BULLDOGS GARNER THIRD PLACE FINISH IN 14-U DIZZY DEAN WORLD SERIES
The Trion Recreation 14 and under Bulldogs traveled to Southhaven, Mississippi July 15 and came away with a third place finish in the Dizzy Dean World Series. The 2016 Georgia State Champions fell into the losers’ bracket early and battled back to have a shot at the finals, only to come up one run short.
After an opening ceremony on Friday that included pin-trading and a team introduction at the big amphitheater at Snowden Grove Park, the Bulldogs were ready to take the field Saturday. Eupora, Ms. was the opponent, a runner-up in the Mississippi state playoffs. Can you be flat in the World Series? Or maybe it was nerves but the Dogs were definitely not the team that won the Ga. State Championship. Five key errors and timely hitting by the Eupora team spelled doom to the Dogs in the 8-3 loss and dumped Trion into the losers’ bracket.
Trion struck out an uncommon 11 times and made several base running mistakes to aid Eupora. All around it was a game to forget for Trion. Caleb Veitch was the only Bulldog with two hits. Vietch had two rbi and Brier Ingle added another.
Sunday was a new day for the Dogs and this time the Georgia State Champs showed up. Marbury, Ms. was the opponent. They lost to the Florida state champion Meridian Park and had the misfortune to play an angry Bulldog team.
From the opening inning Trion proved that they were ready to play. Scoring 5 runs in the first frame relaxed the Dogs and paved the way to a 10-0 win. Several Bulldog hurlers limited Marbury to just two hits and the defense was stellar with no errors.
Will Wyatt was three for three to lead the team. Andy Allen had two hits and Lincoln Maddux had two rbi. This win kept the Dogs alive and well in the tourney.
It is rare that a team gets a chance to avenge a loss in a tournament but the Dogs got that opportunity Monday afternoon. Eupora was defeated by Meridian Park on Sunday and now faced a now familiar opponent in Trion. Except, the Trion team that they saw was vastly different than the team they played earlier.
Starting the same pitcher that throttled the Dogs on Saturday, Trion let him know early that things were going to be different this game. With Colt Trammell getting on base 6 times with 3 hits, 3 walks and 6 runs scored, the Bulldogs cruised to an easy 17-5 revenge victory.
Besides Trammell’s heroics, Veitch scored 4 times, Allen, Jacob Cornette and Hagen Willingham each had three hits. Even though it is said that revenge is best served cold, it tasted mighty good in the 100 degree plus heat of Mississippi.
Tuesday morning the Bulldogs were back at it with a 9 am game against Meridian Park, Fla. The Florida state champs were upset by Tallapoosa when the Rebels scored 4 late runs, including a bases loaded walk in the 7th for the 4-3 win.
Coaches Tracy Trammell, Mick Allen and Ryan Willingham knew that it was imperative that the Bulldogs be at their best to win this game. Andy Allen, Trion’s ace pitcher, got the call. The coaching staff knew that using Allen the entire game would “burn” the hurler the rest of the tourney but it was now “win or go home”.
The move proved to be brilliant with Allen pitching the entire game with 9 strikeouts and scattering 5 hits. Meridian was held hitless until the fourth inning in the Bulldog 9-4 win.
While Allen held the opponent down, the Bulldog bats came through with 11 hits. Trammell was 3 for 4 to lead the team. Willingham, Wyatt and Cornette each produced 2 hits. Veitch had a long three run homer.
There was little time to enjoy this victory as the Dogs moved to another field to take on the winner of Rossville and Tallapoosa. The Rebels made short work of our neighbors to the north with a 12-4 win, setting up another showdown between heated rivals.
The Trion-Tallapoosa rivalry goes back to when most of these kids played in GRPA as 7&8 year olds. The heated competition climaxed in this years’ Ga. Dizzy Dean State Tournament when Trion beat the Rebels 1-0 and 10-9 to win the State. The last game was particularly painful for the Rebels as Trion came back from a 6-0 deficit to win the championship game on a wild throw at third base.
Trion took a 1-0 lead in the first when Trammell scored on a Veitch hit but the lead was short lived as Tallapoosa struck for 5 runs in the top of the second. Four hits by the Rebels and two key errors helped Tallapoosa expand the lead. The Rebels added another tally in the third and suddenly the Dogs were behind 6-1 going into the bottom of the third.
This team refused to surrender and answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Trammell reached on a walk and trotted home on another long homerun by Veitch. This cut the lead to 6-3 and the Bulldogs seemed to have recaptured the momentum.
But here came the Rebels with two runs in the 5th and one in the 6th to take a 9-3 lead with just two Bulldog at bats to go. Trion knew that it was time to go to work.
Veitch walked and Willingham singled to get the bottom of the 6th going. Tallapoosa changed pitchers and after two quick outs, Wyatt promptly singled and plated two Trion runs, and he later scored on a Rebel error with the third run of the inning. Tallapoosa was able to wiggle out of the jam with the bases loaded. Still, the Dogs were within striking distance at 9-6.
