Little League World Series entry from Tallmadge: still heroes

TALLMADGE, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's entry has been eliminated from the Little League World Series but the Tallmadge players are still heroes in their hometown near Akron.

The team lost on Sunday 7-2 to Boynton Beach, Fla., in South Williamsport, Pa. That dropped Tallmadge out of contention for next Sunday's championship.

A dozen fans and restaurant workers at a Tallmadge restaurant watched a delayed broadcast of the game. Host Bobbie Jo DiPietro said it was sad watching the hometown team lose.

In South Williamsport, Tallmadge fans used their lucky charms without avail. Some superstitious parents had rubbed their hands with clay taken from the team's home field.

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