Hits piling up

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Troy Pre-Minor Tournament team must want to raise a lot of money because the team seems to be stuck on scoring 16 runs. In each of the team’s first three games the group has scored 16 runs. They beat the Greenville Nationals 16-1 Monday to reach the semifinals of the tournament in Troy.

“We seemed to be on a roll with 16,” Troy head coach Frank Scarbrough said. “We really hit the baseball solid tonight and that is great.”

The team added 23 hits to the tally for the Miracle Field donation. The total for the tournament stands at 75 hits. For each hit a player makes his sponsor will donate a certain amount of money at the end of the tournament season to the Troy Miracle Field donation.

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“They are having so much fun out there trying to figure out how much money they have raised and I am just so glad to be a part of this,” Scarbrough said.

As far as the game of baseball is concerned, Scarbrough said the team is not only hitting the ball, but playing great defense as well. They have allowed only four runs in three games.

“It is one thing to hit the ball well, but it is another to take the best the other team has got and make the plays,” Scarbrough said. “It kind of takes the wind out of their sails. But that is not what we are about. I am just glad the kids are having fun raising money.”

The win puts the Trojans two wins from a championship and a bald head coach. After the first game of the tournament Scarbrough found out that if the team wins the tournament he is going to have a shaved head.

Troy faces Luverne today at 8 p.m.

The Troy Belles and Ozone Rookies were off Monday and play in the championship game of their respective divisions today at 6 p.m. with the if necessary game at 8 p.m.

Tristen Carter hit an inside the park home run to open the scoring for Troy on the first pitch of the game. Greenville tied the score at 1-1 when Tyland scored, but Troy added three runs in the second, seven in the third and five in the fifth for the mercy rule victory.

Brock Huner and Will Reeves each scored three runs for Troy. Carter, Noah Phillips and Daniel Phillips each scored two runs and De’Quavian Toney, Jackson Giles, Cody Hollis and Noah Lowery each had one run scored.

In other Troy baseball action, the Ozone Americans beat the Enterprise Americans 14-2 in Eufaula and play tomorrow at 6 p.m., the Ozone Nationals were eliminated in Eufaula by the Enterprise Nationals 2-1, the Minor Americans lost to New Brockton 3-1 in Brantley and play tomorrow at 6 p.m and the Farm Nationals eliminated Enterprise’s Nationals and play the Troy Americans tomorrow at 6 p.m. in Luverne.

In other Troy softball action, the Ponytails beat Eufaula 4-3 and face Dothan Blue for the championship today at 6 p.m. with an if necessary game at 8 p.m.

Click here for photos from Monday’s game