Peachtree City’s magical run in the Little League World Series continued in dramatic fashion as they defeated Texas 7-6 on Monday.
After Jansen Kenty blasted a two-run home run to send the game to extra innings, Ben Traxler kept the squad’s dream alive with a game-winning RBI sacrifice fly in the ninth to propel Peachtree City to victory.
“I can’t believe what we did to win this game,” Kenty said. “This was the best game of my life.”
Kenty went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs on the night. He added a double in the first inning prior to connecting the game-tying home run in the sixth. His production helped aid the Peachtree City comeback, after being down 4-0 to Texas.
Texas came out swinging with runs in the second, third and fifth innings. Ryan Selvaggi did the most damage as he went 4-for-4 with three singles. He also crushed a home run that nearly put the game out of reach.
However, Peachtree City started their comeback behind Traxler’s strong relief work. He worked 3 1/3 innings and allowed two runs. He worked his fastball and curveball to strike out six batters on the night.
Peachtree City took advantage as they scored two runs in the fifth inning. Connor Riggs-Soaper and Wills Maginnis added RBI singles to cut into the deficit. An inning later, Tai Peete doubled home Bo Walker and Kenty tied the game with a shot over the left field wall.
“I was saying ‘please let us get the win,’” Kenty said. “I hit the ball and it was just incredible.”
With the game tied, Traxler put the final clamps on the victory. He worked around leadoff trouble in the top of the ninth and brought home Maginnis to end the game. Traxler finished 2-for-4 on the night.
After Maginnis crossed home plate, both players were swarmed by teammates. The win adds another chapter in their storybook season in Williamsport. Peachtree City has already played a 11-inning affair against Hawaii, a nail-biter against Idaho and now an instant classic against Texas.
“We never drop our heads and we always cheer each other on,” Kenty said. “We make sure to try our best.”
Peachtree City will be back in action Tuesday night to face Grosse Pointe, Michigan at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.