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.
Corbet 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.
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.
The state tournament starts July 20 in Richmond Hill.
The 11-12-year-old All Star softball team from Warner Robins was not as lucky.
With the rain halting the Independence celebration July 3 in Warner Robins, it also stopped play twice for the championship game.
Dudley Little League pulled off the 2-0 win and will head to the state tournament in Columbus.
The two runs came off of bases-loaded walks.
The game resumed after a 30-minute lightning delay in the third inning but was halted for good in the top of the sixth at 9 p.m. due to more lightning and heavy rain, which left puddles near the bases.
Because the teams had played six innings, the game was considered complete, and Warner Robins was forced to concede after almost two hours of waiting for the rain to let up.