Michigan beats Ohio for Little League World Series championship

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – It was a rematch made in Little League heaven Sunday when Ohio faced Michigan for the 74th Little League World Series title.

In the end, a team of all-stars from Taylor, Mich., could call themselves champions after a 5-2 victory at Lamade Stadium.

The teams met in the Great Lakes Regional final in Whitestown, Ind., on Aug. 14 before finding themselves in opposing dugouts during the first final featuring teams from the same regional.

"I never thought I'd even make it here, let alone win the World Series," said Michigan's Gavin Ulin, who pitched the final two innings, had two hits and scored two runs Sunday. "It feels great right now, a lot of emotions."

"It hasn't sunk in yet," Michigan manager Rick Thorning said. "I mean it has, but really the emotions haven't kicked in yet. Once I get settled and get to see everybody and celebrate, everything's going to kick in."

Michigan players and coaches celebrate after beating Ohio 5-2 to win the 2021 Little League World Series championship.

Because of COVID, no international teams participated in the series for the first time since 1975. Instead, 16 teams from the United States – the top two from each regional – made up this year’s field, with two divisions consisting of eight teams each.

The series was canceled last year because of the pandemic.

Michigan, defeated Ohio, 9-1 in the regional final. A team from Michigan last won a World Series title in 1959. Ohio played in a final for the first time.

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