Peachtree City's Little League team begin quest for Little League World Series

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Peachtree City’s Little League team got a big sendoff Wednesday as they left town to defend their Southeast National title and a chance to compete again in the Little League World Series.

Last year’s team went all the way to the Little League World Series and was U.S. Runner-Up. This year’s team, a different set of guys, left for the Southeastern Regional Championship Series and like all previous teams from here left in style with a police escort all the way to Warner Robbins.

A regional win would send Peachtree City back to the Little League World Series for a second straight year. FOX 5’s Doug Evans asked the coach if the 12-year-olds were feeling that pressure

“If there is that kind of pressure, they are not showing it on the field,” said Coach Esteban Maldonado.

Before they left Peachtree City, police Chief Janet Moon presented the boys with the department’s challenge coins. Her pep talk last year paved the way to a successful Regional appearance.

And speaking of tradition, Tuesday night FOX 5 News was there as the team celebrated at their lucky kid-friendly watering hole Mike and C’s in Peachtree City, which has also become part of the checklist for World Series-bound teams.

Maybe the parents were more emotional than the guys during Wednesday’s goodbyes. The coaches take over from here.

Then the trip down to Warner Robbins where this year’s team will have to make its own mark.

The first game for Peachtree City is this Friday at 7 o’clock against West Virginia.