It might not be a lock every year, but its beginning to feel that way.
At the very least, the teams from Warner Robins American Little League and their fans probably expect to get this far.
The Little League Baseball Southeastern Regional Tournament will be played at Little League Southeast Park the next week, and Warner Robins will have a team right there in the middle of the action trying to get to the World Series.
Representing the Southeast in the World Series has happened twice recently with the Warner Robins softball teams and three times with the baseball teams. The softball teams have won two titles, while baseball has won one.
Could this years baseball team add to that tally? Possibly. The talent appears to be there, and the support certainly will be there the next week in Warner Robins.
Its amazing what has happened with this Little League program the past few years, both on and off the field. The Warner Robins teams have been powerful in making their runs through the regional tournament, and they have been just as impressive at the World Series, going back to that special 2007 baseball team that won in such dramatic fashion.
But what has been as impressive is how the city of Warner Robins has come together to support these teams and how these teams have become part of the fabric of the community. Its special when there is that kind of bond between a town and young athletes like these, and that has been quite visible in Warner Robins the past few years.
Thats likely to continue this week with Warner Robins switching into the Georgia jerseys for the regional tournament and opening play at 7 p.m. on Friday. Georgia also will play at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and after the tournament takes off Sunday, it will play again at 10 a.m. on Monday.
Its a pretty good bet there will be huge crowds at the park for each of those games, and there should be.
This Georgia team is strong, and theres a really good chance it will make it out of pool play and into the semifinals or finals. The team has been that good throughout the all-star season, rolling through district play and then dominating the competition at the state tournament.
The next step is to face the best teams from around the Southeast and see which team will advance to the World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Theres no reason to believe that team wont be the Georgia squad once again. At this point, you almost expect it to happen.
Contact Daniel Shirley at 744-4227 or firstname.lastname@example.org