Georgia pitcher throws one-hitter in win over Arizona
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Kyle Carter has put Columbus, Ga., in a perfect position to advance.
Carter threw a one-hitter and homered as Columbus remained unbeaten in Pool A play at the Little League World Series with a 4-1 victory over Phoenix.
Winning for the second straight day, Columbus (2-0) moved within one victory of guaranteeing itself a spot in the elimination round. The Georgia team will close pool play Tuesday against Lemont, Ill.
"We're in the spot we want to be in," Columbus manager Randy Morris said.
Carter (2-0), who picked up a win Saturday with a scoreless inning in a 3-2, seven-inning victory over Staten Island, N.Y., struck out nine and walked two in six innings. The only hit was an infield single by Shaun Chase leading off the fourth.
In seven innings so far in the LLWS, Carter has struck out 11 while walking two.
"When Kyle's pitching [great], he strikes out a lot of kids," Morris said.
Said Phoenix manager Thomas E. Kingery: "We're facing better pitching than we've ever had."
Carter's only other blemish was his three wild pitches, including one in the third that allowed Phoenix (1-1) to score.
Carter homered in the top of the third to open the scoring. It was the seventh homer in 12 at-bats to that point for the 12-year-old.
J.T. Phillips hit a solo shot in the fourth and Patrick Stallings added an RBI single during a two-run sixth for Columbus.
"I knew a [fastball] was coming," Phillips said of his home run, which snapped a 1-1 tie. "I was ready for it."
Chase Knox (0-1) gave up two runs and five hits in five innings for the loss.
Phoenix will look to remain in contention for one of the two qualifying spots from Pool A when it faces Staten Island on Tuesday.