Northern one win away from World Series

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Kathy McClintock has broken out the baseball bracelet.

Now she hopes to wear it to Williamsport next week.

Columbus Northern is one win away from a return trip to the Little League World Series after beating West Virginia 9-3 in the Southeastern Regional semifinal Wednesday afternoon.

A win in Friday night’s championship game and Northern, the 2006 World Series champion, will be going back to Pennsylvania.

And so will McClintock and her bracelet, which is the red-stitched seam of a Little League baseball.

But this trip would be better because she’d be watching her grandson, Jack Copley, play for Northern.

In 2006, McClintock was in Williamsport to watch the Columbus team. She had no connection to the players, but she got caught up in Little League fever.

The bracelet, which McClintock has been wearing all week in Warner Robins, was worn by the mothers and grandmothers during the championship run.

“Brady Hamilton’s mother, Tracy, gave it to me,” McClintock said. “She said, ‘I hope you get to wear it back in 2010 when Jack is playing.’”

The plan is working perfectly, so far.

Northern has yet to lose in the regional and is ready for a showdown for the title on ESPN at 8 p.m. Friday.

McClintock will be back in Warner Robins pulling hard because she knows what a win will do.

And she won’t even try to explain the Williamsport experience to the uninitiated.

“You can’t understand it if you haven’t been there,” McClintock said.

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