By Kevin Eckleberry firstname.lastname@example.org
July 16, 2014
COLUMBUS - There was never any doubt.
The Troup County 13-14-year-old all-star team played four games in the Dixie Boys Baseball state tournament, and it didn’t win any of those games by fewer than seven runs.
In Wednesday’s state-championship game against Newton County, Troup County cruised to a 14-1 victory to secure the title.
The Troup team, which includes a bunch of players who won a state title last year, has advanced to the Dixie Boys Baseball World Series in Louisiana.
“Every single player at some point contributed something,” Troup County coach Joey Doughman said. “We try to preach that in our practice. Obviously everybody has something to contribute, and they did today.”
The beneficiary of all of the run support on Wednesday was Coy Tedescucci, who helped himself with a two-run home run in the first inning.
Tedescucci threw a five-inning complete game, and he was dominant, giving up just the one run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The game was shortened to five innings because of the run rule.
“I’m very, very happy with Coy,” Doughman said. “He was lights out. They had one hit. He’s a gamer. He came ready, and he wanted the ball.”
Troup County got all of the offense it would need in its very first at-bat.
Cole Freeman was hit by a pitch leading off the game, and two batters later, Tedescucci launched the ball into the night, and it cleared the outfield fence with plenty of room to spare for the two-run home run.
Troup County padded its lead with five runs in the top of the second to build a 7-0 lead.
John Todd Bohn scored on a wild pitch to make it a 3-0 game, and Joseph Calhoun’s RBI single pushed the lead to 4-0.
Freeman’s base hit brought in another run to put Newton County in a 5-0 hole, and he later scored on a wild pitch for the sixth run.
Colby Williams, who reached on a single, scored the inning’s fifth and final run on a wild pitch, and Troup County was in great shape with a 7-0 lead.
Newton County scored its lone run in the third inning on a triple and an error, but any momentum it hoped to gain from that was erased when Troup County scored four more runs in the fourth inning.
Tedescucci continued his big day with a one-out double,and after Seth Prather’s single, Kenly Bridwell’s RBI groundout gave Troup an 8-1 lead.
Brantly Robinson followed with an RBI double, and Cam Gosdin then delivered a two-run single, and Troup County was on top 11-1.
Troup County capped the scoring with three more runs in the top of the fifth.
Freeman led off with an infield hit, and he scored when Williams reached on an error.
Williams later scored on a passed ball, and Bridwell’s RBI double gave Troup a 14-1 lead.
Tedescucci finished with a flourish, striking out the side in the bottom of the fifth to end the game, and the tournament.