West Side all stars advance; community rallies around team

After a 4-3 victory over Indiana in the Regional Semi-finals in Indianapolis, it's familiar territory for the West Side Little League All-stars, but still the excitement and support from fans gets bigger and better every year.
"We're a baseball town, and West Side Little League is a great baseball franchise and league," said Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller.
At Ryan's Tavern in Hamilton the bar was packed with fans watching the west siders play on the national stage.
"We follow the Reds, we follow our west siders, and we're just really excited for all the kids," said Vicky Ryan.
"We'll have people stopping in and out of here all afternoon, checking on the score, seeing what's going on, they don't have to buy anything they just have to show up and root the team on, that's what we're all about," said Don Ryan, of Ryan's Tavern.
Richard Lindy of Rags to Richards T-shirt shop helped make this years T-shirts for the league --he says the team spirit across the city is contagious.
"This is our children representing Hamilton, and not only Hamilton, the great state of Ohio," Lindy said.
And as the community rallies around the all-stars, city leaders say the excitement is  still a home run for Hamilton.
"It improves the morale of the entire city, and they've already done our city proud because they're a fine group of youngsters," Moeller said.
The team will face off against Kentucky on Saturday at 11am, if they win it marks their fifth time in the Little League World Series.

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