Thomaston-Upson dismantles the competition at District Tournament

Wes McCard

July 5, 2014

To say the Thomaston-Upson Rookie League All-Stars cruised through the District Tournament would be an understatement. The boys from Thomaston outscored their opponents by a 46-12 margin over three games, including a 15-5 victory over Manchester in the Championship Game. Thomaston-Upson won by the run rule in all three games. Here are some game recaps from the District Tournament.

Thomaston-Upson All-Stars: 12

Hogansville All-Stars: 1

After a scoreless first inning, the Thomaston-Upson All-Stars settled in, scoring three runs in the second inning. Three straight hits from Campbell Hinson, Gage Hill, and Zach Nada, led to three runs, after Trace Peaden reached on an error and Nash Green followed with a 2 RBI base hit.

In the third inning, the boys from Upson County tallied four more runs. After Jaden Atwater reached on an error, Brankevion Scott, Christopher Callahan, and Hinson all added base hits. Gage Hill followed and reached base due to an error, followed by a 2 RBI single from Trace Peaden. Campbell, Hinson, Scott, and Callahan all scored in the inning.

With a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning, Thomaston-Upson put the game away for good. Once again it was the trio of Scott, Callahan, and Hinson who came through with big base hit, with all three scoring after back to back fielding errors by Hogansville.

The team from Troup County would plate one run in the game, but the hometown kids held a 12-1 lead after five innings, ending the game and giving Thomaston-Upson their first win of the tournament. Campbell Hinson led the way for the hometown team with three hits and three runs scored, while Callahan and Scott each added two hits and two runs scored.

Thomaston-Upson All-Stars: 19

Manchester All-Stars: 6

In the second game of the night, Thomaston-Upson took on the host team, the Manchester All-Stars. Manchester failed to score in the top of the first inning, giving Thomaston-Upson an opening they would take advantage of in a hurry. The boys from T-Town scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning. Campbell Hinson, Zach Nada, Gage Hill, Trey Jones, and Jack Corley each tallied hits in the inning, scoring Nash Green, Zach Nada, Gage Hill, Campbell Hinson, Chirstopher Callahan, and Brankevion Scott.

In the second inning, Manchester plated three runs to cut the Thomaston-Upson lead to 6-3. However, in the bottom of the second inning, Thomaston-Upson added three runs of their own. Christopher Callahan, Jax Harrison, and Brankevion Scott all crossed the plate in the inning. Scott, Callahan, Hinson, and Zach Nada all tallied hits in the second inning for the Thomaston-Upson All-Stars.

With a 9-3 lead in the top of the third inning, Manchester scored three more runs to cut the Thomaston-Upson lead to 9-6. However, once again, the Thomaston-Upson All-Stars plated seven runs to secure the lead for good. Trace Peaden, Jack Corley, Nash Green, Trent Coker, Jax Harrison, and Brankevion Scott all crossed the plate in the inning. After a Christopher Callahan single, the Thomaston-Upson team was forced to take the field after batting around.

Thomaston-Upson would add another three runs in the fourth inning, as they cruised to a 19-6 victory over Manchester. Brankevion Scott led the way for the Upson County boys with two hits and three runs scored.

Thomaston-Upson All-Stars: 15

Manchester All-Stars: 5

After Manchester defeated Troup National early Saturday morning, they earned the right to face Thomaston-Upson once again. This time it was in the Championship Game, and Manchester needed to beat Thomaston-Upson twice in order to win the championship. However, the T-Town boys’ bats stayed hot, and they easily defeated Manchester by a 15-5 score.

Manchester scored one run in the first inning, and held Thomaston-Upson to zero runs. For the first time in the tournament, Thomaston-Upson trailed in a game. They would not trail for long, as they scored three runs in the second inning. Trace Peaden, Nash Green, and Trent Coker all crossed the plate, as Peaden, Coker, Trey Jones, Jack Corley, and Jaden Atwater tallied hits.

In the third inning, Thomaston-Upson busted the game open with six more runs. The big blows in the inning came from Brankevion Scott, Campbell Hinson, Gage Hill, Zach Nada, and Trace Peaden, as they all added RBI base hits.

Manchester would add four runs in the inning, but it would not be enough. Thomaston-Upson added a lone run in the fourth inning and five more runs in the fifth inning to end the game and give Thomaston-Upson the 15-5 Championship victory. Brankevion Scott, Trace Peaden, Trey Jones, and Trent Coker all led the way for the hometown team with three hits each.

The Thomaston-Upson All-Stars will play in the State Tournament this weekend in Albany. The Times will keep your posted on their progress.