SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — How important is Northern's Little League World Series game at 4 p.m. against the Great Lakes champion from Ohio?
The winner will be one win from the United States championship game and have Wednesday off. The loser will have to win three games in a row without a rest day to get the U.S. title game. And if they are fortunate enough to do that, there would be no rest day between the Pool A title game and the U.S. championship game.
Monday's rainout of the Northern-Ohio game has pushed everything in Pool A back a day. The loser of the Northern-Ohio game will play Hawaii Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Lamade Stadium. The winner will wait until Thursday and play the winner of the loser-Hawaii game at 7 p.m. in Lamade. If another game is necessary it will be played on Friday.
On another note, the sun is out at Williamsport even though there have been some light showers prior to the game. The team is warming up in Lamade after taking batting practice earlier this afternoon.
The Northern Little Leaguers spent the morning playing ping pong and watching television as they ready for their second Little League World Series game at 4 this afternoon.
The Georgia state champions will meet the Great Lakes champion from Hamilton, Ohio in Lamade Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
The game started Monday night, but was stopped after rain moved in for the second time. Northern was battling in the bottom of the first inning when the game was called.
It is overcast and cool today in Williamsport. Teams from New Jersey and Saudi Arabia are preparing to play in Lamade at noon.
The Columbus team will take batting practice at 2:15 and report to the stadium at 3.
After last night's came was officially called, the Northern team did what any Little League team would do. They McDonald's hamburgers brought into the complex where they are housed.