Roundup: Pre-Majors advance; Minors, Majors fallPublished 8:15am Tuesday, July 12, 2011
ZION CHAPEL – Eufaula scored nine runs in the seventh inning to eliminate Troy American from the District 6 tournament in Zion Chapel Saturday night.
For six innings, both team’s pitchers dueled in a defensive struggle before heading to extra innings where Eufaula would prevail, 10-2.
“This was as good a Dixie Minor game as you will see,” Troy head coach Frank Scarbrough said. “ These guys played a very entertaining game.”
Troy’s Jackson Giles retired the first nine Eufaula batters he faced in order before allowing his first baserunner in the fourth. Giles would also benefit from three double plays in his 5 2/3 innings of work.
Troy led off the fourth with a walk and hit batsman. Cody Hollis then singled and Lawson Scarbrough doubled to drive home the game’s first run.
Eufaula tied the game in the sixth with a two-out RBI single that squirted through the infield. Troy then failed to score in the bottom of the inning to force extra frames.
After Eufaula’s nine-run outburst, Ty Singleton would single home Christian McCall to score Troy’s second run.
“I’m proud of this team,” Scarbrough said. “Eufaula played better than we did but both teams were fun to watch today.”
OPP – Troy Dixie Majors fell in consecutive games to Opp to be ousted from postseason play.
Troy left the bases loaded twice and lost 7-6 in nine innings Friday.
On Saturday, Troy held a 7-5 lead in the fifth before surrendering three consecutive hits with runners in scoring position. Opp would go on to win, 12-7.
Lawson Stewart and Brantley Lecroy combined to shut down Columbia 7-1 in the district championship game Saturday.
Troy defeated Greenville and Enterprise before falling to Columbia on Friday leaving three teams with one loss each.
Troy then beat Opp to force a rematch with Columbia.
Lecroy launched a 2-run homerun in the first inning to propel Troy to the victory.
Troy will travel to Guntersville for the state tournament beginning July 14.