WR champions visit White House

After nearly a year of waiting, the girls of summer finally got an invitation from the White House.

Tuesday morning, seven members of the 2009 Little League Softball World Series championship team from Warner Robins American Little League flew in a rented private jet. Four others drove to Washington, D.C., with their families.

The 11 girls and coach Patti Carriker met with President Barack Obama in the afternoon.

Carriker said overall the trip was smooth.

“They had a good time,” Carriker said.

Meeting the president “was amazing. It didn’t seem real,” said Sydney Barker, who is an upcoming ninth-grader at The Westfield School in Perry.

Barker said the team toured the White House and visited the Blue Room, Green Room, Red Room and East Hall. Ashley Killebrew said her favorite part was touring the rooms.

“It was humongous,” Killebrew said of the White House.

She also made a prediction to the president that she would be back to see him when the team won the World Series again.

Five of the girls are on the team again this season and had to be back for the start of the Little League Softball Southeastern Region Tournament. Teams arrive Wednesday for photos and a banquet. Tournament play starts Thursday at 10 a.m. at Little League Southeast Park, located on Snellgrove Drive in Warner Robins. WRALL opens against South Carolina on Thursday at 1 p.m.

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