Peachtree City manager: 'I don't think any of us are aware of the scale of what's going on'

Wendy Adams
August 24, 2018 - 11:52 am

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Peachtree City Little League, representing the Southeast, advanced to the next round of the Little League World Series and will face Honolulu, undefeated West Champions, in the U.S. Championship game on Saturday. (3:30 p.m., ABC)

Manager Patrick Gloriod joined John Fricke and Hugh Douglas live from South Williamsport, PA on Friday morning and said this experience has been a whirlwind: 

"I'm having trouble getting [the kids> to sleep at night. It's like having 14 children. I don't think that they realize what's going on; I don't think that I realize what's going on right now. We kind of live in a little bubble up here."

If Peachtree City were to advance, they would take on the International Championship winner (Kawaguchi - Japan Region or South Seoul - Asia-Pacific) in Sunday's Championship game (12:30 p.m.). Manager Gloriod said it's not the kids that have been nervous during this tournament; instead, it's himself and the parents:

"It's been extremely nerve-racking. Every single game has been down to the wire; we've had to come from behind...it's actually a relief once we get into a game and start playing. It seems like a lot of that pressure comes off. It's been pretty crazy."

The team will hit the batting cages today but will mostly relax as they preparation for tomorrow's Championship game. The entire team and their families are planning to attend a festival this evening that the town of Williamsport puts on. 

When asked if his team was aware that all of Atlanta is talking about them, Gloriod simply said:

"Honestly, I don't think any of us are aware of the scale of what's going on."