SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — All good things must come to an end and Sunday was the final day of the 2021 Little League World Series.
Sunday was the largest crowd Eyewitness News has seen at the stadium since the start of the tournament. Many visitors say they can’t believe their teams made it to the championship.
“I’m having so much fun and it’s an honor getting to be here and it’s really cool and amazing,” Lucy Philpot of Hamilton, Ohio said.
Visitors traveled far and wide to watch the Little League’s championship game between Ohio and Michigan.
“It’s been a dream for all of these boys to be here so to actually see them out on the field and then playing, it’s just unbelievable,” Stephanie Shufeldt of Taylor, Michigan said.
“I grew up watching it with my stepdad, never thought I’d ever be here and it means a lot to be here supporting my family,” Don Woodman of Taylor, Michigan said.
Families say the hardest part of this journey was having to stay socially distant from the players.
“He’ll be able to come home today and he’s just going to get big hugs from everybody and I know all of the other moms are really super excited. All of the other family members are super excited too,” Chelsea Woodman of Taylor, Michigan said.
The wife of Ohio’s team manager says she hasn’t seen him in almost a month.
“I have not been in the general vicinity of my husband for several weeks now. We are newlyweds so this is our honeymoon I guess,” Molly Kraft of Hamilton, Ohio said.
Another visitor had a son who won the World Series in 2018 and has a son who played in this year’s. She’s grateful for this opportunity again.
“So, we’re so blessed that he was picked to be on this team and come here and it’s been such an incredible journey,” Ina Murry of Honolulu, Hawaii said.
Michigan defeated Ohio 5-2 to win the Little League World Series Sunday afternoon.