Marcum scored from third on a wild pitch.

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

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