On the opening day of the Dixie Youth Baseball 11-12-year-old District 1 tournament on Saturday, Troup American rolled to a 6-0 victory over Manchester behind a complete-game performance from Haynes.
Even though the temperature was in triple digits during the game, Haynes went the distance, and Manchester only had a handful of base runners in the game.
“Bryce did good,” Troup American coach Brent Bailey said. “He pitched a heck of a game. No doubt.”
Bailey said Haynes was backed up by a defense that made the routine plays and the outstanding plays alike.
“We have a good defense,” Bailey said. “We’re pretty solid. And our subs came in and they did well too.”
Troup won’t play again until Tuesday when it faces the winner of today’s game between Troup National and Pike County.
Troup is a step closer to securing one of the district’s invitations to the state tournament.
“That’s all we were asking was to get that first win,” Bailey said.
The game was scoreless through three innings, although Troup had a couple of great chances to break through early.
In the second inning, Troup had a runner thrown out at home plate after a Ben Stogner double.
“You get those runners in scoring position, and you have to get them around,” Bailey said.
In the fourth inning, Troup finally put a run on the board.
Christian Alford led off with a single, Cole Young reach on an error, and Haynes singled to load the bases with no outs.
It looked like Troup was about to break the game open when a short flyball by Marshall Morris landed between the shortstop and the left fielder, but the umpires used the infield fly rule to call Morris out.
A run still scored on the play, but Manchester got out of the jam within allowing any more damage, and Troup was up 1-0.
After Haynes worked around a leadoff error in the bottom of the fourth, Troup’s offense got in gear with three runs in the top of the fifth.
Brent Kardoes got things going with a base hit, and Stogner followed with his second double of the game.
Trent Bailey then came through with the clutch hit Troup had been looking for, a two-run double to make it a 3-0 game.
After a Nolan Tucker base hit, Daniel Swann’s single pushed another run across to give Troup a 4-0 lead.
Troup capped the scoring with a pair of runs in the sixth inning.
With a couple of runners on, Brantly Robinson grounded into a double play, but a run still scored.
Luke Hilderbrand followed with a double, Kardoes singled, and Stogner walked to load the bases.
Bailey then came through with an RBI single to cap the scoring.
Manchester had a chance to avoid the shutout in the bottom of the inning, but it had a runner thrown out at the plate for the second out, and Haynes got a strikeout to end it.