The Canfield Cardinals 11-12 little league baseball team, representing District 2, has won the Ohio state little league championship. The state tournament took place in Cambridge from July 20-26 and included teams from 11 little league districts who battled for the state title.
Coming into the double elimination state championship game on July 26 as the only undefeated team, Canfield needed just one win over Hamilton West Side to earn the state title. Canfield dropped the first game by a score of 9-2, but the team defeated their opponents in the final game to take the 2014 state title with a 3-2 victory. With the win, Canfield breaks the long-running winning streak of Hamilton, who had won seven of the last eight state 11-12 little league titles.
After securing the title, Canfield manager George Beck said, “We’ve been preaching focus to these kids throughout our run and today that was tested. I guess our four years of preaching finally got in their heads. These guys showed so much tenacity and heart. Whatever happens the remainder of the way, I can’t be any more proud of this group. When push comes to shove, they find a way to get it done.”
Canfield now advances to the Great Lakes regional tournament in Indianapolis, Ind. as Team Ohio, with the winner earning a spot in the Little League World Series. The Little League World Series’ Great Lakes Region website has the regional game schedules posted and will have current game scores and results at http://www.llbws.org/llbbws/greatlakes.htm.