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Troy Senior Legion splits with

Capitol City after extended break

By STEVEN G. WATSON

Sports Editor

Teams aren’t always at their best after a long break and the Troy Post 70 Senior Legion baseball team can attest to that after Sunday’s performance against Capital City.

After a 10-day lay off, Troy came into the game rusty committing nearly 10 errors and dropping the first game of a double header 13-4.

"It was typical of a team that’s been off for as long as we have," Troy head coach Bruce Mathews said. "We didn’t play worth a flip and didn’t hit the ball well either. You’re not going to beat many teams at all committing that many errors."

In the second game of the day, Troy woke up and played ball.

Kevin Stephens pitched all seven innings holding strong on the mound allowing only three hits and striking out six in a 9-1 win. The only Capital City run came on a solo home run in the top of the seventh and final inning, but it was to little to late for the visiting team.

"Kevin really came back in that second game ready to play," Mathews said. "He was really tired after two games and gave up that one homer, but that was really his only mistake of the second game.

"It was like night and day between the first and second game," he continued. "They played great defense and that was the difference. In the second game we played error-free ball and hit the ball better getting those key hits at the right times."

Hunter Mathews was able to homer in both games going 2-for-3 in game one as well as game two. He hit a solo shot in the first game and a three-run blast in the second.

In the first game, Jared Kelly and Jason Barron also had a pair of hits while Will Jones, Chris Boswell and Todd Clements all had hits as well. Boswell and Barron had two hits each going 2-for-4 and Barron notching four RBI’s. Gralheer, Clements, Stephens and David Taylor all had hits.

Next up for the team will be a trip to Dothan High School to play the Dothan Tigers Saturday.