WARNER ROBINS -- The Warner Robins American Little League West 11-12-year-old All Stars defeated Vine Ingle 17-3 on Friday in the District 5 baseball championship game.
By winning the game, which was shortened to four innings because of the run rule, Warner Robins advances to the state tournament.
Despite holding a 17-0 lead, pitcher Corbet Luna admitted he was a little nervous.
Its the championship game, he said.
Luna had nine strikeouts on 84 pitches. He was headed for a no-hitter, but it was broken up by Josh Bevills three-run homer with two outs after Luna walked Bryant Beall and Benjamin Ryle.
Warner Robins third baseman Blake King was 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI.
Its awesome, he said about winning the championship.
King was part of the 10-11 District 5 team that was the runner-up at the state tournament last year. He said the coaches told the players to score runs and play defense, and the players responded.
Luna was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and two RBI.
Manager Brad King said the team wasnt expecting such a large margin of victory against Vine Ingle, which had five errors.
I told them to put the ball in play to see what we can do, and it worked for us, he said.
Warner Robins held a 1-0 lead after the first inning, but the hitting opened up in the second. A double by Zach Lassiter started the scoring and Blake King and Luna had two doubles with two RBI each to make it 7-0.
Luna retired the next three batters, and Warner Robins added four more runs on a triple by Cameron Jones, who had two RBI, another double by Blake King and a double by Cole Hooks in the third.
Back-to-back doubles by Ben Gibbs and Lassiter led off the fourth. Bennett Wellman reached on double on a dropped ball in center field to add two more runs. Jason Wester rounded out the scoring, getting hit with bases loaded.
Were a strong hitting team, Brad King said.
The state tournament starts July 20 in Richmond Hill.