After falling to Monroe County 11-8 on Sunday, the Troup National 9-10-year-old baseball team has no margin for error in its quest to reach the championship series in the Dixie Youth Baseball state tournament in Wrens.
Troup National can’t afford another loss in the double-elimination tournament if it wants to reach the best-of-three title series that begins Friday.
Troup National opened its tournament stay with a 1-0 victory over Brookwood on Saturday, and it will face Fort Oglethorpe at 6 p.m. today.
“We told the guys that the parents have confidence in them, and the coaches have confidence in them,” Troup head coach Kyle Crawford said. “They just have to go out there and play ball like they know how.”
Monroe County charged out to an 11-3 lead, and Troup made things interesting before falling short.
Caleb McCurry and Seth Lowry each had a pair of hits, and Jordan Ogletree had a two-run double.
Charles Crawford also knocked in a run with a hit, and Wesley Marchman had a hit.
Will Alford drove in a run with a fielder’s choice.
In Saturday’s game, it was all about pitching and defense.
Crawford started and pitched three innings, and Marchman finished things off with three innings.
“Our pitchers really kept us in it,” Kyle Crawford said. “They pitched outstanding.”
Troup scored its lone run in the second inning.
Marchman reached on an error and came around to score on a Zach Turner double.
In the sixth and final inning, Brookwood had runners on and second and third with two outs when a hitter put the ball in play on a swinging bunt.
Catcher Luke Swann charged and fielded the ball and made the throw to first for the game’s final out.