10U Bulldogs roll to the District 1 Dizzy Dean Championship.
On Friday, June 16th, the 10 U Bulldogs began their district tournament in Chickamauga with Murray County. The Bulldogs were led by Conley Harris with 3 hits, and Kade Smith, Raeden Sumner, Logan Stokes, and Eli Cooper with 2 hits each. They dominated the Murray County Wahoos 16-0. The Dogs then defeated Boynton on Saturday with a score of 9-0. Logan Stokes was a key player in this game with 3 hits and an inside the park homerun. Harris also had 2 hits. Sumner took control on the mound, holding the opponents to 0 runs.
Sunday, the Bulldogs faced the Chattooga Indians where they once again dominated, giving up 0 runs. The Bulldogs conquered the Indians in 4 innings with a score of 10-0.
The Bulldogs would again face the Indians for the district championship on Monday. Conley Harris started the Bulldogs off on the mound where he pitched an outstanding 3 innings only giving up 3 runs. This game was a close game that was separated by two in the park grand slams by Tucker Woody and Kade Smith. Smith finished up the game on the mound giving up only 2 runs. The Bulldogs finished strong with a score of 13-5 that would send them to state in Canton with a district championship.
The 10U Bulldogs team consists of Kade Smith, Logan Stokes, Jake Dawson, Kaden Ramirez, Tucker Woody, Raeden Sumner, Preston Wooten, Ben Shepherd, Conley Harris, Jack Weaver, Eli Cooper, Ethan Willingham, and Kevin Wilson.
The team is coached by Al Smith, Charlie Woody, Mike Bowers and Chase Hughes.
The Bulldogs begin the state tournament this Thursday playing Gilmer County in Cantonbg at 6pm on Field 5. The Tournament will be played at Mauldin Park. 1260 Univeter RD, Canton GA. 30115.
In other State action this weekend, the 12U Bulldogs will travel to Boynton Friday night to face Villa Rica in the first round of the Dizzy Dean State tournament. First pitch is at 8pm on field 1 of the Boynton Baseball complex. The 13U Dogs will head to Cummings, Ga on Friday night to take on the Sharon Springs Silver at 7pm at the Sharon Springs Park on Field 1. The 16U Dogs will also travel to Boynton on Saturday to face Lagrange in a best of 3 series to determine the Georgia State Champ. The winner will advance to the Dizzy Dean World Series in Mississippi.
Lot of great baseball being played this weekend. Get on out and enjoy a game and cheer on these future Bulldogs!!
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9-U BULLDOGS WIN DIZZY DEAN DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP
It took them to almost 11 pm Monday evening, but the 9-U Bulldogs finally overcame a valiant Rock Spring team to win the 2017 Dizzy Dean District 1 Championship and secure their place in the State Tournament in Canton, Ga.
Trion fought back from the loser’s bracket to defeat Rock Spring in a doubleheader but it was a war. The first contest was an extra inning affair that saw the Dogs erupt for 3 runs in the 7th inning and then hold on for a 9-6 victory to force the “if necessary” game in the tourney. Trion then won the final game 14-4 to cop the title.
The 9-6 victory was the key win for the Dogs that carried them to the championship. Both teams displayed great pitching in the first three innings as the Bulldog’s Christian Henderson matched pitch for pitch with Blevins of the Blue Jays. Finally, Rock Spring scored and after 4 innings had a 6-2 lead.
The Dog’s bats came alive in the top of the 5th. Bryson Roberts led off the inning with a perfect bunt followed by Paul Hardman’s grounder that couldn’t be handled by the shortstop. Zane Williams then stepped up and lined a basehit into right scoring both Roberts and Hardman. Williams then scored on a Staven Gardner hit and suddenly the game was knotted at 6.
Pitcher Lincoln Hefner kept the Jays off the scoreboard in the 5th and 6th and set up the Dogs for the chance to go ahead in extra innings. In the top of the 7th Gardner walked with one out and advanced to second when Curt Hambright was hit by a pitch. One out later,Henderson worked a walk that loaded the bases for Will McWhorter. The outfielder wasted little time as he lined a basehit into right to score Gardner from third and give the Dog’s their first lead of the night. Hefner and Will Groce were walked forcing in runs and giving Trion the 9-6 lead. The righty Hefner closed out the victory when Roberts caught a line drive and doubled off the runner at first.
