It wasn’t hard to find an MVP for Sunday’s game between Manchester and Troup County.
In the Dixie Youth Baseball 11-12-year-old district tournament at the Harris Baseball Complex, Manchester got the best of Troup County 6-0.
Manchester’s Tyler Steverson was the star of the day.
He not only delivered a dominant, complete-game pitching performance, but he also capped the scoring with a home run in the top of the sixth inning.
Manchester, which beat Thomaston on Saturday, improved to 2-0 in the tournament, and it will play for the championship on Tuesday.
It was the tournament opener for Troup American, which will play Thomaston at 6 p.m. today, with the winner advancing to play Manchester on Tuesday.
Troup County was unable to solve Steverson, who set the tone by striking out the first five batters he faced.
He ended up striking out 12 batters in the six-inning game, and he only gave up two hits.
Troup County’s best scoring chance came in the sixth inning when it loaded the bases, but Steverson ended that threat, and the game, with a strikeout.
Nathan Karvelas and Colton Webb each pitched three innings for Troup.
Manchester scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning to build a 1-0 lead.
Karvelas shut Manchester down in the second and third innings, and he ended up giving up just the one unearned run during his three innings.
Manchester added to its lead on a Troy Wimmer RBI double in the fourth inning, and it was a 2-0 game.
It remained that way until the top of the sixth when Manchester broke it open with four runs.
Kymias Ferguson drove in a run with a base hit, and another run scored on an error to make it 4-0.|
Steverson then got a pitch to his liking and drove the ball way over the left-field fence, and the lead was 6-0.
Troup tried to get something going in the bottom of the sixth.
Ethan Morton walked, Bryce Kurian singled, and Pierce Butler walked to load the bases with two outs.
Steverson ended the suspense with a strikeout, though, and Manchester walked away with the win.