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Troy pounds out another win

In the longest five-inning, mercy-rule shortened game in a while, the Troy Boys Tournament team pounded Ashford 20-1 Wednesday afternoon at the Troy Sportsplex. Troy continued to surge in the second round of the tournament only 16 hours after they beat Ozark 25-1 in five innings.

Troy was beating Ashford 20-1 before a weather delay of two-and-a-half hours turned the game into a four-hour affair. Troy finished Ashford off at 8:20 p.m.

“We are just doing our job and doing everything right now,” Troy head coach Britt Newman said. “Our pitchers are doing what they are supposed to and we are supporting them at the plate.”

Michael Carroll pitched a complete game for the win Wednesday and Reid Dickey picked up the win on Tuesday. Carroll had four strikeouts.

Troy opened the game with six straight batters reaching base. Michael Fox opened the game with a single, Lawson Stewart followed with a single, Tehron Stallworth was hit by a pitch and then Jalin Lawson, Brantley LeCroy and Reid Dickey each had a double and Troy was up 5-0 before the first out was recorded.

Stewart added another hit in the inning and the Trojans added four more runs for a 9-0 lead. Stewart scored twice in the inning and Fox, Stallworth, Lawson, LeCroy, Dickey, Austin Rushing and Josh Starling each scored in the inning.

Dickey, Rushing and Starling each scored again in the second inning, Stallworth scored in the third and Stewart, Stallworth, Lawson, LeCroy, Dickey, Robert Benton and Taytom Barnes scored in the fourth.

After Ashford completed its half of the fourth, lightning was spotted and play was halted right before the downpour hit the Sportsplex.

“We are playing together and if we continue to do this we should go far in the tournament,”

Dylan Smith scored Ashford’s lone run on a home run in the third.

Troy faces the winner of the Dothan-Columbia-Webb game tonight at 8 p.m. The Dothan-Columbia-Webb game began after press time and the results will be in tomorrow’s Messenger.

Enterprise 14

Luverne 1

Luverne scored the first run of the game in the first inning to grab a 1-0 lead over Enterprise in an elimination game at the Sportsplex Wednesday. Enterprise tied the score at 1-1 in the third and added eight runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth for the 14-1 win.

Jacob Watson, Billy Jacobs, Tommy Stockhausen, Seth Hundley and Christopher Clark each scored two runs for Enterprise and Ryan Holub, Robbie Stockhausen, Brett Dunaway and Brian Burnett each had one run scored.

Kentrell Jones scored Luverne’s only run.

Troy 25

Ozark 1

Troy wasted no time Tuesday night in a mercy-rule shortened win over Ozark in the first round of the tournament at the Troy Sportsplex. Troy won 25-1 and scored at least five runs in each of the four innings it batted. The team batted around the order in every inning.

Michael Fox, Lawson Stewart, Robert Benton, Josh Starling and Taytom Barnes scored to open the scoring in the first inning. Stewart, Benton, Jalin Lawson, Barnes, Reid Dickey and Brantley LeCroy each crossed the plate in the second inning.

Fox, Benton, Lawson, Starling, Dustin Newman, Dickey and LeCroy all scored in the third and Fox, Stewart, Benton, Lawson, Starling, Newman and Dickey crossed home in the fourth.

Troy had 15 hits in the game, but Ozark walked 12 batters in the game.

Nathan Miller scored Ozark’s only run in the game.

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