ATHENS, GA (WTVM) - The Northern All-Stars beat long-time nemesis Warner Robins American West 13-2 in an elimination game on Wednesday to remain in the championship chase in the Georgia state Little League Tournament in Athens.
Sean Desrosier hit a grand slam in the sixth inning as an exclamation point in the victory.
Peachtree City American beat Smyrna 9-6 in the other game of the day to clinch a spot in the finals.
Northern will play Smyrna at 6 pm ET on Thursday with the other spot in Friday's championship game on the line. The winner of Thursday's game will need to beat Peachtree City twice to claim the state title and a spot in the Southeast Regional in Warner Robins.
GEORGIA STATE LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT
Athens Little League
Saturday, July 25
Game 1: Northern 3, Warner Robins American West 2
Game 2: Smyrna 12, Elbert County 10
Game 3: Hart County 18, Cartersville 4
Game 4: Athens 16, Midway Heights 1
Sunday, July 26
Game 5: Peachtree City American 12, Northern 2
Game 6: Warner Robins American West 10, Elbert County 0 (Elbert County eliminated)
Monday, July 27
Game 9: Smyrna 8, Hart County 5
Game 10: Peachtree City American 16, Athens 2
Game 7: Northern 23, Midway Heights 0 (Midway Heights eliminated)
Game 8: Warner Robins American West 20, Cartersville 3 (Cartersville eliminated)
Tuesday, July 28
Game 11: Northern 20, Hart County 8 (Hart County eliminated)
Game 12: Warner Robins American West 8, Athens 7 (Athens eliminated)
Wednesday, July 29
Game 13: Peachtree City American 9, Smyrna 6 (Peachtree City American to finals)
Game 14: Northern 13, Warner Robins American West 2 (Warner Robins American West eliminated)
Thursday, July 30
Game 15: Smyrna vs. Northern, 6 pm (winner to finals/loser eliminated)
Friday, July 31 (Championship)
Game 16: Peachtree City American vs. W15, 6 pm
Saturday, August 1 (Championship)