Cole Carter’s one-out single drove in the winning run as the Goodlettsville All-Stars scored twice in the top of the sixth and rallied for a 4-3 victory over San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday in a matchup of the last two unbeaten U.S. teams at the Little League World Series.
It was Carter’s third hit of the game and his fourth of the tournament. He was 1-for-6 in Goodlettsville’s first two victories.
Jayson Brown scored the winning run. Ryan Lyle was the winning pitcher, and Luke Brown, who pitched the sixth, got the save.
“I was pretty nervous,” Luke Brown said. “It was a pretty tough position.”
San Antonio, which was unbeaten since tournament play started this summer at the district level, led twice, the last time after it scored two in the bottom of the fifth. It had the tying run on with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but the game ended when Goodlettsville second baseman Lorenzo Butler fielded a ground ball, tagged the runner and threw to first for a double play.
The first Tennessee team in a quarter century to reach the LLWS, now plays for the U.S. championship on Saturday against either San Antonio or Petaluma, Calif., the last two teams it has beaten. That game is 2:30 p.m. Saturday (ABC).
Jake Rucker opened the sixth inning with a walk and eventually scored the tying run on a throwing error by San Antonio’s catcher.
Goodlettsville trailed 1-0 after the first inning and left two runners on base in both the first and the second. It went ahead for the first time when Jayson Brown and Brock Myers hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the third. Myers’ home run was his third in as many LLWS games and his fourth in the last six contests overall.
Goodlettsville out-hit San Antonio 10-7 and left at least one runner on base in every inning, including three in the top of the fifth. It stranded 11 runners in all, nearly twice as many as San Antonio (six).