SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Ben Askelson hit a massive home run in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday night to give Big Sky Little League a 1-0 win over Ocean View in the U.S. semifinal of the Little League Baseball World Series.
"It's better to lose tonight than in an elimination game," Ocean View Manager Jeff Pratto said. "We just didn't hit the ball."
Ocean View, the West champion from Huntington Beach, must play that elimination game at 5 p.m. PDT Thursday against local favorite Keystone Little League team from Clinton County, Pa., a team that drew more than 40,000 in its opening game last week. Big Sky, the Northwest champion from Billings, Mont., will play for the U.S. championship Saturday.
Ocean View had outscored its opponents, 21-0, in its first two wins and had 23 hits in those games, but Wednesday the West team could only manage three hits.