Troy Legion beats Pike

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 21, 2003

The Troy American Legion team No. 2 defeated the Pike team twice Saturday night to improve its record to 8-6.

Troy defeated Pike 4-1 in the first game and 7-2 in the second.

In both games, Troy pulled away with a big third inning.

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In the first game, Troy scored three runs in the third to break a 1-1 tie. Chris Booker, who led Troy by going 2-for-3 from the plate, led off the inning with a single. Morgan Sanders was hit by a pitch and winning pitcher Chris Davis reached on an error by the pitcher. All three batters came in to score.

Pike struck first in the game. Leadoff batter Scott Lewis reached on an error by the Troy third baseman. He later came around to score to give Pike a 1-0 lead.

Troy did not stay down long, though. Troy answered in the bottom of the first after Booker led off with a single. He later scored to tie the game at 1.

In the second game, Pike looked like it was on its way to an early lead. Pike loaded the bases in the top of the first inning with no outs. But Troy retired the next three batters to escape the jam without any harm done.

Troy pushed the first run across the plate in the bottom of the second. Troy took a 1-0 lead when Pike's catcher threw the ball into left field trying to throw out the runner at third.

Pike took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning when Brett Kohn hit a two-run home run to left field.

Troy took the game back in the bottom of the third by scoring six runs in the inning.

Brian Matney, Davis, Ahmad McClaney, Jim Wallace, Josh Sexton and Andrew Powell all crossed the plate for Troy in the decisive third inning.