Trailing by one and down to its final out Monday in a Little League Baseball Southeast Region semifinal game against Georgia, Loudoun South needed to deliver in the clutch to earn a spot in Wednesday's regional final.
Chase Obstgarten proved up to the task. With two runners on and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Obstgarten belted a 3-1 pitch deep into right field for a triple that scored Noah Culpepper and Matt Coleman for a thrilling 6-5 victory in Warner Robins, Georgia.
The Virginia State Champions Loudoun South Little League improved to 3-0 in the Southeast Region tournament and moved within a victory of punching its ticket for the Little League World Series.
Loudoun South will play the winner of Tuesday's game between Georgia and South Carolina for the Southeast Region championship Wednesday at 3 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.
In Monday's semifinal win - televised on ESPN2 - Loudoun South scored four runs in the first three innings and carried a 4-2 advantage into the sixth inning. Justin Lee homered in the first inning - his third home run in the last two games.
Brady Yates delivered a quality start for Loudoun South - limiting Georgia to just two runs through the first five innings. Yates was aided by several solid defensive plays by his teammates.
With Yates nearing his maximum pitch count of 85, Obstgarten entered in relief with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth. Georgia scored three runs with two outs in the frame to take its only lead of the game.
Facing a deficit for the first time, Loudoun South's first two batters reached to start the bottom of the sixth. Chase Triplett reached on a fielding error and Michael Bowden hustled down the line for an infield single to start the rally that Obstgarten completed with his two-run triple.