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Columbus American 9-10s win state Little League championship

Columbus American 10-11s lose in state final

FROM STAFF REPORTS

DECATUR, Ga. — The Columbus American 9-10-year-old baseball team defeated Murphey Candler 13-3 Friday to win the state championship. American didn’t lose a game in the tournament, going a perfect 6-0.

Coach Brent Wright said it was a complete team effort.

“At any point in this tournament, different players stepped up every time,” he said. “We didn’t rely on one or two players. Everyone stepped up at different times. It was truly a team effort from Day 1.”

Wright said American produced balanced scoring throughout Friday’s game.

Seth Shadix earned the win, and Trey Lingo came in to pitch the fifth and final inning of the mercy-rule shortened game. Shadix and Lingo both went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Lingo added a homer. Jason Konfler and Camden Mathis were both 2-for-3.

American advanced to the Tournament of State Champions in Ceredo-Kenova, W.Va., beginning July 31.

The Columbus American 10-11s lost Friday’s final to Warner Robins 5-3.

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