A new team will don the “Southeast” jersey in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. For the first time in LLWS history, Peachtree City will send a team to the annual youth baseball extravaganza.
In front of raucous crowd in Warner Robins, the Peachtree City American Little League squad defeated the Virginia-based Loudoun South American Little League team on Wednesday.
It was their first win after coming close the last four years. A team from Peachtree City lost in the regional championship in 2016 and 2017. This season, they became the seventh Georgia team to make the LLWS and the first state squad since 2011.
Peachtree City cruised to a 3-0 victory behind the arm of starting pitcher Jansen Kenty. The southpaw shutdown the Loudoun South squad with a devastating fastball that reached 75 mph on the radar gun. He threw a complete game shutout and marveled fans with 13 strikeouts.
When he wasn’t overpowering hitters, he used his bat to get the Peachtree City team on the scoreboard. His RBI single was the crucial blow in the three-run third inning to give his team the lead over Virginia.
Tai Peete followed with an infield sacrifice, and Peachtree City tacked on the final run after scoring on a wild pitch from Loudoun starter Chad Yates.
The win pushed Peachtree City’s winning streak to four games.
It was another masterful performance from Kenty in the Southeast Regional. In 11 innings of work, Kenty recorded 26 of his 33 outs via the strikeout. He worked off his fastball and sprinkled in a nice curveball to thwart Virginia and Tennessee. At one point, he struck out five consecutive batters against Virginia. He also added a towering home run to center field earlier in the regional.
The Peachtree City squad now awaits the winner of the West region in Williamsport. They will take the field on August 17 as they continue their epic journey.
To catch all the action in Williamsport, tune into ABC or the ESPN networks. The championship game will be held on August 26 at 3:00 p.m.