Thursday's Little League Midwest Regional tournament semifinal game between Minnesota and Iowa was high drama, with Iowa coming out on top 3-1 in Westfield, Indiana.
The play only six innings in Little League, and it was an opposite field solo homer by Will Nuss with one out in the top of the sixth that gave Iowa the 2-1 lead. Iowa added a run on an infield single later in the inning.
Other than that homer, Iowa struggled against Minnesota's Drew Law, who struck out 15 batters in 5.1 innings. The homer came on his last pitch of the game, as he'd reached the 85-pitch limit.
Minnesota came back in the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back hard hits to the outfield, but Iowa center fielder made a tumbling catch on one and the wind kept Law's deep drive from going over the wall.
Minnesota is represented by the Coon Rapids-Andover American Little League team. They defeated Nebraska 15-7 Aug. 3 and then topped South Dakota 8-4 Aug. 4.
It's a double elimination tournament, so Minnesota can still qualify for the Little League World series by beating Missouri Friday at 10 a.m. and then winning twice against Iowa on Saturday.
The Little League World Series is August 15-25 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.