West Side Little League All Stars suffer first loss of summer in state tournament

Hamilton's Sammy Platt makes contact with the ball during Hamilton West Side Little League's 10-1 win over Loveland in the District 9 Little League championship Monday, July 11, 2022 at Home of the Brave Park in Loveland. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Hamilton's Sammy Platt makes contact with the ball during Hamilton West Side Little League's 10-1 win over Loveland in the District 9 Little League championship Monday, July 11, 2022 at Home of the Brave Park in Loveland. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

West Side Little League faced an elimination game in the state tournament after losing 5-1 to Galion on Tuesday in Elyria.

The first loss of the summer for West Side, a 12-and-under team from Hamilton, means it played New Albany at 5 p.m. today. The winner of that game will play Galion in the state championship game at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Galion scored all five of its runs in the first three innings Tuesday, hitting home runs in the second and third. West Side scored its only run in the third when Sammy Platt led off with a double and came around to score later in the inning.

West Side opened the tournament with a 13-2 victory against Ironton on Saturday. It then beat Boardman Community 10-0 on Sunday.

The Ohio champion advances to the regional tournament in Whitestown, Ind. West Side has won the Ohio tournament 10 times in the last 12 years.

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