Troy edges out both Ozark, Eufaula in 14-year-old tourney
The Troy Dixie Boys 14-year-old team remained in the winner’s bracket with a 4-3 comeback win over Ozark on Sunday in district tournament play at Enterprise.
Chase Bradley’s three-run homer over centerfield tied the game on Saturday night but the game was called in the sixth inning due to thundershowers.
When play resumed on Sunday, Ozark went down in order in the bottom of the sixth. The game would go extra innings with Troy loading the bases on two singles by Clay Helms and Jim Wallace and Brent Kohn being issued a walk in the top of the seventh. However, Troy couldn’t push anyone home.
Likewise, Ozark put runners in scoring position at second and third in their half of the seventh
but couldn’t score.
In the top of the ninth, Kohn led off with a single, stole second base and came home on a double by Marquazs Toney.
Bradley shut down Ozark in the ninth to preserve the win. Bradley closed the game, coming into the ballgame in the sixth inning and pitching four shutout innings. He struck out six batters and gave up one hit to pick up the win.
Toney pitched the first five innings for Troy and struck out nine batters, giving up three hits which led to Ozark taking a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
In the sixth, Kohn and Toney opened with singles and Bradley notched the game up at three runs apiece with his home run.
Wallace, Kohn, Toney, Bradley, Drew Walker, Chris Davis, Cooper Nichols and Helms all had hits to lead Troy.
On Friday, Troy opened the tournament with a 4-3 decision over Eufaula, taking an early four run lead and then holding on for the win.
Kohn stole home plate after being hit by a pitch in the first inning. Troy added an additional run in the second as Griggs reached on a basehit scored on a pass ball.
In the fourth, Troy took a 4-0 lead when both Bradley and Walker rounded the bases. Bradley reached first on a single and Walker on a fielder’s choice.
Eufaula scored two runs in the sixth and one run in the seventh, but for the most part were handcuffed by Kohn, who picked up the win for Troy. Kohn pitched six innings, striking out 11 Eufaula batters and giving up three hits. Toney earned the save when he came into the ball game in the seventh, striking out two batters and giving up no hits.
Troy played Enterprise late Monday.
– Special thanks to Cot Wallace for providing information on Troy 14-year-old team.