With their tournament hopes on the line, they came out swinging.
The Troup National all-stars, after losing their first game in the Dixie Youth Baseball 11-12-year-old World Series in Lexington, S.C., had to beat Arkansas on Sunday to avoid elimination.
Troup National, which is representing Georgia in the tournament, went out and crushed Arkansas 19-4 to improve to 1-1 in the tournament.
“They came out of the top of the first in that second game swinging away,” Troup coach Chad Marchman said. “And they never let up. And that’s a good thing.”
Troup National was scheduled to play its tournament opener against North Carolina on Saturday, but that game was postponed by rain after just one inning.
The game resumed Sunday afternoon, and North Carolina broke open a close game to win 10-0.
It was a 1-0 game after the first inning, and North Carolina took control with a big second inning.
“Things happened and it snowballed on us,” Marchman said.
In the Arkansas game, Jake Cardwell led the offensive effort with a three-run home run.
Troup National will face Louisiana at 5:45 p.m. today in another elimination game.
“We’re here another day, and it’s a great experience for these kids,” Marchman said.
Troup National won the state tournament at the Harris Baseball Complex to earn its World Series invitation.
There are 12 teams in the tournament, including 11 state champions, as well as a team representing the host community.
The tournament is scheduled to conclude on Thursday with the championship game.
Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 (ext. 232) or on Twitter @lagrangesports