SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Warner Robins American edged the Northwest champions 3-2 at the Little League World Series this afternoon, advancing to Thursday's semifinals with an umblemished all-star season record.
The Georgians have now won 18 in a row and will be among the final four U.S. teams standing when semifinal action picks up later this week.
Robins will play Thursday at 8 p.m. against the loser of Tuesday's West-Southwest contest.
Warner Robins trailed the Northwest squad 2-1 after two innings and the score stayed that way until the top of the sixth.
Visiting Warner Robins got its first batter of the frame, Kyle King, aboard when a pitch hit his foot. King took second and third on wild pitches. After a strikeout, Jake Farrell drew a walk and swiped second. With Jeremiah Stephens at the plate, two pitches skipped past the Northwest catcher, allowing King to score on the first one and Farrell to slide home with the go-ahead run.
Robins relievers Hunter Phillips and Cortez Broughton closed it out to preserve the win.
Warner Robins out-hit the Northwest 7-2, but couldn't push many runs across as the Washington team's starter, a curve-flinging lefty, kept Georgia batters off balance for five innings.
Justin Jones singled twice for Warner Robins and Blake Jackson smacked two hits, but neither of the two players at the top of the Robins order scored a run on the day.
Stephens, Georgia's starting catcher, singled in Kal Dempsey to put Robins up 1-0 in the second. Farrell and King singled in the fourth but didn't score.