WEST POINT, GEORGIA
Pioneer Little League had to beat Warner Robins American Little League twice Wednesday.
And the all-stars from Columbus did just that by winning 6-4 and 11-1 in a doubleheader in the championship at the Georgia Little League 11-12-year-old softball tournament at West Point Little League.
The win puts Pioneer in the Southeast Little League Regional Tournament, which starts July 24 at the Southeastern Regional Little League Headquarters in Warner Robins.
We came from the loser's bracket to be winners, Pioneer manager Chuck Landrum said.
Pioneer pitcher Raelee Weaver struck out seven in the first game and four in the second. Lindsey Sanders started the scoring for Pioneer in the second game with an RBI double in the top of the second. Pioneer opened it up in the third, scoring six runs.
Warner Robins was undefeated going into the championship game. Rylee Lamb started on the mound in both games for Warner Robins. She had three strikeouts in the first game and two in the second.
Warner Robins offense struggled as did its defense in the second game. The defense had only one error in its three previous games. Kaylee Brown had the only run for Warner Robins in the second game when she stole home.
In the first game, Pioneer jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first with a single by Jada Chadwick and never trailed. Sammie Cotton also had two-run single in the opener for Pioneer.
They did exactly what they needed to do, Landrum said.
Kaylee Brown, Jenna Thomas, Sadie Hayes and Rylee Lamb each had an RBI for Warner Robins in the first game. Olivia Brown came in to pitch in both games, and Riley Hickok also pitched in the second game.