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.