Little League

After more than a decade, WRALL softball All Stars won’t go to state

The Warner Robins American Little League softball team fell short in the Georgia District 5 tournament held at Western Little League June 29-July 2.

The 11- and 12-year-old WRALL all-star team had been to the state tournament for more than 10 consecutive years.

WRALL was swept in both games by the all-stars of Western Little League in Macon, losing 5-2 in the first game June 29 and 4-3 in the July 2 championship.

“It’s hard,” said WRALL manager Chuck Dagley, whose daughter Presley played on the team.

For some, it was their last opportunity to go to the Little League Softball World Series. For others, it was a chance to learn the competition for next year.

Neil Whitaker’s daughter Megan was upset after the game, but she was over the disappointment by the next day.

“She just turned 12, so it wasn’t in her mind long,” he said.

Now the family is attending the boys’ district games, and Megan is cheering for her baseball counterparts.

Dagley said most of the girls who play at WRALL also play on travel ball teams, so softball season isn’t done.

“We’re going to continue to play ball and put this behind us,” he said.

The state tournament starts July 14 in Rabun County.

Dagley said he will support whichever team makes it from state to the Little League Softball Southeastern Regional Tournament, held in Warner Robins.

Because Western is from District 5, he is rooting for them but will cheer on whomever wins for Georgia.