The Troy Americans almost advanced to the semifinal round of the district tournament Monday.
But instead of tears of joy, the Troy team shed tears of disappointment following a heartbreaking loss to Enterprise. Troy allowed two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to drop a 7-6 decision. The Americans suffered their second one-run loss in as many games.
"We just didn't get the breaks," coach Mark Goodson said. "Enterprise has a real good ball team."
The Americans lost to the Troy Nationals in the first game of the tournament 2-1 in seven innings. Following a bye and some rain delays, the Americans were playing their first game since that defeat.
It appeared Troy would get the win, taking a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. However, fielding errors allowed base runners to reach base. Enterprise tied the game at 6 and had a runner on third without any outs.
Troy got a strikeout for the first out of the inning, and the next batter flew out to centerfield. The center fielder threw home and the play at the plate was so close the Troy parents started cheering. However, the runner was safe, and Enterprise won the game.
"This was tough, but that's the way it goes sometimes," Goodson said.
Alex Adams led the Americans at the plate, hitting 2-for-2 with a double. David Fleming went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored to help the Troy effort.
Quay Lawson, Jared Rogers, Parker Sanders and Mitch McLeod all recorded hits for Troy. Clifton Brady was 0-for-2, but managed to score a run on the night.
Troy started the game off well, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Enterprise answered, though, with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.
The game remained tied until the top of the fourth inning when Troy scored two more runs. Once again, Enterprise answered to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning.
Troy took its final lead in the top of the fifth with one run. Neither team scored again until the bottom of the sixth when Enterprise won the game.