Trion 16U Captures Dizzy Dean World Series in 8-7 thrilling final

The Trion Recreation 16U baseball team had been waiting for this since last year. In 2016, as 14 year olds, they had come up short in the Dizzy Dean World Series placing 3rd in a grueling tournament in which they battled all the way until the final out was made. Coach Mick Allen had said the kids “left it all on the field but had gained a lot of experience at the same time.” He had also stated that they wanted to “try again next year” and this was that moment. After 3 tough games in Southhaven MS that saw the Bulldogs come out victorious despite losing star Center Fielder Colt Trammell to a broken arm,  here the Bulldogs were..back again in the World Series but this time in the Championship finals against a tough Carbon Hill Diamondbacks team out of Alabama.  This time, the Bulldogs were in the driver’s seat. They had to be beaten twice to lose but anyone that’s ever been in this spot knows you want to win that first game because anything can happen in a true one game elimination final.  This was their chance and these 16 year olds did not want to play again on Wednesday.

It didn’t look good for Trion in the early going. After winning the coin flip and declaring to be home team, the Dogs took the field and gave up 5 runs to the D’backs in the top of the 1st. The team from Carbon Hill came out ripping and let the Dogs know this was not going to be a cake walk. The Dogs were a little shaken but recovered quickly. Devin Price led off the bottom of the 1st with a double to left off a hanging curve ball. After two outs, Caleb Veitch was hit by a pitch and stole second. Hagen Willingham stepped to the plate and lined a double to right center plating both Price and Veitch and cutting the D’Back lead to 5-2. Clayton Johnson had relieved Brennon Whitlock and he shut down the D’Backs for the next 4 innings. The Dogs were also having trouble trying to cut into the lead and as the bottom of the 6th inning approached the score still stood at 5-2.  

In the 6th, Veitch led off with an infield single. After one out, Clayton Johnson singled to right. Brier Ingle, who caught a magnificent game behind the plate, was up next and reached on an error that scored Veitch and cut the lead to 5-3. Jacob Cornette followed Ingle. A pass ball plated Johnson and Cornette walked after a great at bat that saw him foul off 3 two strike pitches. The Dogs now trailed 5-4.  Luke Teague followed with an infield single scoring Ingle and tying the game at 5.  Devin Price finally put the Dogs on top 6-5 with a sharp single between short and 3rd that chased the Carbon Hill Pitcher. After a pitching change, Andy Allen stepped to the plate and gave the Dogs some much needed insurance when he lined a triple over the left fielder’s head that plated the final two runs for the Dogs. One out later, Caleb Veitch was robbed of extra bases by a phenomenal catch by the D’Back center fielder. The Dogs would settle for a 6 spot and an 8-5 lead. 3 outs to go for the Championship.

In the top of the 7th, the D’backs plated 2 runs and had runners at 1st and 3rd with two outs. It was clear that Johnson was tiring as Coach Mick Allen paid him a visit on the mound. Allen stuck with his pitcher and Johnson was able to coax a ground ball to third baseman Brennon Whitlock who calmly fired to Veitch for the final out. It was over. The 16U Dogs had come full circle. They had avenged last season's disappointing finish and accomplished their goal of coming back in 2017 and winning the Dizzy Dean World Series.

Colt Trammell was named Tournament MVP by his coaches and teammates. A tribute to him and how much his teammates care for him after shattering his arm in game 3. He hit .400 for the tournament before the injury and had covered the outfield like the dixie dew. Several team members talked before the game about how they wanted to win it for him. He is set to have surgery on Friday and should be back in time for the High School baseball season. We want to wish him a speedy recovery. Andy Allen, Brennon Whitlock, Clayton Johnson, and Devin Price also made the All-Tournament team.

After a lengthy on field celebration with Coach Mick Allen and Coach Ryan Willingham, Allen reflected: “I’m so proud of these young men. They showed tremendous heart and grit throughout the tournament.”

The Trion Recreation Dept is proud of them too along with their coaches. The 2017 16U World Champions!! 


The Trion Recreation Department will be conducting Football and Cheerleading registration for the 2017 season beginning Wednesday, July 19 through Saturday, August 12th. Individual age groups in the North Ga. Youth Football League are as follows: 5&6 year olds---7-Under---8-Under—9-Under and 10-under and 11&12 year olds.  Cost of participation in football is $25 for County residents. A $25 uniform deposit is required when football equipment is distributed.

               Cost of participation in cheerleading is “cost of uniform”.

               Age control date is May 1st. This means that the potential participant must be 5 years of age before May 1st and no older than 12 before May 1st, 2016. Age control date is for both Football and Cheeleading. No exceptions.

A copy of the child’s birth certificate is required upon registration if there is not one on file at the Trion Recreation Department.

               Call the Rec. Department at 734-2011 with any questions.

Jeff Maddux

Field Maintenance Supervisor

Phone 706-734-2011

Fax 706-734-3931

Nolan Crisp CYSA

Certified Youth Sports Adminstrator

Recreation Director

Phone 706-734-2011

Fax  706-734-3931


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9U Bulldogs L-R Staven Gardner, Paul Hardman, Zane Williams, Noah Gann, Will Groce, Christian Henderson, Will McWhorter, Lincoln Hefner, Bryson Roberts, and Curt Hambright

Anthony McWhorter CYSA

Certified Youth Sports Administrator

Program Director

Phone 706-734-2011

Fax .706-734-3931


            The Trion Recreation Department will conduct Co-Ed Soccer Registration beginning Wednesday, July 26 through Saturday, August 12. Age groups offered are 4&5, 6&7, 8&9,10&11 and 12&13. These youngsters will participate in the Chattooga County and North Ga. Soccer Leagues. Participation fees are $25 for county residents and no cost for those who reside in the Trion City limits.

            Age control date is January 1st. This means that the potential participant must be 4 years of age before January 1st.  2018 and no older than 13 before January 1, 2018. No exceptions.

            A copy of the child’s birth certificate is required upon registration if there is not one on file at the Trion Recreation Department.

            Call the Rec. Department at 734-2011 with any questions

Trion Recreation Splash Pad Hours Mon.-Sat. 10am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-9pm, Admission is Free

16U World champions L-R Coach Ryan Willingham, Andy Allen, Jacob Cornette, Devin Price, Hagen Willingham, Brier Ingle, Luke Teague, Jacob Chandler, Brennon Whitlock, Caleb Veitch and Coach Mick Allen.

Not Pictured: Colt Trammell 

​​​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.



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.