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Troup tops Newton
Local boys denied berth to Dixie Youth World Series

COVINGTON - Errors had a major role in determining the Georgia representative in the 13-year-old Dixie Boys World Series as Troup County defeated the Newton County All-Stars 10-4 at City Pond Park on Tuesday.

Newton County allowed 13 free bases, five coming off errors.

"Errors hurt us again," said Newton coach Antonio Ross. "We just couldn't pull it out. We played them in two games and it just felt like they had our number."

Troup County sent Newton into the bottom bracket as a result of its 11-2 loss on Sunday.

Newton County had its back against the wall early as Troup County loaded the bases in the first inning with no outs. However, Ty Raynor was able to get two batters to pop the ball up for easy outs and registered a strikeout to retire the side.

Troup County again had runners in scoring position with no outs in the second before Raynor put the first out on the board. Avery Fuller came in and struck out the next two batters, leaving the game scoreless through two full innings.

Raynor took advantage of Nanpon Ross' ground out to give Newton the lead. Jacob Wilder made it 2-0 on a Dezmond Billingslea single in the top of the third.

Troup County cut into Newton County's lead in the home half of the third.

Newton County responded by scoring two runs in the fifth on a Shawn Guckenburger single.

It appeared as if Newton County was going to force a third game as it held a 4-1 lead with two innings left to play.

That was when disaster struck. Troup County sent 12 batters to the plate and scored eight runs to make it 9-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning.

"It kind of unraveled for us. They got the bases loaded and had a couple of good hits and a couple of good plays," the coach said.

Troup County padded its tally with an extra run in the sixth for the final score of the game.

James Russell, Billingslea and Fuller paced Newton County with two hits each.

"I'm proud of the team but it's a little disappointing, hard standing here on the other side (second place)," Ross said.

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.