WESTFIELD, Ind. (KT) – The Bowling Green East 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars are going back to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., for the third time since 2015.
Bowling Green East drilled River Forest, Ill., 15-6 in the Great Lakes Regional on Saturday.
The win in the championship was never in doubt. Two players, Grayson Newman and Cameron Obee, were spectators when BG East previously made it to Williamsport in 2015 and 2016, watching their big brothers play in the Little League World Series. Now they will get their chance after Saturday’s victory.
“It’s really exciting because it has been our goal since we were 8,” BG East’s Evan Schallert told The Daily News in Bowling Green. “We’ve all been wanting to do this since we were young and we just made the dream come true.”
“It’s crazy,” Newman told the newspaper. “I watched (my brother Spencer) play there for two years straight and I was like, ‘I want to be able to play here one day.’ Now it is going to be him watching me.”
BG East’s Rick Kelley, who was also the manager for the previous two teams to make it to the World Series, is going back to Williamsport as the manager.
Bowling Green, which outscored Great Lakes foes 35-13, plays Midwest League champion Coon Rapids (Minn.) Andover American Little League at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday.