For the second time in two games, the Southeast Region Champions from Peachtree CIty American Little League battled into extra innings, but this time they came out on top.
Rallying with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on Monday night at Howard J. Lamade, Peachtree City Little League walked off with a 7-6 victory over Post Oak Little League, the Southwest Region Champion. The game was tied at six with the Southeast batting in the bottom of the ninth inning when Ben Traxler’s sacrifice fly down the right-field line scored Wills Maginnis with the winning run.
The Southeast team collected 10 hits in the come-from-behind win. Earlier in the tournament, the West Region Champions from Honolulu (Hi.) Little League had rallied against the Peachtree City Little Leaguers, winning an 11-inning affair with a walk-off two-run home run.
In this matchup, Post Oak Little League scored two runs in the top of the fifth, but the Southeast plated two runs of their own. The Southwest Region winners scored when Ryan Selvaggi homered on a 2-2 count, scoring two runs. The Southeast champs answered when Connor Riggs-Soper singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run and Wills Maginnis singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
Tai Peete and Jansen Kenty each drove in runs in the sixth-inning resurgence. Kenty’s two-run blast keyed the rally.
Traxler earned the mound win for Southeast. He lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and two runs, while striking out six, and walking one.
Richie Klosek took the mound loss for Southwest team. He went 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on one hit, striking out two, and walking one.
Riggs-Soper started the game for Southeast. He allowed six hits and four runs over 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven, and walking zero. Kaleb Rook started the game for Southwest. He allowed six hits and two runs over five innings, striking out five, and walking one.
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