Peachtree City avoided elimination for a second game as its Little League World Series run continued Monday night.
The latest win came with two last at-bat dramatics and three extra innings.
The Georgia team had to score three runs in the sixth and once in the eighth. Finally, a ninth-inning run led to a 7-6 victory over Texas in an elimination round game of the baseball tournament in Williamsport, Pa.
The winning run came after a hit batter, wild pitch, fielder’s choice and sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth that set off a wild celebration.
Peachtree City trailed 5-2 entering the bottom of the sixth inning before plating a run and placing a runner at third base with two outs.
Enter Jansen Kenty.
The left-hander hit a two-out, two-run home run to tie the game at 5-5 as Peachtree City erased the three-run deficit while down to its final out. Kenty delivered with two strikes with a blast to left centerfield.
Peachtree City had two runners on in the bottom of the seventh inning but could not push across a winning run.
Texas scored in the top of the eighth inning to bring home the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly.
Peachtree City put runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. On a ground ball to shortstop, Texas got a force out at second base but an errant throw trying to complete a double play allowed the tying run to score. Georgia advanced a runner to third base with two outs before that rally ended.
Peachtree City had one more rally left – a winning rally – and its hope for a Little League World Series title remains alive.
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