WARNER ROBINS -- Kody Winner pitched a no-hitter for the Warner Robins American Little League West team against Warner Robins East on Saturday in a 19-0 victory in the District 5 championship.
Winner recorded five strikeouts and walked one in the four-inning game. Leyton Pinckney keyed the offensive outburst with nine RBI. He was 4-for-4 with a double and three home runs.
Even through the West jumped to a 4-0 lead after the first inning, manager Martin Pinckney didn’t relax.
“They scored 20 runs (Friday) night, so we knew they could explode at any moment,” he said.
The West scored in the first on two two-run home runs, one by Leyton Pinckney and one by Jackson Will.
In the top of the second, the East couldn’t get a desperately needed final out as the West scored 11 runs with two outs.
Leyton Pinckney added his double and a three-run home run in the inning. Winner, Chase Padgett, Justin Jones and Reggie Ling all added RBI. Logan Morris was the starting pitcher for the East, and Darius Clarington came in after Pinckney’s homer.
After two innings, the West led 17-0.
Trevor Bruno came in to pitch in the third for the East and gave up another homer to Pinckney.
Dillon Toms, who was on last year’s Little League Southeastern Championship team with Morris, came in to pitch after catching the whole game the previous night. Toms gave up two hits but made a diving catch on a Tyler Mayfield pop up to end the top of the fourth.
Toms also got the walk in the bottom of the fourth to end Winner’s bid for a perfect game.
“The score is not indicative of how good we are,” East manager Jason Ring said. “It’s a tough loss.”
West leadoff batter Padgett was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI. Tee Adams was 2-for-4 with two walks.
The West will travel to Murphey Candler Little League to face Murphey Candler at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday for its first game of pool play in the state tournament.
“We’ll let them celebrate (Saturday and Sunday), and we’ll put things back into perspective,” Martin Pinckney said.