THOMASTON - They had their chances.
The Troup American all-stars scored three runs during Wednesday’s loss to Troup National, but they had opportunities to do a whole lot more damage.
Unfortunately for Troup American, it was unable to break through for the big inning it desperately needed in the 13-3 loss.
Troup American finished play in the Dixie Youth Baseball 9-10-year-old District 1 tournament with a 1-2 record.
Troup American lost to Hogansville and Troup National, and it beat Thomaston.
Most of the players on the team are 9-years-old, so they’ll get another chance next summer in the same age group.
“The real problem is we just didn’t have the power,” Troup American coach Terry Booton said. “There’s a huge difference between a 9-year-old and a 10-year-old.”
Troup American wasn’t far away from making a game of it on Wednesday.
Troup American left the bases loaded a couple of times, and it also had a few base-running miscues that thwarted potential big innings.
“Two innings we had the bases loaded,” Booton said. “That’s baseball.”
The game got off to a tough start for Troup American, which found itself in a 10-0 hole through two innings.
Coming off a big win over Hogansville on Tuesday, Troup National came out red-hot in Wednesday’s game.
“These guys came off the high of last night, and they came out hitting,” Booton said. “We put the ball across the plate, and they hit.”
Troup American got a terrific performance in relief from Trey Cook, who entered the game in the third inning and threw the final three innings.
Cook didn’t allow a run in his first two innings, and he struck out the side in the fourth inning.
At the plate, Troup American did a nice job as well, although it didn’t translate into many runs.
Troup American scored its first run in the bottom of the third on a Cook RBI single.
Troup American had four other base runners in the inning, but it only managed the one run.
Troup American added another run in the fourth inning to cut its deficit to 10-2.
Cole Garner beat out an infield hit, and he stole second and moved to third on a Justin Treutt single before scoring on a wild pitch.
After Troup National tacked on three runs in the top of the fifth, Troup American scored its final run in the bottom of the inning.
With one out, Reed Morris walked, and Preston Pressley reached on an infield single.
It looked like the rally was really going to pick up steam when Rivers Partin blooped the ball into short right field, but Troup National right fielder Austin Skiff made the throw to second base to get a force out.
A run did score on the play, getting Troup American within 10.
Stargell and Cook walked to load the bases with two outs, but a groundout ended the threat, the game, and Troup American’s tournament hopes.
“It was fun,” Booton said. “They’re a good group.”