Little League roundup: Pioneer 11-12 All-Star softball team wins state title

From staff reportsJuly 16, 2014 

WEST POINT, Ga. -- The Pioneer 11-12 All-Star softball team swept Warner Robins 6-4 and 11-1 Wednesday night to capture the state championship and advance to the Southeast Regional, which will begin July 24 at Warner Robins.

Raelee Weaver, now 7-1 in the District 8 and state tournaments, got the win in both games.

The second game was shortened to five innings by the mercy rule.

In Game 1, Samantha Cotton had two hits and two RBIs. Weaver had two hits and an RBI.

In Game 2, Savannah Landrum drove in two runs. Bean Taylor had three hits. Camden Fuller, Cotton and Weaver each had two hits in win.

Pioneer got a total team effort to work its way through the losers bracket after losing the tournament opener, 4-1, to Warner Robins.

Pioneer then beat West Point 18-0, Elbert County 12-0 and Hart County 11-1 to earn its way into the championship round.

The manager of the team is Chuck Landrum and his assistant coaches are Bo Weaver and Nicky Mallory.

In other action:

•The American All-Stars clinched a berth in the 9-10 state baseball tournament semifinals with a 2-1 victory over Midway on Wednesday night.

William Nobles was the winning pitcher.

Haze Voltz led the way with three hits, and Brooks Parkerson added two.

American will finish pool play at 6 p.m. Thursday against Vine Ingle. That game will decide the No. 1 seed from the pool.

• The Northern All-Stars beat Oconee County 16-2 in the 10-11 state tournament semifinals on Tuesday.

Joey Bialoncik was the winning pitcher. He also had a pair of hits, including a home run.

Chandler Blanton had three hits, including a homer. Conner O'Neal had a pair of hits, including a homer.

Northern played Smyrna at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the state championship.

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