The Rebels failed to score in the top of the seventh and it was Trion’s opportunity to break Tallapoosa’s heart once again. Veitch walked to lead-off and with one out Pitts reached on a Rebel error. You could see the jitters as the Tallapoosa team began think “not again”. A basehit by Ingle scored Veitch and Wyatt followed with another hit that scored Pitts and now it was a 9-8 game with runners on first and third with one out. But the Bulldog magic ended there as a strikeout and groundout ended the World Series for Trion.
Trion finished a remarkable season that saw the team win the State Championship and have a great showing in the Dizzy Dean World Series. Montevello, Alabama beat Tallapoosa 6-5 to win the championship. Veitch, Trammell and Allen were named to the All-Tournament Team. The team brought back individual medals, a team trophy and memories that will last for a lifetime.Type your paragraph here.
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Trion Soccer takes home two championships in North GA League.
The Trion Rec. Soccer program took home two titles and had two runner up finishes this weekend in the finals of the North Georgia Soccer tournament played in Chickamauga. The 10U Girls was a contest of two Trion teams with the Trion White edging the Trion Blue 4-3 in a fantastic contest. Ashlin Abee scored 3 goals and Baylee Blair chipped in 1 goal to lead the White team. Both teams were coached by Anthony Hudgins and he did a great job with these girls this year.
The Trion White U12 defeated the U12 Trion Blue team in the other contest in Chickamauga. The Trion White team finished off an undefeated season with the win. This team was coached by Marty Gary while the Blue team was coached by Jeremy Bowman.
The Rec, Dept. is proud of all the Soccer teams and their accomplishments this year. We appreciate all the help from our volunteers as well. Kudos on a great season!!
WORLD SERIES BOUND!
TRION REC. 14 AND UNDER BOYS WIN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, FIRST TRION TEAM TO WIN DIZZY DEAN STATE
The Trion Bulldogs rode superior pitching and a stellar defense to win the 14 and under Dizzy Dean State Championship last Monday night in Sandy Plains, Ga. The Dogs will now advance to the Dizzy Dean World Series in Southhaven, Mississippi beginning July 15th. Trion got a huge team effort from each player as they contributed to the Championship. Whatever the team needed, whether it was a key strikeout, a clutch hit or an outstanding defensive play, the Dogs made it happen.
The road to the championship was not an easy one for the Bulldogs. Trion drew a “play-in” game in the 10 team tournament. This meant Trion would have to play two games on Friday evening. North Cherokee was the first opponent and the Dogs were facing an unfamiliar foe. This game was over early when Trion posted 6 quick runs in the first on their way to a 13-3 victory.
Heard County, the second place team from District 5, was up next at 8 pm. Heard went down to the Dogs by an 18-1 count. The hits were plentiful and the short inning game gave Trion a chance to save pitching.
Saturday afternoon Bartow County (Adairsville) lay in wait for the Dogs. They had made easy work of East Cherokee and saved their #1 pitcher for Trion. His big fastball was just what the team was wanting and the Dogs parlayed a big early lead into an 11-8 win. This set the stage for the expected showdown between highly regarded Tallapoosa and Trion.
Now Tallapoosa was heralded as the cream of the tournament. One coach went as far to say that they were the best 14-U team he had ever seen. They had also saved their ace for the Dogs and an ace he was. Mr. Malone had a smoking fastball and a knee buckling curve.
The Dogs had an ace of their own in Andy Allen and a line-up of hitters that fear no pitcher. What fans saw on that hot and steamy Sunday afternoon was one of the best games ever in a 14 and under tournament.
Allen had control of both sides of the plate, setting down Rebel batters with 13 total strikeouts and allowing only one hit. The Dogs continually put the ball in play but seemed to hit it right at a Tallapoosa player.
After 6 tension filled innings the score was knotted at 0-0. Trion was the visiting team in the top of the 7th and got Colt Trammell on base with his second hit of the night. Trammell moved around to third but Tallapoosa had two outs. The Rebels had wiggled out of danger several times but this time would be different. Will Wyatt hit a sharp grounder toward the hole between third and short that the shortstop tried to backhand. The ball squirted away far enough for Trammell to score and Wyatt to reach first for the first score of the game.
Allen made that one run hold up as he set down the Rebels in the bottom of the seventh. Allen’s masterpiece on the mound meant he could not pitch in Monday’s finals but this team had kids ready to step up.
As most everyone figured, Tallapoosa won the losers’ bracket game on Monday to set up the Championship contest at 8 pm. Early on, it looked like the Dogs would be returning to Sandy Plains on Tuesday evening to play the “if necessary” game. The Rebels used two 3 run innings to run out to a 6-0 lead after 2 ½ innings.
In the bottom of the third, Allen led off with a lazy fly ball to center that the fielder camped under. The sure handed centerfield had been all over the field, chasing down sure gapers and diving to take away basehits. But on this occasion the ball bounce out of his glove to the ground. This seemed to ignite the Bulldogs. Hits by Caleb Veatch, Brier Ingle, Hagen Willingham and sudden wildness by the Rebel pitcher earned Trion 3 quick runs and before the dust settled, the Dogs had plated 6 runs to knot the game.
