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WR Little Leaguers begin state tournament play later this week

Warner Robins American Little League's 11- and 12-year-old all-stars, the defending world champs who swept through the local tournament in Macon earlier this month, begin play at the state playoffs in Decatur on Saturday.

In the nine-team tournament, Warner Robins, in Pool A, plays four games — one against each all-star squad in its pool.

Warner Robins meets Rabun County at 3 p.m. Saturday, then plays Murphey Candler at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Warner Robins faces the 2006 world-champion Columbus Northern squad at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, then plays the Little League District 6 champions from the Augusta area on Wednesday, July 23 at 7 p.m.

"We've got five teams in our pool so we get to play four games. The other pool has four teams in it so they've only got to play three games," Warner Robins coach Tom Nauss said.

The top two teams from each pool advance to the semifinals, where one winner will move on to the regionals next month in St. Petersburg, Fla.

"We're gonna be all right. We go up there and play our game, we'll be competitive," Nauss said. "We'll be ready."

Games are at Shoal Creek Park on Glenwood Road. From Macon take Interstate 75 north to I-675 to I-285. Then go east on I-285, crossing over I-20 on Atlanta's east side. Take the Glenwood Road exit (Exit 44) and go west, inside the perimeter, about two miles to Shoal Creek Park.