Dothan hands Americans 6-2 loss

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Sports Editor

GREENVILLE – Troy Americans’ head coach Philip East put it best to his team following their 6-1 defeat at the hands of Dothan National Red on Tuesday night:

"Guys, we just didn’t hit the ball," East said.

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Especially not in critical situations.

Troy left eight runners stranded in the ball game and Dothan’s Ross Fuller knocked a two-run homer to highlight the Reds’ attack.

Troy opened with a 1-0 lead in the first as Jonathan Wade singled and came home on a passed ball.

Dothan countered in the second, getting RBI hits from Adam Barnes and Jordan Reid to take the 2-1 lead.

Fuller’s homerun in the third put Dothan up by three runs. Alex Adams and Justin Sanders had two hits to load the bases for Troy in their at-bat, but the Americans couldn’t get anyone home.

Justin Henderson drove in Rickey Goodwin from second base with a single in the fourth as Troy pulled within two runs of the lead, 4-2.

But Dothan loaded the bases in the fifth and sent two runners home on forced outs to first base.

Wade had three hits to lead the Troy Americans and Adams added two. Brady, Henderson and Justin Sanders each had one hit apiece.

The Americans play Greenville tonight at 6 p.m.

Troy Nationals 4

Greenville 1

David Williams struck out 17 of the 18 batters he faced as Troy National downed the host-Greenville team 4-1 in the late game on Tuesday night.

Williams retired 13 straight batters and gave up only one hit and one run.