Hogansville’s run ends

By Kevin Eckleberry

July 15, 2014

WRENS - The tournament run is over, but Hogansville coach Ron Wilson believes the players have built some memories that will last a long time.

Hogansville made a nice run in the Dixie Youth Baseball 9-10-year-old state tournament, but it lost to Norcross 9-7 on Tuesday in an elimination game.

While disappointed his team won’t get a chance to play for a state championship, Wilson believes the past month - which included a second-place finish in the district tournament - has been a special time for his players.

“The friendships and everything that they’ve built this summer being a part of this all-star team, they’ll carry those memories a long time,” Wilson said.

Hogansville and Norcross played a back-and-forth game that wasn’t decided until a Hogansville player was thrown out at the plate to end the game.

“From my side, it looked like he got underneath the tag,” Wilson said. “But the umpire said that he didn’t.”

The game featured a two-run home run from Hogansville’s Nate Lee, but it wasn’t enough.

Still, Wilson said “we had a great time.”

“Dixie Youth probably puts on one of the finest tournaments there is,” Wilson added. “It’s really all about the kids. That’s what I liked best about this week was how much they focus everything on the kids and made it about them.”

While Hogansville’s tournament is over, Troup National is alive and kicking, despite a tough loss on Tuesday.

Troup National carried an unbeaten record into Tuesday’s game against Wrens, and it lost 4-3.

Troup National is still in great shape in the tournament.

The tournament is divided into two eight-team brackets, and there are three teams remaining on Troup National’s side of the bracket, all with one loss.

Two of those teams, Wrens and West Macon, will play today, and the winner of that game will then play Troup National for the right to play for a state title.

The winners of the two brackets will meet in a best-of-three championship series.

Troup National was coming off a 10-4 victory over West Macon on Monday.

In that game, Chase Williams pitched all six innings.

Troup was down 2-0 when it took control with six runs in the second inning.

T.J. Wilkerson had a two-run single in the inning, and Trey Hartley and Andrew Townsend also had RBIs.

Later in the game, Brett Haynes had a two-run, inside-the-park home run.

DIXIE BOYS BASEBALL: If all goes well, the Troup County 13-14-year-old all-star team will return home with a championship trophy in hand tonight.

Troup County will play two games today in Columbus, and if it wins both of them, it will win the Dixie Boys Baseball state championship, and it will earn an invitation to the Dixie World Series.

Troup County will play one game at 6:30 p.m. today against West Georgia, and it will play another game later in the night.

Troup County and West Georgia were supposed to play on Tuesday, but the game was postponed because of rain.

Troup County is 2-0 in the tournament after beating West Georgia and Newton County.