Dixie Boys 14-year-olds inch closer to title

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 23, 2003

The Dixie Boys 14-year-old team just may have found its way into the championship game of the sub-district tournament in Luverne.

Troy led Greenville 9-0 in the top of the fourth inning in the semifinal game. The game was not over by press time, so final results will be in Wednesday's edition of The Messenger.

If Troy held on for the win, the boys would have today off and will be in the championship game Wednesday against either Greenville, or the winner the Luverne-Highland Home game.

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The Dixie Boys 14-year-old team worked its way to the semifinal round of the Sub-District Tournament in Luverne with a high-powered offense.

In the first game Friday night, Troy hit an amazing .463 in a high scoring, 22-11 win over Luverne. Chase Rogers grabbed four hits on the night, while hitting 4-for-6. He also stole a base.

Taylor Sunday was a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of walks and two stolen bases. Tanner Hensley went 2-for-5 with a home run, and Josh Dykes went 1-for-1 with a walk and four stolen bases.

In all, Troy batters hit 19-for-41 with 11 stolen bases. The Troy batters were also patient at the plate, drawing seven walks in the game.

On Saturday, Troy held Highland Home to a few less runs but still managed a lop-sided victory. Troy defeated Highland Home12-4 to advance to Monday night's semifinal game.

The team only batted at a .393 clip in that game, but the 12 runs were plenty to defeat Highland Home. Once again, Hensley provided a solid bat for Troy. He hit 2-for-4 on the day and stole a base.

The most excitement came from Jonathan Goolsby. Goolsby made the most of his only at bat, driving a home run in his lone attempt.

For the game, Troy hit 11-for-28 with a home run, stole three bases and drew four walks.