Troy faces Dothan Post 12

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Troy's American Legion baseball team will get its chance to beat a quality opponent tonight.

The boys from Dothan Post 12 will face Troy today at 6 p.m. at Riddle-Pace Field on the campus of Troy State. Post 12 is, like Troy, undefeated on the season, but Post 12 has played many more games.

Troy is 6-0 on the season, but Dothan is undefeated and plays six games a week.

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"The boys I've talked to are looking forward to it," Troy coach Ron Pierce said. "It's a chance to play a good ball club."

Dothan is the defending state champion and is coming off a trip to the World Series. The players on Dothan are a little older than most of Troy's team. All have graduated high school and some are already playing at the college level.

One notable member of Dothan's team is pitcher Justin Sims. Sims graduated from Pike Liberal Arts School in May and has signed with Troy State. If he pitches today, he will pitch in the stadium he will call home for the next four years.

Sims played with several of Troy's players during his time at Charles Henderson. He defected to Pike Liberal Arts for his senior season.

Patriot catcher Wes Johnson also is on the team for Dothan.

Although Troy might be overmatched in the game, Pierce said he was excited about the game.

"I think if we play good defense and hit the ball well, we can do well," Pierce said.

Today's game is only a single game, unlike the

doubleheaders Troy has played most of the season.

Troy will play host to an American Legion tournament this weekend following today's game.