Bad inning proves costly

By Kevin Eckleberry

July 15, 2014

Everything was going well for Troup County.

Heading into the bottom of the fourth inning of Tuesday’s game against Wrens, Troup County was leading 3-1 as it looked to avoid elimination in the Dixie Youth Baseball 11-12-year-old state tournament.

And then things came unraveled.

With a heavy rain falling, Wrens was able to put 12 runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth, and the game ended at that point because of the run rule.

Wrens walked away with a 13-3 victory to keep its tournament hopes alive, while Troup County finished tournament play with a 2-2 record.

“A half an inning cost us the game,” Troup County coach Andrew Caraway said.

As the conditions worsened, Troup County’s pitchers were unable to find the strike zone in the inning.

The first seven batters in the inning walked, and Wrens was able to score four runs without even making contact.

Wrens then began making contact, with McKinley Newton and Chase Wren coming through with back-to-back RBI hits, and Payne Walden ended the game with a mammoth two-run home run that cleared the outfield fence with plenty of room to spare.

Troup County built an early lead by scoring two runs in the top of the first inning.

Sam West reached on a one-out double, and Sam Yates followed with an RBI triple.

With two outs, Bryce Kurian came through with a double.

Wrens scored one run in the bottom of the second to get within a run, and Troup County extended its lead to 3-1 with a run in the top of the fourth inning.

Cole Crawford led off with a walk and stole second, and he eventually came around to score on an error.

Colton Webb and Kurian also had hits in the inning.

While it was a disappointing ending for Troup County, it had a successful tournament run.

Troup County finished with a 2-2 record, and that included a dramatic 1-0 victory over Brookwood on Sunday.

Webb pitched a complete-game shutout in that game.

“That Brookwood win, that’s one of those wins you’ll remember for a long time,” Caraway said.

Troup County also beat Albany American in the tournament.