Troup 10u teams take Wrens to Georgia Dixie Youth Tournament – Reuters
Some Troup County baseball players had a lifetime chance as the Troup National and the US 10u All-Stars were in Wrens this week to compete in the Georgia Dixie Youth Tournament.
Team USA entered the tournament with a lot of youngsters as only about half of the team were 10 years old and the other half were under 10 years old.
“We have a very good defensive team,” coach Russell Yeatman said. “We never give up. We have a lot of heart.”
Team USA showed their hearts in the tournament despite exiting the tournament on Friday night. In Thursday’s tournament opener, Team USA allowed six runs in the first set against Perry and couldn’t recover as they lost 6-5 despite a gallant rally. As part of the double-elimination tournament, Team USA was eliminated on Friday after losing 3-1 to Morgan County.
“We fought hard and that really says a lot about these boys,” Yeatman said.
Despite the losses, the 12 players had the chance of a lifetime. It was a lot of hard work for them as the team trained for two hours a day, five days a week for the past month. The 12 players on Team USA were Austin Hill, Charlie Riley, Colton Richardson, Chipper Yeatman, Chambers Glisson, Isaiah Bishop, Ethan Cotton, Reagan Pannell, Tate Schmitt, Sam Brunair, Ben Sells and Carson Atkinson. The team was led by its three coaches, Shannon Cotton, Cory Atkinson and Yeatman.
“It was the first time most of these guys played in a tournament like this,” Yeatman said.
Team USA wasn’t the only Troup 10u team in Wrens this week as the Nationals team also joined them. Like their American league counterparts, the Nationals were made up of 12 stars from the Troup 10u 2022 spring season. The 12 players that made up the national team were Harper Calhoun, Woods Griffin, Carter Harrill, Bentley Henderson, Grady Kelton, Jacob Kemper , Ben Lupien, Sammir Pope, Hatcher Ricks, Colton Shelnutt, Andrew Tanner and Mason Ward. The team is coached by Steven Tanner, Johnny Ricks and legendary LaGrange College baseball head coach David Kelton.
The national team got off to a good start in the tournament with a 9-2 win over Team USA Columbia on Thursday. Friday was a little sourer as the Nationals lost to North Macon 8-0. This sets up a game on Saturday at 9am, with a win advancing the Nationals further into the tournament and a loss sending them packing.
Regardless of the outcome of the Nationals games, both teams have represented the Troup area well. Teams have worked tirelessly over the past month to acclimate to new teammates and prepare for a major tournament like this. I’m just proud of these purchases. They didn’t come here and blow themselves up and although loss is loss, those boys fought,” Yeatman said. “I couldn’t ask for a better group of young men to fight the way they fight.”