By Kevin Eckleberry firstname.lastname@example.org
June 24, 2014
THOMASTON - They found a way.
The Troup National all-stars were trailing by a run and down to their final at-bat in Tuesday’s game against Hogansville, but they rallied for a 5-3 victory to stay unbeaten in the Dixie Youth Baseball 9-10-year-old district tournament.
After pulling even at 3-3 in the top of the sixth inning, Troup National pushed two runs across in the seventh inning to secure the come-from-behind win.
Troup National will try to keep the good times rolling when it faces Troup American at 7 p.m. today, while Hogansville (2-1) will play again on Thursday at 7 p.m.
“We talked about before the game, whatever happens, whatever adversity happens, keep playing until the last out is made,” Troup National coach Charles Mosley said. “They’re a good team. We knew they were going to come out and give us their best shot, and they did. We just had to keep fighting.”
Troup National was trailing 3-2 with two outs in the top of the sixth inning when a Daniel Martin flyball was mis-played, allowing the tying run to score.
In the seventh inning, Andrew Townsend walked with the bases loaded to put Troup National ahead by one, and with the bags still full, Jacob Bearden was hit by a pitch to cap the scoring.
Zack Thompson, who did a terrific job in relief for Troup National, struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to end it.
“I’m proud of all of them,”Mosley said. “They played their butts off tonight.”
For Hogansville, it was a disheartening loss, but the team will get a chance to come back on Thursday and get back on the winning track.
“W just had a couple of errors late that kind of bit us,” Hogansville coach Ron Wilson said. “We had a chance to win it in the sixth and just fell short.”
Trent Brawner, who pitched into the seventh inning, was the tough-luck loser for Hogansville.
“Trent, he pitched a heck of a ballgame,” Wilson said.
For Troup National, Thompson relieved starter Tucker Starling in the fourth inning, and he threw four innings of scoreless ball to get the win.
After a scoreless first inning, Troup National jumped on top with a run in the top of the second.
Brett Haynes led off with a double, and after a Tre Mosley base hit, Starling’s infield base hit plated the game’s first run.
Hogansville tied it with with a run in its half of the second inning.
Mason Wolfe and Houston Wilson each reached on errors, and Justin Yi’s RBI single tied the game.
Hogansville took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the bottom of the third.
Blake Howell got things started with a single, Jaxon Dennis walked, and Tyson Duncan’s sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third.
A Ben Alford RBI double put Hogansville on top 2-1, and Leroy Marsh reached on a fielder’s choice to drive in another run.
Troup National got one of those runs back in the top of the fourth.
The first two batters were retired, but Haynes kept the inning alive with a two-out single.
After Thompson legged out an infield single, Mosley’s RBI single pulled Troup National within a run.
Troup National had runners on second and third, but Brawner got a groundout to escape further damage.
Hogansville threatened to add to its lead in the bottom of the fourth, but with two on and two outs, Thompson made a nice play on a ground ball to keep it 3-2 game.
That’s the way it remained until the top of the sixth.
The inning started harmlessly enough.
The first two batters were retired, and still needing a run to tie it, Troup National had two outs and no one on base.
Chase Williams kept hope alive with a single, and he came all the way around to score when Martin’s flyball was mis-played.
Haynes nearly gave Troup National the lead, but his drive to deep center field was caught by Yi.
In the bottom of the sixth, Hogansville put two runners on, with Jacob Karvelas reaching on an error, and Mason Wolfe singling.
With a runner on third, Lee put a charge into one, but Austin Skiff came up with the catch in left field to end the threat and force extra innings.
In the top of the seventh, Thompson, Mosley and Starling led off with singles to load the bases, and Townsend walked to give Troup National the lead.
With two outs, Bearden was hit by a pitch to bring in the game’s final run.
Hogansville got a one-out single from Yi in the bottom of the seventh, but Thompson struck out the next two batters to end it.