For the first time in 10 years, a Wausau Little League team is headed to a regional tournament, taking one step closer to a potential Little League World Series title.

The Wausau Nationals, a group of 11- and 12-year-old athletes who won last weekend’s state championship, will enter tournament play Sunday in Westfield, Indiana. At 3 p.m., they’ll take on West Side of Hamilton, Ohio, in a game that will be broadcast live on ESPN 3.

In the state tournament, the Nationals got off to a shaky start, losing its first two games by a combined score of 33-5. But the team rebounded nicely, pulling off an astonishing five-game winning streak that ended in a 13-9 win over top-seeded Kenosha in the championship game.

The Great Lakes Regional is a double-elimination tournament that includes teams from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. The tournament winner moves on to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Aug. 17-27.

To watch the livestream of the game, visit the ESPN streaming website. Video recaps and box scores will be posted on the Little League Baseball tournament website.

Best of luck to the players and coaches!

(Photo courtesy of Stacy Olson)