Winning the rematch

By Kevin Eckleberry

July 16, 2014

COLUMBUS - The rematch wasn’t quite as one-sided, but the Troup County 13-14-year-old all-star team still took care of West Georgia in fairly comfortable fashion on Wednesday in the Dixie Boys Baseball state tournament.

After thumping West Georgia 15-4 in the opening round on Saturday, those two teams faced off again on Wednesday in the semifinals of the tournament.

West Georgia pushed three runs across in the bottom of the sixth inning to get within two, but Troup County exploded for five runs in the top of the seventh inning to roll to a 10-3 win.

The win moved Troup County into the championship game against Newton County, while West Georgia’s tournament came to a close.

Troup County went on to whip Newton County 14-1 to claim the state title and secure Georgia’s berth in the Dixie Boys Baseball World Series.

In Wednesday’s first game, Troup County scored two runs in the third inning, and three more runs in the fourth to build a 5-0 lead.

West Georgia rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth, but Troup County pitcher Colby Williams entered the game and retired the next three batters to thwart the rally.

Needing some breathing room to feel comfortable, Troup County came out and put five runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth.

John Todd Bohn and Seth Prather led off with back-to-back walks, and Luke Hilderbrand, Kenly Bridwell and Cam Gosdin then came through with consecutive RBI singles to give Troup an 8-3 lead.

Another run scored when John Crawford reached on an error, and Cole Freeman’s sacrifice fly plated the inning’s final run, and Troup led 10-3.

Williams walked a pair of batters in the top of the seventh, but he also had two strikeouts, and a nice play on a groundball by the shortstop, Freeman, ended the game.

Troup County started the scoring with two runs in the third inning.

Freeman doubled, and Williams and Prather had RBI hits to make it a 2-0 game.

Troup County padded its lead with three runs in the fourth inning.

There were two outs when Joseph Calhoun singled, and Freeman reached on an error.

Williams drove in two runs with a double, and Brantly Robinson followed with an RBI single, and Troup was enjoying a 5-0 lead.

That’s the way it remained until the sixth inning when the teams combined for eight runs.

Robinson got the start for Troup, and Hilderbrand and Williams both pitched well in relief.