Troy eliminated by Opelika in extrasPublished 10:31pm Thursday, July 25, 2013
Opelika overcame a 2-0 sixth inning deficit to rebound and knock off, and eliminate, host team Troy from the 2013 Dixie O-Zone Alabama State Tournament on Thursday.
Opelika’s Jaichis Holmes homered in the sixth inning, and Kory McCoy did the same in the seventh to send the game to extra innings.
In the ninth, Opelika loaded the bases before a Jackson Craft single brought home Colten Dunsans and McCoy to end the game.
Troy head coach Chris Huner said that his team accomplished a lot of the last few days.
“This group of players never gave in,” Huner said. “We proved that we deserved to be here. They earned the respect of all the teams here pretty quick.”
Troy’s first two runs of the game came in the third inning when Tyrell Jones and Will Reeves came across on a throwing errors,
In the top of the ninth, Jones singled in Brock Huner to give Troy a short-lived lead.
Twelve hours passed from the final out of Troy’s 14-11 win over Taylorville to first pitch of their 4-3 extra-inning loss to Opelika. In the 24-hour stretch from early Wednesday to Thursday morning, Troy played baseball for more than seven combined hours.
“These kids played two nine inning games and a three hour game in between them,” Huner said. “They have a lot of stamina and a lot of character. I couldn’t be any prouder of a group of 12 young men, than I am of those guys.”
During the tournament, Troy set a new record for total hits with 65, breaking the record held by the 2008 Troy team.
Though Troy exits the tournament early, Huner feels that the season was a success.
“It has been a great summer,” Huner said. “We have played a lot of games. We played 16 games, counting practice games, and finished 14-2, with two one-run losses. The bottom line is that the boys got better as baseball players.”
Troy was lead at the plate by Tyrell Jones. Jones finished the day 2-for-3 with a RBI. Noah Phillips went 3-for-3 with a double.