THOMASTON - They knew what they had to do.
After falling to Hogansville on Monday, the Troup American all-stars had no margin for error heading into Tuesday’s game against Thomaston in the Dixie Youth Baseball 9-10-year-old district tournament.
Troup American was either going to beat Thomaston and keep its tournament stay alive, or it was going to see its tournament come to a close with a loss.
Troup American made sure it would be around for awhile longer with a dominant performance.
In a game that was shortened to four innings because of the run rule, Troup American rolled to a 13-3 victory to even its record at 1-1 in the tournament.
Troup American faces another must-win scenario today when it plays Troup National at 7 p.m.
Troup American was coming off a 10-2 loss to Hogansville on Monday.
That game was close most of the way, but Hogansville scored seven runs in the fifth inning to put it away.
“We thought we might of had it it last night. We stayed with them until the fifth inning,” Troup American coach Terry Booton said. “They were confident today.”
Against Thomaston, Troup American got a lift from Justin Truett, who delivered a terrific pitching performance.
Offensively, Troup American got contributions throughout the lineup.
“We’d been waiting on that,” Booton said.
The outcome was still in doubt until the bottom of the fourth inning when Troup American scored six runs to end the game because of the run rule.
After a scoreless first inning, Troup American got on the board first with a pair of runs in the second inning.
Cole Garner led off the inning with a walk, Truett was hit by a pitch two batters later, and Andrew Locke walked to load the bases.
With two outs, Reed Morris showed a lot of discipline at the plate and earned a bases-loaded walk to plate the game’s first run, and Truett came around to score on a wild pitch to push the lead to 2-0.
Troup American put five runs on the board in the third inning to extend its lead to 7-0.
With one out, Seth Stargell got things going with a walk, and Trey Cook followed with a base hit.
Trevor Booton’s RBI single gave Troup a 3-0 lead, and after Devon Murphy was hit by a pitch, Garner legged out an infield hit to bring in another run.
Booton scored Troup’s fifth run on a wild pitch, and Todd Mooney’s RBI single gave Troup American a 6-0 lead.
Garner scored the inning’s final run on an error, and Troup had a seven-run cushion.
Thomaston threatened to get back into the game with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Troup ended the suspense with six runs in the bottom of the inning.
The inning started innocently enough with a strikeout, but Troup American’s next nine batters all reached base.
Morris got the merry-go-round started with a walk, and Rivers Partin followed with a base hit.
Stargell’s base hit brought in the inning’s first run, and after Partin scored on an error, a Cook RBI single made it a 10-3 game.
Booton singled and Murphy walked to load the bases, and Garner walked to drive in another run.
Mooney then reached on an infield single to make it a 12-3 game, and with the bases still full, Truett was hit by a pitch to push another run across, bringing the run rule into play.