The Little League World Series is the Super Bowl of youth baseball.
Young baseballers dream of making it to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in hopes of playing under the big lights on ESPN. Getting there is one thing; performing there is another. Even though the 2021 LLWS looks a little different because of the coronavirus pandemic, the stage isn’t any smaller.
One little leaguer from the Great Lakes Regional runner-up from Hamilton, Ohio stepped up big time when a win was on the line.
Noah Davidson’s LLWS Walk Off on Opening Day
The game between the Southeast champs from Nolensville, Tennessee and Ohio wasn’t the most exciting thing on Earth. The teams struggled so much to score that the contest went into extra innings. That is until the very last play of the game.
Ohio player Noah Davidson steps up to the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning. All he’s thinking is he has to put the ball in play and good things will happen.
Davidson cracks the ball towards Tennessee first baseman Nolan Brown. Brown’s reaction isn’t quick enough, and the ball zips under his legs into right field.
The error brings in the winning run to break the scoring drought and give Ohio the 1-0 win. The team goes nuts. Tennessee walks off the field heartbroken. The cameras at ESPN zoom in on a devastated Brown. He can’t believe he didn’t make the play. Luckily for him, Tennessee lives to play another day.
The Nolensville team will square off against the New England Regional champs from New Hampshire, who lost to the West Regional runner-up from Torrance, California in the opening round, to keep their season alive. Ohio will face California in a winner’s bracket matchup.
Walk offs are euphoria for one team and heartbreak for another. Brown wore his heart on his sleeve, and he’ll have the opportunity to use his passion towards a rebound victory.