Warner Robins baseball advances to state semifinals

awoolen@macon.comJuly 23, 2013 

Four home runs were the difference for the Warner Robins American Little League all-star baseball team as it defeated Murphey Candler Little League 8-1 on Tuesday in Richmond Hill to stay undefeated in pool play at the state tournament.

Warner Robins finished 4-0 in pool play and will be one of the top seeds in the semifinals, playing at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Manager Brad King said he is looking forward to having Wednesday off after playing four straight days, having outscored opponents 44-4. The only other team that is undefeated in the tournament is Northern Little League from Columbus, the team Warner Robins defeated last year in the championship game to reach the Little League Southeastern Regional tournament.

“It’s been a grind, but we have an off day and we’ll be ready for Thursday,” he said.

Cameron Jones hit a blast over the center-field wall at Richmond Hill Park in the top of the first inning to start the scoring for Warner Robins in Tuesday’s game.

Wade Smith homered in the second to make the lead 2-0. Murphey Candler’s lone run came in the bottom of the second.

“We got off to a slow start,” King said.

Warner Robins hit its stride in the fifth, when Corbert Luna connected on an RBI double followed by a three-run homer by Jeremy Horton to open up a five-run lead.

Tanner Rowburrey had a sacrifice fly to give Warner Robins another run in the fifth.

Jacob Pierce led off the sixth with a solo homer, extending the margin.

“About halfway through, we found our groove,” King said.

Smith, Bennett Wellman and Blake King held previously undefeated Murphey Candler to one run and two hits in a strong pitching effort. They combined for 10 strikeouts.

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