American comeback win

Published 2:30 am Saturday, June 27, 2009

The start was slow, but when the Troy Dixie Minor Americans got going they came out with a big win Friday night in Brantley. Troy beat Elba 14-4 after going down 3-0 in the first inning.

“It was a good game for us, but we started slow,” Troy head coach Ken LaBrant said. “We didn’t have any umpires for 45 minutes and it was tough for our guys to get going, but once they got going the bats were hot.”

Troy trailed 3-0 after the top of the first inning, but the Trojans tied the score in the bottom of the inning and outscored Elba 11-1 the rest of the way for the win.

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“We had to change pitchers in the first inning because our starter just did not get the job done,” LaBrant said.

Nicholas Lewis relieved Jack LaBrant and went three-plus innings for the win.

He struck out five batters and Wood Jinright closed the game out with four strikeouts in one-plus innings of work.

“Wood really came in there and gave them no chance for the shutdown,” LaBrant said.

Lewis led the Trojans at the plate as well, going 3-for-3 with a triple, a double and two runs scored.

LaBrant went 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and two runs scored. Jackson Murphy and Jinright each went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Charlie Tisdale was 2-for-3 with one run scored. Reed Johnson went 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Jabronski Williams scored two runs and Dawson Hamlin scored one.

Troy faces the winner of the 6 p.m. game that will be played today on Monday.