WARNER ROBINS -- In a game that decided a spot in the state Little League baseball tournament, Dylan Franks only had to pitch the ball 49 times.
Franks threw a four-inning no-hitter as the 11- and 12-year-old West All-Stars from Warner Robins American Little League defeated Vine Ingle 12-0 on Wednesday to win the District 5 title.
I just wanted to win, said Franks of his pitching.
With temperatures in the 90s at game time, the team from Warner Robins kept its cool. Besides keeping the Vine Ingle bats quiet, Franks went 2-3 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.
We finally started hitting the baseball, Warner Robins manager Mark Knight said.
Knight is giving the team a few days of rest before starting state tournament practice Sunday.
Warner Robins will host the state tournament, which begins July 19. WRALLs first game will take place at 1 p.m. on July 20.
Having the tournament in Warner Robins, Knight said, will make it easier on the players and their parents.
Franks also said he liked the chance to play in front of the home crowd.
It makes me more comfortable, he said.
Jayden Chance had a solid day hitting, going 2-for-4 with two doubles. He also scored twice.
It feels good to be district champs, he said.
WRALL East 14, Dudley 8
A team effort led the 10- and 11-year-old East All-Stars from Warner Robins American Little League to the District 5 title.
Playing at home, Warner Robins had to beat Dudley twice in a row after coming through the elimination bracket following a 4-3 loss to Dudley on Sunday. Warner Robins beat Dudley 3-2 on Tuesday to force the extra game.
They just came out and hit the ball, said Warner Robins manager Mike Davis, who added the Dudley organization was first class.
Garrett Davis, the starting pitcher for Warner Robins, was all smiles after the win.
I struggled a little, but we kept drilling the ball on offense, Davis said.
The state tournament for the 10- and 11-year-olds begins July 12 in Cartersville.