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Hamilton West Side's Little League World Series run inspires community

West Side Little League
Posted at 3:19 PM, Aug 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-26 17:49:40-04

HAMILTON, Ohio — It's become a recent tradition at The Casual Pint in downtown Hamilton, as friends and neighbors gather to watch West Side Little League as they continue to advance through the Little League World Series.

The team's 4-3 win Wednesday afternoon over New Hampshire — marking their third win in the series — means they'll play again Thursday night. The bar's planned another watch party, as well.

"It's so exciting to watch these kids," said Ann Marie Cilley, owner of The Casual Pint. "Baseball, especially for younger kids like this, the dream is so much alive. These boys have thrown every bit of their heart and soul into every pitch, every at bat, every play in the field."

Jesse Moyer is a member of the teams board. He said the city has always supported the team.

"The community has been great; they’ve really embraced this team, and they’ve always been so supportive of West Side Little League," he said. "Baseball is kind of woven into the traditions and the fabric of Hamilton, right? But people have really come out to support this team."

West Side is 3-1 in the double-elimination tournament, falling only to California on Sunday in a 9-0 loss. They'll face California again Thursday.

The game will air on ESPN at 7.