With one mighty swing, Jayce Blalock made the national sports media sit up and take notice.
In Sunday’s 14-2 romp over South Carolina in the Little League Baseball Southeast Regional Tournament, the slugger for the Peachtree City squad took the words right out of the ESPN announcer’s mouth and bruised a baseball in the process.
Recounting his talk with the Peachtree City coaches, the announcer said, “They said he could hit it into the trees (beyond the left field wall). Now if he hit it that far, that’d be amazing.”
No sooner than he finished that thought, the ping of the bat signaled Blalock had crushed the ball into those same trees for a grand slam, a titanic blast that they estimated at flying 375 feet. The clip quickly made the rounds of every major sports media outlet touting Blalock’s prodigious strength.
The PTC squad is still rolling in the tournament, with their sights set on a berth in the Little League World Series. Next up was a Tuesday afternoon showdown with the Tennessee squad that knocked them out last year. The winner advances to Wednesday’s championship game against North Carolina, the victor moving on to World Series in Williamsport.