Columbus Northern took an early lead and held off Warner Robins American West 3-2 in the state 11-12 Little League baseball tournament in Athens.
Warner Robins will play Elbert County at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Elbert County lost 12-10 to Smyrna.
Columbus put two singles and two walks together for two runs in the first, and got what proved to be the winning run on two singles, a walk and a fielder’s choice in the second.
Warner Robins got on the board in the fourth on Carter Fink’s bases-loaded walk. Then Jeremy White belted a one-out solo homer in the fifth to make it 3-2.
Fink stroked a two-out double to center in the top of the sixth, but Warner Robins couldn’t push him home for the tie.