Warner Robins’ Hood: World
Series Title Game
Warner Robins, Ga. defeats Lubbock, Tex. 5-2 in U.S. Championship
for a date with Japan in World Series finale
By Mark Rogoff
Randy Morris, the manager of the Columbus, Ga. team that won the
2006 Little League Baseball World Series title with a 2-1 triumph
over Kawaguchi City, Japan, said the following after the
Series-clinching win about the state of Georgia’s two championship
“That is pretty awesome. Georgia has been here twice and won it.
Maybe we need to try this more.”
Well, the state of Georgia will get a shot to make it 3-for-3.
The Southeast region champs from Warner Robins, Ga. will represent
their state in Sunday’s World Series title game against Japan after
a 5-2 win over Lubbock, Tex. in the United States Final in front of
24,200 fans at Howard J. Lamade Stadium.
David Umphreyville Jr.’s two-run single in the third made it 4-0 and
proved to be the difference.
“I want a repeat,” said Clint Wynn, who earned the victory after
tossing 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball.
“It would mean a lot,” added Umphreyville.
Umphreyville’s third-inning hit capped a rally that started with two
outs and nobody on base. With Georgia already ahead 2-0, Dalton
Carriker led off the inning with a solo homer to center. Kendall
Scott then walked, and Payton Purvis singled to center. After both
runners advanced a base on a wild pitch, Umphreyville singled up the
middle to bring them in.
“It feels great knowing that we’re U.S. champions,” Umphreyville
It was a pair of defensive plays in the fifth inning helped Georgia
preserve the 4-2 lead. Texas loaded the bases on a walk to Max
Randolph, a Gregory Hewett single and a walk to Garrett Williams.
Georgia manager Mickey Lay called on Carriker to relieve Wynn at
that point, and Carriker took care of business…but not without a
With Bryndan Arredondo at the plate, Carriker threw one in the dirt
that got past Scott behind the plate. Randolph raced home from
third, but Scott quickly retrieved the ball and tossed it to the
covering Carriker, who applied the tag for the out. Then with
runners on second and third, Arredondo lined one up the middle that
seemed destined to fall in and tie the game. Shortstop Zane Conlon
dove to his left, though, and snatched it out of mid-air for the
“Uh oh,” Carriker said when he was asked of his thoughts at the
moment the ball came off the Arrendondo’s bat. “If that ball gets
through…there’s a chance they tie it up. So it was a big play.”
“That was one of the greatest plays I’ve seen in a shortstop,” said
Texas manager Ed Thorne.
Williams had cut the Texas deficit in half at 4-2 with a two-out,
two-run homer in the third. He drove a 2-2 offering from Wynn over
the fence – and hedge – in left-centerfield. That marked the first
home run Wynn had allowed in All-Star competition.
Texas would bring the tying run to the plate in the sixth after a
Tyler Thorne leadoff walk and a Taylor Bridges two-out double. Jay
Pendergrass had the chance to play the role of hero, but Carriker
struck him out on a 1-2 breaking ball.
“That last batter I was a little nervous because (Pendergrass) could
have tied it up,” Carriker said.
“Until that last out and last strike, it’s nerve-racking,”
Three straight grounders in the first gave Georgia a 1-0 lead.
Carriker singled up the middle, and Micah Wells reached on a
fielding error by shortstop Arredondo. Wynn came up next, and
grounded one up the middle and through the infield to bring home
Carriker from second.
It appeared that Georgia would add to its lead in the second, when
Umphreyville led off with a triple into the right-field corner. But
Stephen Smith struck out the next three batters to escape the jam.
Carriker made it a 2-0 game in the third, taking an 0-1 offering
from Smith over the wall in centerfield for a solo home run. It was
his third of the Series.
“He’s one of the best ballplayers I’ve seen,” Thorne said of
Carriker. “That kid is an outstanding athlete.”
Carriker and his Georgia squad are set to take on Japan in Sunday’s
finale. Georgia manager Mickey Lay said he will likely start Kendall
Scott on the hill. Scott may not be their No. 1 pitcher, but the
Georgia kids are confident and fired up going in against Japan.
“You can call us the underdog, but we love to beat you,” Wynn said.
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