The Northwood Little League Juniors won the Southeast Region Wednesday and advance to the Little League World Series in Detroit.
The Northwood Juniors (13- and 14-year-olds) defeated Virginia 4-3 to win the Southeast Region baseball championship today.
This is the first time Northwood, from Taylors, has had a team play in the Junior World Series.
Northwood will fly to Detroit Friday, participate in opening ceremonies Saturday and play the winner of the Central District Sunday at 5 p.m. Five U.S. teams and four international will compete to play for the championship on Aug. 21. ESPN 3 will stream the championship game.
Northwood pitcher Braden Johnson threw for more than six innings and 99 pitches, but the final out was recorded when Myles Daniels and Granger Pope tagged a runner trying to steal home.
Virginia pulled to within one run in the final inning of the championship game, with bases loaded and two outs.
“There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a team win three in a row, and win a championship,” Northwood manager Mike Daniels said.
“The boys were excited. The coaches were excited. The parents were excited. It’s always a goal to win any tournament in which you play,” Daniels said.
Northwood went undefeated in the Southeast Region tournament that featured seven state champions.
The win represents back-to-back World Series appearances for a Northwood Little League team, with the Little League Majors (11- and 12-year-olds) competing last year in Williamsport, Pa.