Post 70 advances to championship round with win
Published 12:00 am Monday, July 3, 2006
For much of the season Troy Post 70 hasn't had much to prove.
The squad raced out to a 20-3-1 record before finally running into some adversity on June 27, when Northview came to Troy and earned a sweep after picking up a pair of one-run wins.
The two losses - Post 70's first back-to-back losses of the season - left a sour taste in the squad's mouth.
It also left the squad feeling like it needed to prove itself all over again.
On Saturday, Troy did just that while also replacing the sour taste with the sweet taste of victory as the squad notched a 6-0 win over Northview in the second round of the G.W. Long Tournament.
“This was a big win,” Troy Post 70 coach Russ Jinright said. “We wanted this game bad since they came to Troy and beat us twice. Early in the season we beat Rutherford, and that was a big win, but this win is bigger because of the fact that Northview got two on us earlier.”
Post 70's win evens the season series between the teams at two games apiece.
Troy left-hander Tanner Hensley earned the win on the mound for Post 70 after tossing seven innings, allowing just two hits, while fanning eight Northview batters.
“Tanner pitched well,” Jinright said. “He did a good job of getting ahead of batters and giving us a chance to win, and offensively we hit the ball well. That's probably the best we've hit the ball in a while.
“There were some games where we got a pile of hits, but this time we did it against some really good pitching.”
The win not only helped Post 70 avenge the Northview sweep, but it also secured Troy a spot in the tournament's championship game on Sunday after the squad opened
the tournament with an 8-2 win over tournament-host G.W. Long.
“We looked good in that first game,” Jinright said. “It was obvious the guys wanted to get back out on the field after the way we played against Northview to end last week and it showed in the way the way they played.”
William Teal notched the win for Troy by tossing seven inning, allowing two runs on four hits, while striking out nine.
“William looked good,” Jinright said.
“He had a tough outing against Northview, but he rebounded well and threw a heck of game for us against G.W. Long.”