Dixie Minor Nationals cruise to wins
Published 12:00 am Monday, July 3, 2006
The Troy Dixie Minor Nationals has found a very simple formula to ensure victory.
Don't let the other team hit the ball.
In the squad's two sub-district games, Troy's pitching staff notched back-to-back no-hitters.
“Our pitching has just been tremendous,” Troy head coach Allen Blackmon said. “When your pitching staff is throwing no-hitters you're in good shape. They can't beat you if they can't score, and our guys have done a good job of putting us in a position to win by keeping the other guys from hitting the ball.”
The first of Troy's two no-hitters came in an 11-0 win over Elba on Thursday.
Chandler Avant and John Michael Stephens combined to no-hit Elba. Both Avant and Stephens pitched two innings of the four-inning contest.
Lightening struck twice for Troy when Justin Adkins and John Johnson combined to no-hit Zion Chapel en route to helping Troy earn a 24-0 win on Friday night.
“One no-hitter is something, but to have our guys come out and do it in back-to-back games is incredible,” Blackmon said. “These guys have been very good. I'm really proud of them.”
While the Troy pitching staff has garnered much of the attention, the offense has also been exceptional, posting 35 runs in just eight innings.
“We're hitting the ball really well,” Blackmon said. “When you're getting no-hitters you just need one or two runs to win, but our offense has been able to score a lot of runs. We're hitting the ball really well from top to bottom.
“Everyone is hitting and that's fun to watch as a coach. I've been real pleased with the effort.
“These kids have worked really hard and they're not taking anyone lightly and it's paying off for them.”