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Columbus Northern, Coastal, Warner Robins and Martinez Evans earn wins on Tuesday
State championship tournament continues in Richmond Hill
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Coastal Little League coaches and players celebrate the team's win over Toccoa on Tuesday afternoon in pool play at the 2012 Georgia Little League state tournament for 10/11 year olds. - photo by Biy Julia Harrison

Perennial Little League powerhouse Columbus Northern improved to 3-0 in pool play Tuesday, knocking off Cartersville 13-0 in four innings on the fourth day of the 2012 Georgia Little League state championship tournament for 10/11 year olds inRichmond Hill.

Host Coastal Little League (2-1) also picked up a win on Tuesday, edging Toccoa 6-3, whileWarner Robins and Martinez Evans National also earned wins.


Columbus Northern compiled 19 hits during its game, with Colby Brabston leading the way with four hits.

Zack Foster, Trent Grantham and Noah Lee had three hits each while Ben Sloan, had two hits and Josh Evans, Cole Pettis , Anthony Torres, Wyatt Milton and Joseph Crowell had a base hit each.

Grantham, Lee, Evans and Brabston took turns on the mound for Columbus Northern, which faces Murphey Candler in Pool 2 play on Wednesday.

Cartersville (0-3) got two hits from Benjamin Ammons and Ian Inaba and a hit each from Juan Guerrero, Blane Belisario, Crawford Taylor and Sabien Lindo. Inaba, Belisario, Taylor and Ammons split time pitching for Cartersville, which plays winless MidwayHeights on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Coastal Little League

The Wildcats’ 6-3 win over Toccoa came after the team fell to unbeaten Athens(3-0) on Sunday and keeps alive its hopes of advancing to the tournament semifinals.

Coastal took a 1-0 lead on a second inning home run by Brandon Schweir, but Toccoa answered on a 3-run home run by Dawson Sorrells.

Jarrett Karnibad drove in Cam Gilky to pull Coastal to within 3-2, then the host team took a 4-3 lead on an RBI hit from Teddy Rovolis. Gilkey drove in Ethan Gentry in the fifth inning and Evan Richardson stole home from third in the sixth for Coastal.

Schweir finished with three hits while Rovolis, Gilkey, Karnibad, Carson Mason, Luke Whetstone and David Stem had two hits apiece. Cam Smith also had a base hit.

Whetstone went the distance for Richmond Hill, surrendering 18 hits while striking out six and walking one.

Toccoa was led by Sorrells, who finished with three hits, and Carson Brock, who also had three hits. Kayden Maxwell, Ben Hobbs, Daniel Brock and Zach Ayers had two hits each for Toccoa while Mason Kimsey, Gabe White and Ty Kellar each had a base hit.

White, Kellar and Aaron Chappelear pitched for Toccoa.

Coastal plays Martinez Evans on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Toccoa (2-2) is finished with pool play.

In other action:

Warner Robins(3-1) finished Pool 2 play on Tuesday with a 9-1 victory over Murphey Candler (2-1).

Corbet Luna got things rolling in the first inning with a home run to left center. Warner Robins added two runs in the third on a hit by Bennett Wellman. The team broke the game open in the final inning, when Ben Gibbs led off with a double and scored on an RBI single from Nick Ayers.

Jacob Pierce hit safely and moved Ayers to third, then Wellman doubled in both runners to upWarner Robins’ lead to 6-0. After Luna was intentionally walked for the third time in the game, Cole Hooks blasted a 3-run home run to giveWarner Robinsa 9-0 cushion.

Murphey Candler’s Alex Gavlak doubled in the bottom of the sixth and moved to third on a wild pitch, then scored on Lior Granath’s base hit. Nate Ford had Murphey Candler’s only other hit, a single in the fifth inning.

Wellman was credited with the win for Warner Robins.

Murphey Candler takes on Columbus Northern at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Also Tuesday:

Martinez Evans (1-2) came from behind in a seesaw battle to beat South Fulton 12-5 in Pool 1 play behind two 2-run home runs from David Fulcher and an eight-run sixth inning.

After Fulcher’s first inning home run put Martinez Evans up 2-0,South Fullton’s Illdya Mattox Jr. singled in a pair of runs to tie the game.

Fulcher homered again in the third for Martinez Evans, but South Fulton’s Noah Williams doubled in Zachary Green in the third and South Fultonadded two more runs in the fourth to go up 5-4.

Martinez Evans broke the game open in the sixth inning. Jake Cook’s two-run base hit put his team up 6-5 and Davis Cook’s sacrifice fly upped the lead to 7-5. After Fulcher was intentionally walked, Will Childers’ hit a line drive to score a run and Zach Thurman walked to score a run. Jackson Rosier added two more runs on a base hit and Martinez Evans also scored a late run on an error.

Mattox homered to left center in the bottom of the sixth for South Fulton, which takes on Athens at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Martinez Evans plays host Coastal Little League at 1 p.m.

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