Editor’s note: The following story is part of a feature called Home Grown in which we take a look at the people and products that have made a name for themselves well beyond our Middle Georgia borders.
A year after the Columbus Northern Little League went to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and won the Little League World Series, Warner Robins pulled off the feat in dramatic fashion.
Dalton Carriker’s walk-off home run in the eighth inning (Little League games last six innings) against Tokyo in the championship game became one of the most memorable in Little League history, televised nationally on ABC (Brent Musberger’s call: “Deep right field! Deep right! It’s over! It’s over! Georgia wins it!”).
Also notable was Warner Robins’ display of sportsmanship after the game, consoling heartbroken Tokyo players in the midst of the celebration. The championship and the community support for the program (Warner Robins won Little League Softball championships in 2009 and 2010) led to Warner Robins landing Little League’s Southeastern headquarters, which opened in 2010 and now hosts the Southeastern Region baseball and softball tournaments.