The Troy Dixie Minor Rookies and O-Zone Rookies are competing for state titles in Muscle Shoals today. The teams hope to bring two trophies back to Troy. (Submitted photo)
The Troy Dixie Minor Rookies and O-Zone Rookies are competing for state titles in Muscle Shoals today. The teams hope to bring two trophies back to Troy. (Submitted photo)

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Both Troy rookie teams to compete for state title

Published 10:31pm Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Shoals is an area in northwestern Alabama, including the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, Underwood and Sheffield.

But for a few short days in the next week, Troy may become an unofficial town in the area. Four different Troy recreation teams will take part in state tournaments in the area over the course of the next five days.

Two of the those teams, the Dixie Minor Rookies and O-Zone Rookies have already won their respective brackets and sit just two wins away from an Alabama State Championship. The Dixie Minor Rookies, led by head coach Chris Huner, face off with Muscle Shoals.

The O-Zone Rookies, and head coach Chad Copeland, will meet either AUM or Bay Minette.

Both teams clinched title series berths by winning their bracket on Monday. The Dixie Minors knocked off Enterprise 4-1 and O-Zone bested Decatur American 9-7.

Both teams had an off day on Tuesday, and planned to use the time to rest, relax and prep for the title series.

“We are going to let the kids relax some, but we will definitely practice and think about baseball,” said Copeland. “They know how important the first game is, and will be ready to play on Wednesday.”

Huner said that his team will also take the day to rest a little, but will have their minds ready to bring home another state championship to Troy.

“We will see the home team in the championship,” said Huner. “They want to keep the trophy here, but we want to take it back with us. It will be a great day of baseball for all of Troy.”

First pitch for the both series’ is set for 10 a.m. And the second game will begin at 2 p.m.. The if needed game will be played on Thursday.

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