Warner Robins survived a series of Florida rallies and advanced to the Little League Softball World Series for the first time since 2002 with a 9-8win in the championship game of the Southeast Region tournament on the campus of Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., on Tuesday.
WRALL shortstop Carson Carriker delivered the decisive hit when she tripled home two runs in the top of the fifth inning to put Georgia ahead 9-7.
Georgia held leads of 3-0 and 7-2 before Windermere, Fla., finally tied the game 7-7 in the bottom of the fourth inning. After Carriker's hit, Floridarallied again to cut its deficit to 9-8. Florida loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Warner Robins pitcher Sydney Barker got aline drive out to second baseman Caitlin Parker for the second out. Barker then fanned the final Florida batter.
The two teams played a 1-0, eight-inning thriller during pool play. But while that game was about good defense and clutch pitching, in the titlegame the hitters had their due. The teams combined for 23 hits. Neither team's pitching staff retired the other's side in order.
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The World Series runs Aug. 13-19 in Portland, Ore.