Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue pulling hard for Columbus Little Leaguers in World Series

chwilliams@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 27, 2010 

— Some official state business may have to wait this afternoon.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has been watching the Northern all-stars this week in the Little League World Series and he intends to catch part of the game this afternoon.

Georgia and Hawaii meet at 2 in an elimination game that will be televised on ESPN. The winner will meet Texas tomorrow afternoon in the United States championship game.

"I got it recording," Perdue said Friday morning. "But I am going to try and find a way to sneak a few peeks."

He has been following this team closely.

"I watched them win over Ohio, and, unfortunately, I was watched last night," Perdue said.

Northern lost 7-4 Thursday night to force the loser-go-home game today.

Perdue called the 12 Columbus players and their coaches Randy Morris and Donnie Coulter "great ambassadors" for the state.

"I know they are local teams from local communities, but they really are representing the state," Perdue said.

Perdue points to Columbus and Warner Robins as baseball hotbeds that are putting the state on the map. Northern won the Little League World Series in 2006 and Warner Robbins followed the next year. The Warner Robins girls have won the last two world softball championships.

"Georgia is building quite a reputation throughout the United States," Perdue said. "It is good for them and it is good for our state."

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