HAMMOND | The Hammond Optimist Bulldogs could have relieved themselves of a little drama for a couple of days had they beaten the Opp, Ala., Bobcats.
It would had assured them at least a 3-1 record, which would have outright given them a National Division first-place, first-round bye in the single-elimination round.
Division rival the Kingsbridge, N.Y., Knights finished pool play with a 3-1 record with their lone loss against against Hammond Optimist.
Now, uncertainty clouds the final day of pool play for the Bulldogs, the Bobcats and East Boise, Idaho, who all could end up 2-2 with tie-breaker implications.
Spurlin Kelley honored what has become a World Series at HOYS tradition by driving another ball into the Little Calumet River for a homer that gave the Bobcats a 2-1 lead in the second.
Opp scored two unearned runs in the fourth, and held off several Bulldogs (2-1) threats to win its first game of the WS while keeping its single-elimination bracket hopes alive.