WRALL softball advances to Southeast Region final

Attendance for the first day of school in Houston County will be a few pupils shy. The Warner Robins American Little League softball team isn't coming home yet.

Melissa Cox doubled home three runs in a five-run third inning as WRALL rallied for a 8-2 win over Virginia in a semifinal game of the Little League Southeast Region at Mitch Stadium in Ceredo-Kenova, W.Va., Monday. Team Georgia will face either Florida or Tennessee Tuesday at 11 a.m. The winner of that game earns a berth in the Little League World Series in Portland, Ore.

Georgia fell behind 2-1 when Virginia scored twice in the top of the third inning. It marked the first time in 22 tournament innings that the team from Warner Robins found itself trailing.

It didn't trail long.

Kaylee Albritton drove in the lead run when she coaxed a bases-loaded walk off Virginia starter Sarah Ing. Sydney Barker popped to Ing for the second out, but Cox followed with her big hit on a 3-2 pitch.

Albritton, Barker and Avery Lamb each pitched two innings for WRALL. As a result, Georgia will have its full compliment of pitchers available for the championship game. Little League softball rules require a day of rest only when a pitcher throws more than two innings in a day.