The Martinez-Evans Little League Americans (11-12s) hope to get familiar with Warner Robins, Ga.
The Americans swept through the weeklong District 6 tournament in Master’s City unblemished, finishing with an 8-4 win over Elbert County on Saturday.
The Americans travel to Warner Robins for the state tournament, which begins Saturday. They hope to still be there when the southeast regional begins on Saturday, Aug. 2.
The winner of the southeast regional advances to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., beginning on Aug. 14.
Manager Robert Peel has high hopes for his squad, the majority of whom were on the 2013 10-11 year-old state champion and southeast region runner-up team.
“I think at the 12-year-old age, it’s probably one of the best teams to ever play in the county, probably in the last 10 years,” said Peel.
Peel likes the team’s pitching depth and they enter the state tournament with a single team-oriented goal.
“The kids have been just all about winning and advancing to the next level,” Peel said. “It’s not about what one player has done and the kids have really bought into that.”
In Harris County at the state tournament, the MELL Juniors lost 10-2 to Franklin County on Saturday and were slated to play West Point on Monday night.
Georgia Recreation and Parks Association baseball tournament play was held recently in Savannah, as well as in Augusta.
In Savannah, the Columbia County 9-10 All-Stars lost a close 5-4 contest on July 9 to the Atlantic All-Stars and then were eliminated 18-1 by the Red Sox squad.
Also in Savannah, the 11-12 All-Stars went 1-2 in tournament play. Their first two games were tight affairs. On July 8, the All-Stars dropped a tough 7-6 decision to the Savannah Southside Jaguars after leading 6-5 heading into the bottom of the seventh. The All-Stars rebounded on July 9 to win 7-6, but were eliminated that night by the Jonesboro Braves, 10-6.
In Augusta, the 13-14 All-Stars opened their tournament July 9 by jumping all over Warner Robins, winning 12-0 in five innings. On July 10, the All-Stars gave up seven runs in the third inning and eventually lost to South Augusta 12-10. On July 11, the All-Stars run came to an end with a loss to West Augusta.