Peachtree City repeats as Little League state champs

Peachtree City repeats as Little League state champs

The 2017 Georgia Little League Champions from Peachtree City are Bryce Alewine, Garrett Arrington, Jayce Blalock, Kaleb Cost, Aaron Gates, P.J. Green, Logan Howard, Trey King, Simon Lewis, Garrett Martin, Joel Sanford, Adams Walls, and Sully White with Ryan Danforth and coaches Jeff White and Bryan Alewine. (Staff Photos by Christopher Dunn)

Peachtree City is back on top of the state. For the third straight season, the squad from PTC has won the Georgia Little League State Championship. The team finished off the title with a 17-7 win over Cartersville Tuesday.

Down to their last chance after losing to Cartersville Saturday, PTC rebounded with a win over Dudley Sunday in the elimination bracket and a 6-4 win over Cartersville Monday to set up the winner-take-all showdown.

The bats came alive early thanks to a 3-run home run by Aaron Gates in the top of the first. Cartersville evened the ledger in the bottom half, but PTC had plenty more runs in store.

Garrett Arrington doubled home a run to take the lead back, and they would not give it up again. Trey King and Jayce Blalock each drove in a run to make it 6-3 in the second.

PJ Green blew the game wide open with a 3-run home run in the third.

Cartersville trimmed the deficit to 9-7 in the bottom half of the fourth, and they got no closer.

King led off the fifth with a solo shot, and the lead ballooned with a 2-run Gates homer, a 2-run Logan Howard bomb, and a 3-run King home run.

Bryce Alewine finished off Cartersville with a 1-2-3 frame for the five-inning victory and another state crown.

Peachtree City moves on to the Southeastern Region Tournament in Warner Robins. They opened up play Friday afternoon against a foe from Virginia.

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Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.