Warner Robins softball advances to state

awoolen@macon.comJune 30, 2014 

The Warner Robins American Little League West All-Stars won the District 5 11-12-year-old tournament Monday.

ANGELA WOOLEN — The Telegraph

WARNER ROBINS -- Roger Stella Jr. seemed to be in a familiar position of holding a banner at the end of a championship game.

But the manager said this win felt like it was the first time he was holding that banner.

His team, the Warner Robins American Little League West 11-12-year-old all-star softball team, defeated the Warner Robins East team 10-2 on Monday to earn a spot in the state tournament, which starts July 12 in West Point.

“It’s completely different,” said Stella, who managed the Little League Softball World Series championship team in 2010.

Stella said it was difficult to face the other team from his league in the championship game.

His youngest daughter, Raegan Stella, plays on his team. Another daughter, Sierra Stella, was on Warner Robins’ championship teams in both 2009 and 2010.

Another younger sibling of a former Warner Robins all-star, Rylee Lamb, made a name for herself as she pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts.

The advice from older sister Avery Lamb? “Don’t put as much pressure on yourself,” Rylee Lamb said.

Going into the championship game, though, Rylee Lamb admitted she was nervous.

“She handled it well,” her father, Scott Lamb, said.

Bobby Poff started the scoring in the top of the first inning with a two-RBI single. Jenna Thomas followed with a bases-loaded triple for a 5-0 lead.

Of the 13 players on the Warner Robins West roster, 10 of the girls are just 11 years old.

“We’re super young,” Roger Stella said.

For now, he was going to let his girls relish the spotlight before getting back to work in the short amount of time before the state games.

“We have got some work to do,” he said.

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