In the first day of play at the Georgia Softball Little League Tournament, the Warner Robins American Little League team earned a victory.
The 11-12 year old district 5 champions from WRALL won 4-1 Saturday against Pioneer Little League of Columbus.
The tournament is being held at West Point Little League in West Point, Georgia.
Olivia Brown led the scoring for Warner Robins, going 2-3 with two RBI. Kaylee Brown was 2-3 with a run scored and Ashley Ringer was 1-3 with a bunt single.
After leading 1-0 going into the third inning, Pioneer tied it up at one with a solo home run in the top of the inning.
Warner Robins answered with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the third.
Sadie Hayes scored on a catchers indifference to put Warner Robins in the lead. Olivia hit a ball to the fence which scored two runs.
Our girls really stepped up, said manager Roger Stella.
Rylee Lamb pitched six innings and gave up three hits, walked three and struck out seven.
Rylee was also walked during the third inning to load the bases.
Pioneer was a great challenge for our girls, Stella said.
Rylee gave the team a bit of a scare from the pitchers circle in the top of the sixth, walking the first two batters. An error loaded the bases with one out but Rylee managed to have a big strikeout and the next batter flew out to right field.
Her father, Scott Lamb, said the defense stepped up to the challenge.
We really bowed our neck, he said.
The next game for WRALL will be Sunday at 1 p.m. against Elbert County.
Western Little League 9-10 year old All Stars of Macon will face West Point Little League Sunday at 1 p.m. for its first tournament game.