New Tampa Little League is one win from the World Series.
Relying on powerful bats and clutch relief pitching from Conor Grady, New Tampa rallied for a 12-6 win over Alabama on Wednesday night to move into the Southeastern regional final.
New Tampa plays Warner Robins, Ga., at 8 p.m. Friday on ESPN for the right to advance to this month's World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.
Entering the game with his team trailing 6-4 in the third inning, Grady retired all 12 batters he faced. He struck out the side in the fourth and fifth innings, and finished with eight strikeouts.
New Tampa took the lead in the fourth. Grady singled, Jeff Guttentag walked, and Eddie Thinger singled to load the bases with no outs. Grady scored on a wild pitch, Ethan Thomas walked to force in a run to tie it at 6, and Clayton Coringrato doubled off the wall in right to score two more.
Bryce Martin (solo) and Grady (three-run shot) homered in the sixth to put the game away.