Jacob Cornette relieve Pitts on the mound for Trion and the youngster came it throwing blazing fastballs. A Bulldog error in the 4th allowed two Rebel runs to score and again Trion was behind 8-6.
With the score still 8-6 in the bottom of the 6th, time seemed to be running out for the Dogs. Trion got two runners on and Seth Pitts stepped to the plate. Pitts timed a Rebel curve and sent a shot to the right center gap. The fine Rebel outfielder dove for the ball but it sailed under his glove and rolled all the way to the 315’ wall. Pitts was jetting around the bases and scored standing up with an inside the park 3 run homer. The tallies put Trion up 9-8, needing just 3 outs to seal the championship.
The Rebels would not go quietly. A lead-off walk and a steal put the runner at second base. Cornette got two outs but the base runner advanced to third. With two strikes on the batter, a ball got away from the catcher and the Tallapoosa player slide into home safely with the tying run.
Lincoln Maddux led off the bottom of the seventh with a solid basehit to center. He advanced to second and third on passed balls. The next pitch briefly bounced away from the Rebel catcher and he tried to throw behind Maddux on third. His throw handcuffed the thirdbaseman and bounded into left field. Maddux scrambled to his feet and scored the winning run to set off jubilation on the Bulldog side of the field.Finally, this group of boys had that elusive State Championship they had chased since they were 7&8. This bunch finished runner up in State several years ago, losing on a walkoff homerun. They were due to do their own walking off in 2016
Trion Grey 9-10 Boys--County League Champions
Trion Mat Dogs have incredible showing at State!!
The Trion Rec. Mat Dogs traveled to the Team Georgia State Wrestling tournament in Perry this past weekend and came away with two Team State championships and a State Champion Wrestler as well! There were 112 teams competing in Perry. The Mat Dogs won first place overall in the 8U and 10u divisions for team award. Toby Maddux had a tremendous tournament finishing first overall in the 10U division and being named Team Georgia State Champion for that age group. The Mat Dogs also had a super respectable 4th place finish in the 6U division as well. It was an all around great showing by the team. Here is a run down of the finishers: Toby Maddux had a 1st place finish and was named State Champion in the 10U division, Texas Jones had a 2nd place finish, Cohen Blaschke had a 2nd place finish, Coleman Lee had a 3rd place finish, Chaz Brogden had a 3rd place finish, Lane Harris had a 4th place finish, Landon Marshall had a 4th place finish, and Clayton Loughridge had a 4th place finish. In all The Mat Dogs had 24 kids qualify for State. There were 5 other kids that went very deep in their brackets but lost out in the consolation finals. These 5 were Jason Jenkins, Ridge Drake, Curt Hambright, Colton Sanford, and Price Wilson. These 5 kids were one win away from the medal round and scored the Mat Dogs team alot of points! Coach Adam Lee said: "I am very proud at how far we have come as a program and as a team. We have great kids and coaches and great support from the Town of Trion and Trion City Schools. " Whats more impressive about the Trion Mat Dogs effort was they competed against teams like Pope Co. Gilmer Co, South Paulding Comerce and Jefferson. This tournament was not separated due to classification and the Trion Mat Dogs went head to head against alot bigger programs and still came out on top. The Trion Recreation Dept. is super proud of this team and the coaches for the effort they put in this year and the future of wrestling in Trion is certainly very bright!
Toby Maddux---State Champion
8U Dogs Repeat as Champs! 10-11 Dogs Take home Super Bowl trophy for first time
The Trion Rec. Dept. was well represented Saturday at the NGYFL Super Bowl with 3 teams competing for a Super Bowl Championship and two of them coming away with the title. The 8U Dogs were riding a 19 game winning streak dating back to last year in NGYFL play as the traveled to Ringgold GA for their Super Bowl matchup against LFO at 2pm. The Dogs got a TD run early from Bryson Roberts and never looked back in route to a 26-6 victory. Cameron Pritchett was named MVP of the game and the 8U Dogs, coached by Coy Hefner and Ben Groce, exteneded their streak to 20 straight wins.
The 10-11 Dogs came into their contest Saturday riding a strong defense and grind it out running attack and thats exactly what they did when they faced the Summerville Indians at 5pm Saturday. The Dogs took an early 6-0 advantage but Summerville tied it up 6-6 late in the 3rd quarter. The Dogs however took the lead on a spectacular 50 yard TD run by Toby Maddux and the defense built a wall against the Indians for the rest of the game. As the final seconds ticked down, the Dogs had their victory, 12-6. The strong defense was lead by Jackson Morrison, Ezra Adams, Colby Evans, and Jasper Dukes along the front. Toby Maddux was named MVP of the game. This group was coached by Derry Maddux and Terry Eller. Congrats on the fantastic job. they did with this team!
The 9U Dogs also played Saturday but fell short in their quest to win a title. They had a great season though. Losing only twice. Coach Chris Harris and staff did a fine job with this group.
All in all it was a successful football season for the Trion Rec. program with all kids learning fundamentals of the game and learning lessons they will use for the rest of their lives.
Thanks to all who volunteered!!