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The Trion 10u Bulldogs captured their 3rd tournament title of the season this past weekend at the Rawlings Boynton All-Star Bash. To win the rings, the Bulldogs had to defeat the East Brainerd Elite from Chattanooga who had not lost a game in two years and were the defending 2018 Dizzy Dean Tennessee State Champions. The Dawgs got down early, fought back to tie the game at the end of regulation, and would claim the championship in extra innings spurred by a 7th inning triple from Christian Henderson that would set up the 3-2 victory.
The Bulldogs started slow by falling down 2-0 after the first inning. Things did not start off well as East Brainerd opened the top of the first inning with 4 base hits to take a 2-0 lead but the Bulldog defense would tighten and not surrender another run for the remainder of the game.
Trailing 2-0 in the 3rd inning, the Bulldogs would finally get on the board after a 1 out single by Will McWhorter. Aiden Wright provided another single to advance McWhorter to 3rd base and Will Groce hit an RBI single to drive in McWhorter to make the score 2-1.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the 5th and final inning of regulation. Noah Gann got things started with a single to center field and then advanced to 2nd base on a wild pitch. Will McWhorter would strike again with timely hitting and drive Gann in to tie the game at 2 and send the game into extra innings.
After 1 and half scoreless innings, the Dawgs came in to the bottom of the 7th inning still tied at 2. Christian Henderson stepped up to the plate and quickly climbed in to a an 0-2 hole. But Henderson was unphased and drilled a triple to the right field fence. With no outs, Kayden Farmer came to the plate and hit the first pitch to the right side of the East Brainerd defense, allowing just enough time for Henderson to scamper home from 3rd base and seal the victory for the Dawgs.
Will Groce pitched all 7 innings for Trion and struck out 8 East Brainerd batters. Groce had lots of help behind him as infielders Noah Gann, Gavin Stivers, Staven Gardner, and Haygen Baker locked down the gaps time after time to keep the Dawgs within reach. Shortstop Haygen Baker made a spectacular leaping catch on a ball hit to shallow left field late in the game to keep Trion in the game. Lincoln Hefner caught for Groce behind the plate. Outfielders Christian Henderson, Bryson Roberts, and Kayden Farmer caught several deep fly balls against a hard-hitting East Brainerd team.
The Trion 10u Bulldogs consist of Christian Henderson, Staven Gardner, Haygen Baker, Gavin Stivers, Noah Gann, Lincoln Hefner, Aiden Wright, Will McWhorter, Will Groce, Kayden Farmer and Bryson Roberts. The Trion 10u Bulldog coaches are Ben Groce, Coy Hefner, Jeff Gardner and Michael Gann.
*Contributed by Ben Groce