the north face zermatt All eyes on North State ahead of Saturday LLWS championship game
To play in the World Series final, North State must beat Lufkin, Texas Saturday afternoon.
Just a few days ago, the boys from Greenville handed the little leaguers from the Lone Star State its only loss of the post season, a 2 1 victory in extra innings.
As for who’s pitching for Greenville Saturday, Coach Fields says, “We’ve got Carson Hardee, we’ve got Chase Anderson and Thomas Barrett. The only one not available is Matthew Matthijs, so you know, we’ve got plenty of arms and we’ll decide who’s going to start tomorrow. But we’ve got Matthew sitting there ready for Sunday should we advance to the championship.”
This pitching staff has given up one hit in three games. Championship game Saturday at the Little League World Series.
North State won the extra innings thriller 2 1 Wednesday, sending Texas to the elimination round against Connecticut Thursday night. Texas beat out Connecticut in five innings 14 4.
During Wednesday’s game, the atmosphere at Lamade Stadium was just electric and there were plenty of fireworks on the field.
Carson Hardee hit a first inning home run, Matthew Matthijs struck out 11 straight batters and Thomas Barrett drove in the game winning run in the bottom of the 7th in walk off fashion.
But there’s still work to be done. The Southeast champs were back on the practice field Thursday morning working out and getting set for their next game. The boys from Greenville have Thursday and Friday off, so a second consecutive two day rest period, something this team certainly isn’t used to.
“Last night was a great baseball game,” says Jake Allen, North State assistant coach. “If you are a fan, Texas threw well,
they played defense and swung the bat well, but didnt have good results. Our pitching has been dominant. As a fan, Chase you cant ask for much for. Matthew, was dominant and last night, his performance set him apart from everybody else in this tournament and got the respect he should get after what he’s done in the first two games.”
“All the hard work we’ve put in has paid off here in Williamsport,” says North State pitcher Chase Anderson. “You can’t believe it. Perfect game, no hitter and now a one run game. You can’t believe it.”
“It was crazy,” Drew Fields, a North State outfielder. “Way too close for comfort. I think we could have jumped on that pitcher a little bit sooner, but as long as we come out with the win, I think we are fine.”
Most of the North State players and coaches have said they watched Thursday’s game between Texas and Connecticut.
North State beat Lufkin by a score of 2 1.
The game went into extra innings, tied at one at the end of regulation play. In the bottom of the 7th, with bases loaded, Thomas Barrett hit a grounder, but the ball to home was over thrown, enabling Cash Daniels Moye to score the winning run.
The team will head into the game on two days of rest following consecutive no hitters against teams from South Dakota and California.
Outscoring their opponents 22 0, North State’s head coach says they are going into this game ready to play.
The winner of Wednesday’s game will head to the US finals on Saturday, while the losing team will play again Thursday night.
Sports Director Billy Weaver is in Williamsport as North State continues its Little League World Series journey and will have a full report.