Troy Junior, Senior Legion opens season

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Sports Editor

Both the Troy Junior and Senior Legion Post 70 baseball teams opened their respective seasons this past weekend.

The Junior Legion took three games out of four at the Wetumpka Summer Invitational. Other teams participating were, North Mississippi, Central Alabama, Camphill and host team Wetumpka.

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Clint Pugh, Tyson Pugh and Drew Kilpatrick all came away from the tournament with a .500 batting average. Clint and Tyson were both 3-of-6 and Kilpatrick was 5-of-10 during tournament action. Other leading batters for Troy were: David Doty (2-of-3, .667), Luke Sanders (5-of-9, .556), Blake Phelps (3-of-7, .429) and Justin Sims (5-of-12, .417).

Troy came away this weekend batting .325 as a team with pitchers Pete Van Horn, Wesley Wright and Sims giving up a combined 20 hits during the three day tournament. Troy’s defense held opponents to a collective .204 batting average.

The Junior Legion team will open play in Troy this weekend in the Troy Summer Classic. Troy will play host to Samson, Northview, West Alabama and Wetumpka in the tournament, which starts on Friday at Frazier Field and will conclude on Sunday. Troy will open the tournament on Friday against Samson at 4 p.m. Wetumpka will take the field against Samson at 6 p.m. and Troy will play Wetumpka at 8 p.m. to conclude Friday’s games.

Saturday’s action will feature: West Alabama vs. Samson (1 p.m.), Northview vs. Wetumpka (3 p.m.), Northview vs. Samson (5 p.m.), and West Alabama vs. Wetumpka (7 p.m.).

Northview will open Sunday’s games against West Alabama at noon, followed by Troy vs. West Alabama at 2 p.m. and Troy against Northview at 4 p.m.

"We’d like to get a good crowd out to this tournament," said Troy Junior Legion head coach Russ Jinright. "We’re a young team, but we’ve got some good talent at all areas."

All games will be seven innings.

The Senior Legion squad took two games over Central-Phenix City on Saturday at Hogan’s Hole. Troy won the first game 7-6 and the second 11-4.

The Troy Senior Legion played two seven inning games at Crestview High School against Valley on Tuesday and will play at Frazier Field today at 5 p.m. against Montgomery Post 210.

The game against Montgomery will be nine innings.