Post 70 sweeps Firecracker Invitational

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Sports Editor

The Troy Junior Legion completed a four game sweep at the West Alabama Firecracker Invitational held in Demopolis to improve to 21-7 on the season.

Troy handed out losses to Wetumpka, Northview, South Tuscaloosa and West Alabama.

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"It’s good for us to go up there and win all four games we played in," said Post 70 head coach Russ Jinright. "When we prove that we can win four, five or six games straight, that just goes to show that we can do well once district and state competition starts."

The second game on Thursday against Tuscaloosa Post 34 was called after the third inning of play due to rain.




Wesley Wright led Troy with two singles and a homerun as Post 70 opened tournament play with a close 6-4 win over Wetumpka.

Wright’s homer was a grand slam and came in the bottom of fifth inning when Wetumpka was up 3-1 on Post 70, following a two-run dinger by third baseman Brian Booth.

Daniel Porter had two hits for Troy. Clint Pugh had a double and a single while David Doty, Drew Kilpatrick, Chase Clower and Blake Phelps all had hits.

Doty picked up the win for Troy.



Troy finished West Alabama off in five innings to take their second win of the tournament 10-0.

Brett Pierce had two singles for Troy, while Wright added a double and a single. Porter, Chase Kelly, Tyson Pugh, Kilpatrick, Clint Pugh, Jake Kitchens and Matthew Johnson all had hits as well. Clower added a triple for Troy.

Justin Sims was winning pitcher for Troy, striking out five batters and giving up four hits.



Down 3-2 in the sixth inning, Pierce and Brandon Hooks both launched homeruns to give Post 70 a 5-3 win over Northview.

Sims had single RBI in the first inning to drive home Pierce in the first inning. A triple by Clint Pugh scored Kilpatrick in the fifth, who had reached prior to Pugh’s hit on a double.

Johnson was Troy’s winning pitcher.



Troy was able to use a three-run, third inning and two runs in the fourth to down South Tuscaloosa 6-4 in the final game of the tournament.

Wright drove home Pierce with a double in the first inning for Troy’s initial score of the game. Clower led off the third inning with a single, followed by a single by Pierce, and Sims launched a homer to put Post 70 up 4-2.

Sims and Pierce added two more runs for Troy in the fourth.