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
2017 10U Dizzy Dean District 1 Champs
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
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!! .
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
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. The next Dog went down swinging for the second out. 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. Hefner got the win on the mound, relieving Henderson who work 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. 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 Noah Gann who went 3 for 3 including a 3 run homerun. 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 the game 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 in single between short and third for the winning run.
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 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 District Champions.
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!!
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
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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!!
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.