McWhorter led the 9 hit attack for the Bulldogs with a 3-4 performance. Noah Gann blasted a solo Homerun over the LF fence. Hefner got the win on the mound, relieving Henderson who worked 3 effective innings.
After a brief break to restore the Greenwood Field to it’s luster, the two teams were at it again, this time for all the marbles. Will Groce was on the mound for the Dogs and pitched brilliantly. The righthander surrendered just 2 hits and struck out 5 in 4 innings to lead his team to the 14-4 clincher.
The bats were also explosive, as the Dogs put 5 runs on the board in the second and 3rd innings. Leading the way was Gann who went 3 for 3. Roberts added two hits .
The tourney began last Friday night with 2 pool play games. The Greenwood Field match-up was Summerville and Trion while Rock Spring and Murray County battled on the Chamlee field. Rock Spring beat Murray 7-6 and Trion bested Summerville 17-4.
In the Trion win, Henderson and Hefner each had two hits to lead the onslaught. The Dogs broke the game open with a 10 run second inning as all ten Bulldogs touched the plate. Henderson’s two hits were a triple and an inside the park homer.
Saturday morning the tourney returned to the Greenwood Field exclusively. Trion matched up with Murray County. Now this was a great baseball game that featured clutch hitting and stellar pitching. This game see-sawed back and forth and was tied at 8 when Trion came to bat in the bottom of the last inning. Henderson tripled to lead off the inning and McWhorter came to the dish. Murray opted to pitch to him and on the first offering, he laced a single between short and third for the walk off win.
Henderson had two triples and Gann had a inside the park homer to pace the Bulldog bats. Several Bulldogs toed the mound including Hefner, Williams, Gardner and Groce. New Dizzy Dean rules limit the amount of pitches so the team needed many players to pitch.
In Saturday’s second game, Summerville was dropped into the loser’s bracket by a count of 12-7 to Rock Spring. Mobbs led the Indians with a 2-3 effort.
Sunday at 1 Murray took on Summerville for the right to remain in the tourney. Murray built a big lead but the Indians fought back with 5 runs in the third. Alas, it was not enough as Murray remained alive with an 11-7 victory.
The 3 o’clock game was another nail biter with Trion and Rock Spring meeting in the winner bracket finals. The Dogs jumped out to a 4-1 early lead on the strength of doubles by McWhorter and Groce but the longball hitting Blue Jays came roaring back.
McKenzie belted a three run homer to put Rock Spring up 8-6 with Trion just one at bat left. The Dogs responded with two runs to tie the game on a Hefner 2 rbi hit but it was not to be. With 2 out in the bottom of the last inning, Hullender singled in the winning run and Trion exited into the loser’s bracket with a 9-8 loss. McWhorter and Hefner each had two hits for the Dogs and Gardner, Williams, McWhorter and Groce pitched in the contest.
The loss meant Trion had to turn around and play Murray for the right to play on Monday. Unlike the first game, Trion left no doubt early about the outcome. Scoring 5 in the first and 4 in the second, the team looked to be on easy street. But nobody told Murray. The green clad Indians battled back to make a game of it. Scoring three in the 4th and 5 in the fifth Murray made a laugher turn into a tight win for Trion. Groce came on in the last inning after a 3 run homer to get the final out with one pitch. Trion breathed a sigh of relief and advanced to the Monday showdown with a 12-9 win.
Hardman, Hefner and McWhorter each had two hits for Trion. The Bulldogs used Hefner, Hambright, McWhorter and Groce on the mound.
Congratulations to this team and coaches Ben Groce, Coy Hefner, Zach Williams and Michael Gann. The Dogs showed great heart and determination to finally come through and be named Dizzy Dean District 1 Champions.
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9U Bulldogs L-R Staven Gardener, Paul Hardman, Zane Williams, Noah Gann, Will Groce, Christian Henderson, Will McWhorter, Lincoln Hefner, Bryson Roberts, and Curt Hambright
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