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Troy Marlins suffer first defeat of TABL season

The Luverne Braves swept their doubleheader Sunday in Troy American Baseball League action. The Braves defeated the Pirates 11-5 and the Marlins 8-5, to hand the Marlins their first loss of the season.

The Braves defeated the Marlins 8-5 on the strength of a seven-run sixth inning. The Marlins led 5-1 heading into the inning, but the Braves battled back.

Chad Horne started the rally with a one-out single. Alex Long followed with a walk, and Travis Weeks drew a two-out walk to load the bases. Cody Dawson then hit a triple, and Heath Sexton hit a single.

Scott Scoggins reached on an error and Ryan Duncan hit an RBI triple. All seven of those Braves batters scored in the inning to give the Marlins their first loss of the season. Weeks scored the Braves' first run in the fifth inning.

The Marlins squandered a 5-0 lead in the game. Matt Floyd got the Marlins on the board in the first inning with a solo home run. The Marlins added four more runs in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead.

Floyd walked to start the inning. Marcus Bryant singled him home. After Brock Keith singled, Wes Johnson hit a three-run home run to give the Marlins a 5-0 lead.

In the game against the Pirates, the Braves scored early and often. The Braves scored four runs in the second, three in the third, two more in the fifth and two in the sixth for an 11-5 victory.

Weeks hit a one-out single to start the scoring in the second. He was followed with a Wayne Weeks single and a Scoggins walk.

Ryan Duncan reached on an error, and all four ended up scoring in the inning.

Lee Kelly started the third inning off with a walk, and Wayne Weeks scored Kelly with a hit. Duncan hit a two-run home run to put the Braves ahead 7-0.

The lead increased to 9-0 in the fourth inning. Long hit a lead-off triple and scored on Kelly's single. Kelly scored on a passed ball for the 9-0 lead.

The Pirates made a comeback attempt in the fifth inning. Davis Spears, Todd Copeland, Chad Edwards, Josh Barbaree and Daniel Boutwell scored runs in the fifth to cut the Braves' lead to 9-5.

The Braves added two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Kelly hit a two-run single to score Long and Dawson.