They’re conquered the state, and now they’ll try to chase down a bigger prize.
After winning state championships last week, a pair of Troup County youth baseball teams will turn their attention to the World Series coming up in August.
The Troup National 11-12-year-old all-star team, which cruised to the state title at the Harris Baseball Complex, will play in the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series in Lexington, S.C. beginning on Aug. 9.
The Troup County 13-14-year-old all-star team, which faced little opposition en route to the state title in Columbus, will compete in the Dixie Boys Baseball World Series in Bossier City, La. beginning on Aug. 2.
Each tournament will feature 12 teams, including 11 state champions, as well as a team representing the host community.
The 11-12-year-old team wrapped up its state championship with a 9-2 win over Wrens on Thursday.
Troup National went 5-0 in the tournament, and outside of a 9-8 extra-inning win over Brookwood, it won all of its games by at least seven runs.
“This team, their attitude is wonderful,” Troup National coach Chad Marchman said. “It’s a great group. And they get along real well. They feed off each other. If they do something big, they’re happy for each other.”
The tournament capped a busy stretch for the team, which had been practicing for a few weeks leading up to the state tournament.
Also, a lot of players on the team participate in travel ball, so it’s been a full summer.
With the World Series a few weeks, everyone will get to take some time off before returning to the field.
“We’ll take two weeks off, let them rest,” Marchman said. “We’ve got a bunch of them going to Florida, and then we’ll get started and probably practice two weeks before we go up there.”
When Troup County heads to the World Series, its tournament opener will be against the North Carolina state champion on Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.
The double-elimination tournament will continue through Aug. 14.
The Troup County 13-14-year-old team made easy work of the competition at the state tournament.
Troup County played four games at state, and none of them were close.
In the championship game, Troup County overwhelmed Newton County 14-1.
Throughout the tournament, the pitching was superb, the offense was balanced and the defense was excellent.
“Every single player at some point contributed something,” Troup County coach Joey Doughman said. “We try to preach that in our practice. Obviously everybody has something to contribute.”
Troup County’s World Series opener will be against Mississippi on Aug. 2.