RICHMOND HILL, Ga. -- Austin Hicks hit a pair of two-run home runs to lead the Northern Little League All-Stars to a 11-4 win over Martinez-Evans on Tuesday night in the Georgia major baseball state tournament.
The victory gives Northern the Pool A title with a 4-0 record. Northern is idle Wednesday and will face the Pool B runner-up in Thursday's semifinals.
In addition to hitting the two homers, Hicks also started on the mound and picked up the win. He went 3 2-3 innings and allowed four runs. Colby Brabston finished the game, shutting out Martinez-Evans over the final 2 1-3 innings.
Northern scored all of its runs in the first three innings -- three in the both the first and second and five in the third.
Trent Grantham hit a three-run homer in the first to give Northern a 3-0 lead.
Ben Sloan scored on a passed ball before Hicks hit the first of his two homers in the second for a 6-1 lead.
Northern blew the game open in the third. Joseph Crowell drove in two with a double, then Brabston doubled him in. Hicks capped Northern's scoring with his second homer.
Cole Pettis went 2-for-3.
Northern outscored its four opponents in pool play by a combined 28-7 score.
Smiths State falls into losers bracket
TROY, Ala. -- Smiths Station lost 6-5 to Enterprise in the third round of the Dixie Youth O-Zone state tournament on Tuesday.
Joseph Wade went 2-for-3 with a homer. Chase Locklar and Carter Duke also had two hits.
Smiths Station falls into the losers bracket. It will play at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Smiths Station beat Saraland 10-3 on Monday.
Ryan Bradley picked up the win.
Hunter Milam hit a homer. Sterling Evilsizer and Collin Harris both had two-out, two-run singles.