It wasn’t meant to be.
The Troup County 13-14-year-old all-star team headed to the Dixie Boys Baseball World Series hopeful of bringing home a championship.
Troup County’s tournament run ended after losing a pair of hard-fought games over the weekend, though.
After falling to Mississippi 5-4 in an extra-inning heart-breaker on Saturday, Troup County’s tournament ended with a 9-5 loss to Louisiana on Sunday.
There are 12 teams in the double-elimination tournament representing 11 states.
Eleven of the teams won state championships to reach the World Series in Bossier City, La., and the host community received a tournament invitation as well.
Troup County won the state tournament in Columbus to earn the right to represent Georgia in the World Series.
In Saturday’s tournament opener, Troup County took a 3-1 lead after falling behind 1-0 early.
Mississippi rallied to tie it before eventually scoring a run in the ninth inning to win it.
Coy Tedescucci started and pitched a strong game for Troup County, and Colby Williams had a pair of RBIs.
In Sunday’s game, Louisiana jumped out to a 7-0 lead.
Troup County fought back to make a game of it, but Louisiana was able to hang on for the win in the elimination game.
It was the final recreation game for many of the players, most of whom will be playing high-school baseball at one of the local schools.
Players on the team included Coy Tedescucci, Joseph Calhoun, Cole Freeman, Kenly Bridwell, Brantly Robinson, Cam Gosdin, John Todd Bohn, Colby Williams, Seth Prather, Luke Hilderbrand, Ben Stogner, John Crawford and Cooper Doughman.
The head coach was Joey Doughman, and his assistant coaches were Perry Prather and Todd Bohn.
There is one local recreation baseball team remaining, the Troup National 11-12-year-old squad that won a state championship.
Troup National will represent Georgia in the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series that gets under way on Saturday in Lexington, S.C.
Troup will play the North Carolina state champion at 8 p.m. in its tournament opener.
Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 (ext. 232) or on Twitter @lagrangesports