COLUMBUS -- The Western Little League All-Stars needed big play after big play Wednesday in the 9-10-year-old state softball championship.
And in the key points of the game, Western made those plays.
Western won the championship 3-2, beating Northern Little League in part by throwing two players out at the plate.
The second time it happened came on the games final play. Trailing by one run in the top of the sixth inning, Riley Ingram doubled to lead off the inning and went to third on a wild pitch. Following a sacrifice bunt by Savannah Sibold that sent Ingram to third, Ireland Cavanaugh sent a fly ball to right field. The ball was caught, and Northern manager Larry Carver had Ingram tag up and try to score and tie the game. But a perfect throw from right field to home plate enabled Western to tag Ingram out and end the game.
With the win, Western qualifies for the Tournament of State Champions, which will be played July 25-30 in Luray, Va.
Western scored a single run in each of the first three innings to build a 3-0 advantage. Northern got its bats going in the top of the fourth, scoring a pair of runs to cut its deficit to 3-2.