Georgia Feeling Just Peachy After Latest
Lefty Kyle Carter Shuts Down Arizona to Help Georgia
to 2-0 Record
By Mark Rogoff
(Ga.) Northern Little League Kyle Carter is quite the pitcher, and
may be the best hurler at the 60th Little League Baseball World
Series after tossing a complete-game, one-hitter in a 4-1 win over
Arizona in front of 14,695 Little League supporters.
He tossed 13 shutout innings over three appearances in the Southeast
Regional tournament, and Saturday tossed one inning of shutout
relief against Mid-Island Little League of Staten Island, N.Y., in
his World Series debut.
Sunday at Howard J. Lamade Stadium Carter made his first start,
taking the mound against Arizona in Pool A play in hopes of helping
his Georgia mates and extend that scoreless innings streak.
“Absolutely, without a doubt, that’s the best we’ve seen,” said
Arizona manager Tom Kingery.
Carter, who last gave up a run during the Georgia State Tournament
in Augusta, struck out nine, walked two and threw three wild
pitches, two of which led to that lone Arizona run.
Carter’s game plan going in Sunday was simple: “Throw strikes and
keep it low and away from the good hitters.”
He did just that. Shaun Chase’s lead-off single to right in the
fourth was the only hit allowed by the 5-foot-9, 137-pounder.
Carter helped his own cause with a solo homer in the third that
broke open a scoreless game. He belted a 2-2 hanging breaking ball
from Chase Knox halfway up the hill in right-centerfield.
Arizona did come right back to tie it at 1-1 in the bottom half of
the third. Justin Hyden reached on a fielding error to lead off the
inning. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, and to third on a Max
Harden groundout. Hyden then scored on a Carter wild pitch.
J.T. Phillips’s solo homer in top half of the fourth made it 2-1 and
proved to be the difference.
“I just knew he was coming with a fastball,” said Phillips. “I was
ready for it, and I hit it.”
Carter had to work out of trouble in the bottom of the fourth
following the Chase’s hit and a one-out walk to Sam Kingery. After
Chase advanced to third on an errant pick-off attempt at second
base, Carter got pinch hitters David Hulls to strikeout and Connor
Kelly to pop out on a bunt attempt.
Patrick Stallings and Brady Hamilton both had RBI singles in the
sixth to make it a 4-1 game.
Georgia improved to 2-0 with the win and put itself in the driver’s
seat to get out of pool play.
“I feel a whole lot better than if we were 0-2,” said Georgia
manager Randy Morris, whose team is now 17-0 this tournament season
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