WARNER ROBINS -- Leyton Pinckney hit a two-run home run in the first inning for the Warner Robins American Little League West all-star team in the teams district tournament opener Saturday, and the team never looked back.
Warner Robins West won 14-1 in four innings over Western Little League to conclude the first day of action at the seven-team, double-elimination Georgia District 5 tournament.
Pinckney went 2-for-3, adding a double to his home run, and also pitched for a third of an inning.
Also having home runs were Chase Padgett, who had a two-out grand slam in the top of the fourth, and Cody Winner, who hit the ball over the left-field fence to score three in the top of the second.
We were fortunate we made some runs early, manager Martin Pinckney said.
Warner Robins led 5-0 after one inning, 8-0 after two and 10-0 after Conner Bookouts two-run double in the third.
Winner started as the pitcher for Warner Robins West, getting a strikeout. Tyler Mayfield came on in relief and had three strikeouts.
Tee Adams made two good plays at first, jumping in the air for one and catching a ball behind his back in foul territory for another.
Western didnt score a run until the bottom of the fourth, when Colby Sylvia connected on a sacrifice to score Seth Payne, who reached base when he was hit by a pitch.
Pinckney said he graded the game as a B.
We didnt hit the ball as hard as we could throughout our lineup, he said.
Warner Robins West will face Dudley Little League, which beat Macon 23-1 on Saturday, at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Macon and Western will meet at 6 p.m. on Sunday in an elimination game.
Pinckney watched part of the Dudley game to get a sense of what to expect.
They have good, solid hitters, he said.
Warner Robins East will open tournament play at 1 p.m. on Sunday against Vine Ingle, which beat West Macon 26-0 on Saturday. West Macon will face the Dudley-Warner Robins West loser at 6 p.m. on Monday.