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Martinez-Evans Little Leaguers hit the end of the road

Posted: July 27, 2014 - 12:12am
The MELL Americans advanced to the semifinal round of the 2014 Little League Baseball 11-12 state tournament. Front row, left to right: Kohl Chambers, Drew Proctor, Brian Peel, Joshua Melton. Middle row: Antwuan Rolling, Alex Matthews, Grant Fuller, Avery Boyd, Blake Tucker, Preston Price, Camrin Dunbar, Trevor Creagan, John D'Amelio. Back row: Coaches Woodie Melton, Robert Peel, Joe D'Amelio.  Special Photo
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The MELL Americans advanced to the semifinal round of the 2014 Little League Baseball 11-12 state tournament. Front row, left to right: Kohl Chambers, Drew Proctor, Brian Peel, Joshua Melton. Middle row: Antwuan Rolling, Alex Matthews, Grant Fuller, Avery Boyd, Blake Tucker, Preston Price, Camrin Dunbar, Trevor Creagan, John D'Amelio. Back row: Coaches Woodie Melton, Robert Peel, Joe D'Amelio.

Williamsport, Pa. will have to wait another year.

The Martinez-Evans Little League Americans (11/12 team) saw their run at the iconic Little League World Series end in the semifinals of the state tournament on Tuesday with a 10-0 loss to Columbus Northern.

“We ran into a kid who was on,“ said Americans’ manager Robert Peel. “The kid was 6-foot-1, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and just had a devastating curve working.”

The Americans had rolled through Pool B play, besting Franklin County 2-0 on Saturday and winning in come-from-behind fashion, 12-9, over Murphey-Candler on Sunday. Monday night, the Americans took it to the host Warner Robins squad, winning 9-1, earning the top seed out of the pool heading into single elimination play.

The Americans had reached the goal they set back in June when they won Sunday’s game.

“Our original goal we set June 15 was to get to the Final 4 of state and we achieved our goal,” Peel said.

They hoped to go further, but Peel wasn’t disappointed with the effort.

“I’m very proud of them,” said Peel. “They played big-time baseball. We beat Warner Robins, a team that’s been to the Little League World Series and won it in 2007, with probably about 1,000-1,500 of their fans there. And then turn around the next night and you play the other top team in the state of Georgia tradition, which is Northern from Columbus, who won the 2006 World Series. It’s tough to beat tradition two nights in a row sometimes. We had an off night.”

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