Northern Little League All-Stars produce ‘ugly’ win over South Carolina

WARNER ROBINS — Ryan Lang has been to Little League heaven — Williamsport, Pa.

Now, he wants his kid brother, Matthew, to know the joy that is the Little League World Series.

“I hope he gets to see how it feels,” said Ryan Lang, a member of Northern All-Stars 2006 world championship team. “But you can’t look forward to Williamsport, you have got to play every game.”

It is first things first for Matthew and his Northern teammates, who produced an “ugly” 2-1 win on Saturday over South Carolina in the Little League Southeastern Regional.

The Columbus team, the Georgia state champion, will face Alabama champion Huntsville today at noon. The top two teams out of the four-team pool, which also includes North Carolina, will advance to the semifinals on Wednesday at the new regional complex in Middle Georgia.

That game will be televised on ESPN2.

Northern manager Randy Morris was stern with his team in the postgame huddle.

“All we did positive today was win the baseball game,” Morris said. “I know that’s all that counts. I understand that.”

More than 500 fans made the short drive from Columbus to Houston County. Outfielder Jalen Latta said the team could feel the hometown love.

“It’s only an hour and a half,” Jalen said. “It’s just down the road.”

Morris knows if his team can keep winning more, Columbus folks will drive over.

“It will only get bigger,” he said.

Chuck Williams, 706-320-4485