They were the class of the field.
The Troup National 11-12-year-old all-stars went out and took care of business each time they took the field during the Dixie Youth Baseball state tournament at the Harris Baseball Complex.
After winning its first four games in the tournament, Troup National had one more mountain to climb on Thursday.
Facing a Wrens team that won an extra-inning game on Wednesday to keep its tournament alive, Troup rolled to a 9-2 victory to secure the state title.
Next up for Troup National will be the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series in Lexington, S.C. in August.
“This team, their attitude is wonderful. It’s a great group,” Troup National head coach Chad Marchman said. “And they get along real well. They feed off each other. If they do something big, they’re happy for each other.”
There was plenty of reason for the players to be happy during the 12-team tournament that got under way on Saturday.
Troup National had one close call, a 9-8 extra-inning win over Brookwood on Wednesday, but for the most part there was little suspense during the week.
In Thursday’s game, Troup National was leading 9-0 before Wrens put a pair of runs on the board in the final inning.
Jake Cardwell got the start in the championship game, and he threw five shutout innings before running into a bit of trouble in the sixth inning.
After Wrens scored two runs, Caleb McCurry entered the game in relief and got the final two outs to finish things off.
“I wanted to give him the complete game, and we probably could have, but you just don’t want to let another team rally too much,” Marchman said.
After a scoreless first two innings, Troup National broke through for a pair of runs in the top of the third.
Luke Swann, who capped his team’s scoring with a three-run home run in the sixth inning, led off the third inning with a triple.
After Dawson Wright was hit by a pitch, Wesley Marchman’s sacrifice fly gave Troup a 1-0 lead.
With two outs, McCurry’s RBI double put Troup on top 2-0.
Troup padded its lead with four more runs in the fourth inning.
Will Alford’s double got the rally started, and Jacquez Smith walked.
After a pitching change, Carson Garner drove the ball over the third-base bag for a two-run double, and Troup was up 4-0.
Luke Purnell followed with an RBI double of his own, and after a Marchman base hit, a single by Swann gave Troup National a 6-0 lead.
Wrens, meanwhile, was unable to get anything going against Cardwell, and Troup’s defense was superb.
In the bottom of the fourth, McCurry, the third baseman, made a nice catch on a line drive to end the inning.
In the fifth inning, Smith made a sensational diving catch in center field to rob a Wrens player of a hit.
Troup notched its final three runs in the top of the sixth.
The rally began with a two-out walk from Wright, and Marchman was hit by a pitch.
Swann then stepped to the plate and drove the ball over the outfield fence for a three-run home run, and Troup was sitting pretty with a 9-0 lead.
Wrens made a little noise in the bottom of the sixth, but the deficit was too great, and Troup was able to celebrate a state title.