WYOMING, Mich — District 9 from Grand Rapids used strong pitching and timely hitting to eliminate Michigan District 16 from Blissfield and then gave Illinois their 1st loss of the tournament in the nightcap.
Jake Ellis pitched well and Derrick Lewis drove in a pair of runs in the 4-2 win over Michigan District 16, District 9 handed 16 both of their losses in the tournament. The win advanced District 9 to the final where they would need to beat unbeaten Illinois twice to win the tournament.
They defeated Illinois 7-2 behind Cody Ritsema who pitched well and drove in 2 runs.
Now, Illinois and Distirct 9 play at 6 P.M. Thursday with the winner advancing to the Big League World Series in Easley, South Carolina.