With a 2-0 victory over Dudley Little League out of Dublin, Ga., the 10- and 11-year-old All-Stars from Martinez-Evans Little League completed an incredible summer run.
The squad has been simply dominant. They started by outscoring the opposition 50-1 during district play, which included a 33-0 pounding of Elbert County.
The competition level was expected to rise as they entered state tournament play. Even so, they recieved a very tough draw in the opening round as they squared off with the Northlern Little League from Columbus.
They came in as the defending state champions and have a Little League World Series Crown from 2006. It was a hard fought game, but MELL exploded for eight runs in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie and earn the 11-3 victory.
That win gave the team a ton of confidence the rest of the way and it showed. The Columbia County boys went on to reel off four more wins to claim the state title. During the state tournament the team went 5-0 and outscored the opposition 53-11 (103-12 between the District and State Tournaments combined). They became the first Mell All-Star Team to win the 10- and 11-year-old year old state title and just the fifth MELL State Championship Team in any age group (Two of the five came this year, as the 15- and 16-year-old Senior All-Stars won the title this month as well).
In the title game victory, Grant Fuller and Avery Boyd combined to shutout Dudley Little League. Fuller worked 5.1 innings and also doubled in the first inning and pinch runner Antwuan Rolling would scored later in the inning on a wild pitch. The teams second run came on a ground out by Trevor Creagan, which plated Brian Peel who had singled. Fuller and Boyd made the two run hold up and the MELL All-Stars left Peachtree City as state champions.
The team will now head to Greenville, N.C. for the Southeast Regional.
They will face the Virginia state champions at 12:45 p.m. this Saturday.