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!
9U District Champs
14U Boys District Champs
12U Boys District Champs
8U Boys District Runner up.
Trion Recreation qualifies 4 teams for Dizzy Dean State Tournaments!
Trion Recreation will be sending 4 teams to the Dizzy Dean State Tournaments this weekend (June 24th) and next weekend (June 30th). The 9U Boys won their District Championship last weekend with a victory over Summerville in the 6 team tournament. They will play Sandtown in Canton Ga. on Saturday, June 25th at 2pm at Weatherby Park. The 14U won their District Championship with a victory over Rossville last weekend. They will be facing North Cherokee at 5:30pm in Sandy Plains this Friday, June 24th. The 12U advanced to State with a District Championship win over Dade County. They will travel to Boynton for the State Tournament next weekend beginning on July 1st. The 8Us qualified for State with a runner-up finish in their District Tournament. They will be traveling to Powder Springs to play in their State Tournament this weekend beginning on Thursday, June 30th. Some State Brackets will be posted today. Others will be added as they are received.
9U Boys State Bracket
14U Boys State Bracket
2016 Trion Rec. All-Stars
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!
Trion Mat Dogs 2016 Team Georgia State Champs
Toby Maddux 10U Team Georgia State Champ