COLUMBUS - When Troup County came to the plate in the top of the third inning of Saturday’s state-tournament game against West Georgia, it was facing a 3-1 deficit.
By the time Troup County was done hitting in the inning, it had a nine-run lead.
Troup County scored 11 runs in the third inning to turn a close game into a laugher, and it went on to claim a 15-4 win in the Dixie Boys Baseball 13-14-year-old state tournament.
Troup County didn’t play on Sunday, and it will try to move a step closer to a state title when it plays again today at 8:30 p.m.
Troup County took a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first inning on Saturday, but West Georgia tied it with a run in the bottom of the inning, and it took the lead with two runs in the second inning.
Everything changed in the top of the third, with Troup County sending 14 batters to the plate to take a 12-3 lead.
Troup County had 10 hits in the inning, including nine in a row at one point.
Cole Freeman got the onslaught started with a leadoff single, and he eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it a 3-2 game.
After Brantly Robinson walked, Coy Tedescucci reached on a single, beginning the stretch of nine straight hits.
Seth Prather’s base hit drove in a run to tie it at 3-3, and Kenly Bridwell followed with an RBI single to give Troup a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
John Todd Bohn kept the rally going with an infield single, and John Crawford’s two run single pushed the lead to 6-3.
Consecutive RBI singles by Joseph Calhoun, Freeman and Colby Williams extended the lead to 9-3.
There were two runners on when Robinson came to the plate for the second time in the inning, and he came through with a two-run triple, and Troup County’s lead was 11-3.
Tedescucci’s RBI groundout brought in the inning’s 11th and final run.
Leading 12-4, Troup County tacked on three more runs in the top of the fifth.
Cam Gosdin led off with a single, and he scored on a wild pitch to give Troup a 13-4 lead.
Freeman singled and scored on an error, and Tedescucci’s RBI triple plated Williams, who reached on an infield hit.
Freeman and Williams both pitched for Troup, with Williams getting the win in relief.