It was a difficult day for the Troup County all-star team, but the news wasn’t all bad.
Despite Monday’s 17-3 loss to Manchester in the Dixie Youth Baseball 11-12-year-old state tournament, Troup County is still very much alive, although its margin for error is gone.
Troup County fell to 2-1 in the double-elimination tournament, and it will face a must-win scenario when it plays Wrens at 6 p.m. today at the Harris Baseball Complex.
Troup County was coming off two impressive performances, including a dramatic 1-0 win over Brookwood on Sunday, but it was unable to keep pace with a strong Manchester team.
Manchester, which beat Troup County to win the district tournament in June, used a dominant offensive performance to move to 3-0 and set up a winner’s bracket showdown with Troup National today at 8 p.m.
Troup County lost twice to Manchester in the district tournament, but it was feeling confident heading into Monday’s game after the 2-0 start.
Manchester was too strong, though.
Noah Braddy hit a pair of home runs for Manchester, which scored 12 runs in the third inning to put it away.
The game ended after four innings because of the run rule.
Manchester jumped on top with a pair of runs in the top of the first, with Kymias Ferguson delivering a bases-loaded single to drive in both runs.
Troup County’s Nathan Karvales, one of five pitchers used, got the next two outs without any more runs scoring, keeping it a 2-0 game.
Troup County got one of those runs back in the bottom of the first.
Sam West reached on a one-out single, and two batters later, Colton Webb’s two-out double brought in a run to cut Manchester’s lead in half.
Manchester added another run in the top of the second, and Troup County failed to score in the bottom of the inning, despite getting a pair of base runners on.
In the top of the third, Manchester took over, sending more than 10 batters to the plate while turning a close game into a blowout.
Braddy was the star of the inning.
He got things going with a two-run home run, and he added another two-run homer later in the inning.
Troy Wimmer added a two-run double in the inning, and Troup County hurt itself with some errors that kept the inning alive.
By the time the at-bat came to a close, Manchester was ahead 14-1.
Manchester added three more runs in the top of the fourth to build its lead to 17-1.
Troup County pushed a pair of runs across in the bottom of the fourth, although it wasn’t enough to extend the game.
With one out, Sam Yates walked, and Webb reached on a single.
Then with two outs, Ethan Morton’s two-run single cut Manchester’s lead to 17-3.
The rally, and the game, ended when Manchester reliever Tyler Steverson got a groundout.