Warner Robins knocks off Vine Ingle

awoolen@macon.comJuly 5, 2013 

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.

“It’s 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 Bevill’s 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.

“It’s 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 wasn’t 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.

“We’re a strong hitting team,” Brad King said.

The state tournament starts July 20 in Richmond Hill.

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