THOMASTON - There was no suspense for Troup National.
Facing Thomaston, the host team, on the opening day of the Dixie Youth Baseball 9-10-year-old District 1 tournament, Troup National rolled to a 15-0 victory on Saturday in a game that was shortened to three innings because of the run rule.
Troup National will look to make it two in a row when it plays either Hogansville or Troup American on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
With Chase Williams on the mound, Thomaston threatened to put a run on the board in the top of the first inning, but Troup National’s defense was up to the challenge.
With a runner on and one out, second baseman T.J. Wilkerson made a nice play on a ground ball to get the second out, and first baseman Brett Haynes followed with a defensive gem of his own on a grounder to end the inning.
Troup National took the lead with a pair of runs in its half of the first inning.
After Chase Williams and Token Conaway walked, a run scored when Haynes reached on an error.
Tre Mosley singled to load the bases, and Trey Hartley walked to drive in the second run.
After Williams worked around a hit batter and a walk in the top of the second inning to keep it a 2-0 game, Troup National exploded for 12 runs in the bottom of the inning, and it sent 16 batters to the plate.
Andrew Townsend got the fun started with an infield single, and Austin Skiff walked.
Jacob Bearden’s double pushed the lead to 3-0, and a sacrifice fly by Wilkerson made it a four-run game.
A Williams base hit gave Troup National a 5-0 lead, and after Daniel Martin and Zack Thompson both reached on errors, Conaway’s base hit made it a 7-0 game.
After Thompson scored on an error, four straight walks, including one with the bases loaded by Tucker Starling, put Manchester in a 9-0 hole.
Townsend’s RBI base hit kept the scoring barrage going, and Skiff’s two-run single gave Troup National a 12-0 lead.
Bearden legged out an infield hit to drive in another run, and Skiff scored on a wild pitch to plate the inning’s 12th and final run.
In the bottom of the third, Thompson reached on a fielder’s choice, and he eventually scored on a wild pitch for the 15th run, bringing the mercy rule into play.