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Champs! Northern beats Warner Robins, advances to Regional

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Northern Little League is headed back to the Southeast Regional.

The boys from Columbus survived a sixth-inning scare and beat Warner Robins, 8-7, for the Georgia Little League state championship on Friday.

Warner Robins jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 1, but Northern chipped away. With one run already in in the bottom of the first, Northern scored another on a bases loaded passed ball to make it 3-2.

Northern took the lead for good in the bottom of the third with a three-run frame. With the game tied at three, Zach Foster drove in a run with a fielder's choice, then Ben Sloan drove in another with another fielder's choice.

The Columbus team led 8-5 going into the final inning, but back-to-back home runs from Warner Robins to start the inning made it 8-7. But with the tying run on base, Noah Lee got a flyout to right to end it.

Trent Grantham got the win for 4.2 innings on the mound, striking out four. Noah Lee was two-for-three with a single and a home run, and got the save.

Northern now advances to next week's Southeastern Regional in Warner Robins. The winner goes on to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

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