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Admittedly, I haven’t watched much of the Little League World Series.

But, here’s thinking I might start paying closer attention starting on Tuesday night.

And, why tonight?

Google – Peachtree City celebrates its latest win in the Little League World Series.

Because Team Georgia, actually Peachtree City, will be in action in an elimination game following a dramatic extra-inning victory Monday in an elimination game.

Peachtree City is actually the Southeast region team in Williamsport, Pa., the annual site of the Little League World Series.

Their opponent tonight will be the Great Lakes region team, which is from Grosee Pointe Woods, Mich.

First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m., and you can follow the action live on ESPN.

I’m wondering now if Peachtree City might be a team of destiny. The Georgia boys have already been involved in two of the most dramatic games in LLWS history since taking the field in Williamsport.

In their World Series opener on Saturday, they lost 2-0 to the West region team from Honolulu in 11 innings.

That game ended on a two-run homer and its length by innings equaled the longest game in World Series history.

Pitching dominated the night as the pitchers for both teams combined for 34 strikeouts.

That loss sent Peachtree to the dreaded loser’s bracket early, but the Georgia boys have now survived two elimination games to remain alive in the tournament.

The in-state guys toppled the Northwest region team 3-0 on Sunday before winning 7-6 in walk-off fashion Monday over the Southwest team.

Peachtree City was down 5-2 entering the sixth inning – the last inning, mind you – when it rallied for three runs to tie the score. Peachtree City was actually down to its final strike when left-hander Jansen Kenty belted a two-run homer over the left-center field fence to tie the game.

Then, down a run after Southwest scored in the top of the eighth, Peachtree City tied the game again with one out when Texas threw away a potential game-ending double play ball that allowed the tying run to race home.

In the bottom of the ninth, Georgia scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly that followed a hit batter, wild pitch and a fielder’s choice.

Now, our Georgia diamond men must survive two more elimination games to reach Saturday’s U.S. championship game.

Should they keep winning, there is a good chance they will meet up with the West squad that handed them their opening-game loss. The West sits a game away from making the U.S. championship. A win gets them there, a loss sends them to the loser’s bracket where they’d have to win to get back to Saturday’s championship.

The World Series title matchup is set for Sunday between the U.S champion and the International champion.

Peachtree City is playing in its first-ever World Series, is also the seventh Georgia team to qualify and the first since 2011 to get there.

Hopefully, Team Georgia will hang around long enough to play for championships.

Maybe, it’s their destiny.

 

 

 

Kevin Price is a freelance writer for AllOnGeorgia with more than 20 years experience in journalism and communications.

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