Peachtree City avoided elimination in the Little League World Series by defeating Idaho 3-0 on Saturday.
After falling to Hawaii 2-0 in 11 innings on Friday, Peachtree City was back on the field following the longest game in LLWS history. Tai Peete took the mound and admitted the team was a little fatigued.
“It was really late out and we were tired,” Peete said. “We just needed to get the game over with and unfortunately, we took the loss.”
However, Peete ensured Peachtree City rebounded from the heartbreaking finish. He pitched three scoreless innings and allowed one hit during his outing. He also collected five strikeouts, including back-to-back punch outs to end the first inning.
Peete’s curveball was dazzling as he worked it on both sides of the plate. He also mixed in a fastball that kept the Idaho team off balanced. They didn’t get their first hit until the fourth inning.
“I love our teammwork, our bonding, how we get together and work hard together,” Peete said.
Peete also left his mark with the bat. He added three of Peachtree City’s 10 hits against Idaho. Peachtree City got early runs as Bo Walker ignited the offense in the second inning. He drove in Jack Ryan to give Peachtree City a 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, Chase Fralick led off with a single and came around to score on a James Hooper RBI single. Fralick would later drive in the final run with an RBI double in the sixth inning. Fralick finished the night going 2-for-4 and led the offense.
Idaho’s best chance to score came in the fourth inning. After collecting a single, Peachtree City was able to induce a 4-3 double play to end the threat.
After the game, Peete was proud of the team’s effort. He said his favorite part was experiencing the field with his teammates.
“The field is the coolest part here,” Peete said. “It is very welcoming.”
In two games in Williamsport, Peachtree City has allowed two runs in 17 innings. They also have started to find a groove after going 4-for-36 against Hawaii. With great pitching and defense, they have a chance to run the table and get back into the winner’s circle.
Peachtree City will now face Texas on Monday night at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN 2. Texas lost to New York 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.