Northwood Little League is one victory away from representing South Carolina in the Little League Baseball World Series.
Terrence Gist’s two-out single in the top of the sixth inning scored Ryan Chapman to give Northwood a 5-4 victory over Keystone (Fla.) Little League Tuesday in the Southeast Regional in Warner Robins, Georgia.
Taylors-based Northwood advances to Thursday’s regional championship game, scheduled for 5 p.m. on ESPN2 against the winner of Wednesday’s elimination game between Florida and Mechanicsville National (Va.) Little League (3 p.m., ESPN).
The regional champion will move on to the Little League Baseball World Series Aug. 20-30 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
After Florida tied the score with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, Northwood’s Bradley Lewis led off the top of the sixth with a single.
One out later, Gist bounced a single over the head of the second baseman, and Chapman, a pinch runner for Lewis, came around to score the go-ahead run.
Lewis, who took the mound in the fifth, got the last three outs to preserve the victory.
“They just never give, never give up, keep playing hard every inning, every inning,” Northwood manager Kevin Tumblin told ESPN after the game. “That’s who they are. That’s who they’ve been all year.”
Northwood broke on top in its half of the third inning. David Mershon led off with a double to left, and one out later, Alex Edmondson hit an opposite-field home run over the right-center-field fence.
Florida scored two runs in the bottom of the third, but Northwood regained the lead in the fifth.
With one out, Gist doubled and Edmondson was walked intentionally. With two outs, Braden Golinski smacked a two-run double over the head of the center fielder to make it 4-2.
Braden Buffington started for Northwood. He pitched 31/3 innings, allowed two runs, struck out six and walked one. Edmondson got the last two outs of the fourth inning, and Lewis relieved Edmondson in the fifth and earned the victory.
— Michael Burns (@MikeNearGreer) August 11, 2015