The Troup County 11-12-year-old American All-stars are gearing up for the start of Dixie Youth Baseball tournament play, and if their performance Tuesday is an indication, they’re ready to make some big things happen.
Facing the West Point all-stars in West Point, the all-stars won a pair of games to tune up for the district tournament that starts Saturday in LaGrange.
The Troup National all-stars have also been busy preparing for the five-team tournament.
Troup American beat West Point 12-1 in Tuesday’s opening game, with Colby Darda hitting a grand slam, and it won the second game 6-3.
Troup American coach Curt Longshore said the team is coming together at the right time, and that he is excited to see how the team will compete in the upcoming tournament.
“We are starting to come together as a team,” Longshore said. “We are really starting to believe in the team concept. We are preaching to them that attitudes both on an off the field, and that having a positive attitude can make the difference between winning and losing.”
The All-Stars will be facing off against the Pike County All-Stars on Saturday, a team that Longshore says, “always represents well when it comes to tournament time.”
Still, after watching his team play so well in all facets of the game Tuesday, Longshore is confident.
“We are playing good ball right now,” Longshore said. “We have good solid pitching. Our bats are starting to come around, and that’s a really good thing to see before the beginning of the tournament.”
Troup American will play Pike County at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Troup National and Manchester will square off at 4 p.m.