It was no contest.
In a match-up of the two remaining unbeaten teams in the Dixie Youth Baseball 11-12-year-old state tournament, Troup National made easy work of Manchester on Tuesday evening at the Harris Baseball Complex, rolling to an 11-1 victory.
Both teams had been dominant in going a combined 5-0 in the tournament, setting the stage for Tuesday’s winner’s bracket showdown.
Manchester was unable to keep pace with a Troup National team that has now scored 36 runs in three games.
Troup National put six runs on the board in the second inning, and it added five more runs in the third inning, with Caleb McCurry delivering a home run.
The game ended after four innings because of the run rule, with McCurry and Jacquez Smith combining to get it done on the mound.
Troup National is two victories away from a state title, and it will try to get the first of those two wins when it plays Brookwood at 6 p.m. today.
If Troup National wins that game, it would play either Manchester or Wrens on Thursday for the championship.
In Tuesday’s game, Troup was held scoreless in the first inning, but it broke through for six runs in the second.
With a pair of runners on, Smith reached on an error, and Will Alford and Jake Cardwell both came around to score, giving Troup National a 2-0 lead.
Carson Garner followed with a single, and Dawson Wright came through with a two-run double to push the lead to 4-0.
Josh Tidwell kept it going with an RBI single, and Luke Purnell drove in the inning’s final run with a groundout, and Troup National was up 6-0.
Troup National went back to work in the top of the third.
After Cade Garner walked, McCurry stepped to the plate and punished a ball for a two-run home run to put Manchester in an 8-0 hole.
It was a line drive and there wasn’t much elevation on the ball, but it was high enough to sail over the left-field fence for his second home run of the tournament.
Troup National wasn’t done.
Will Flowers was hit by a pitch, Alford singled, and Cardwell’s base hit brought in another run to make it 9-0.
Alford and Cardwell both came around to score on wild pitches, and by the time the at-bat was over, Troup led 11-0.
Manchester managed one run in the bottom of the third, but it was unable to score another run in the fourth inning against Smith, and the game ended because of the run rule.
It was another dominant performance for Troup, which won its opening-round game 15-4 against Augusta West before blanking Albany American 10-0 on Sunday.
A day off on Monday did nothing to slow down Troup National, which is averaging 12 runs in its three tournament games.