Swinging into motion

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 21, 2010

And just like that, the games are underway.

The past weekend, the recreation tournament softball teams took the field for one final game tune-up before the Sub-District starts up this weekend.

Each league was involved in its own tournament at the Troy Sportplex, which was proceeded by pool play, which was held at Troy University, Pike Liberal Arts and the Sportsplex.

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Unfortunately, each of the teams could not play a full day of games, as inclement weather forced each of the single-elimination tournaments to come to a halt, just as tournament play was beginning.

Each of the teams representing Troy shared different levels of success throughout Saturday.

In the Dixie Ponytails league, Troy finished with a 1-0-1 record, thanks to an opening round win over Montgomery Gray and a tie against Rehoboeth in the second pool-play match.

Troy had an opportunity to win in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Laken Maulden reach base with a single but ended up being stranded on third.

“We [were] hitting the ball well, and our pitching and defense is looking pretty good,” assistant coach Cary Maulden said after the game.

The Troy team will be in action again this weekend in the Sub-District tournament at the Sportsplex.

The Dixie Angels’ Troy team may not have finished with the results it wanted, but still got some good practice time in during Saturday’s games.

Troy lost to Zion Chapel in the first game and Rehobeth in the second, both in pool play.

After falling 2-1 in the first game, Troy found themselves down 6-0 after one inning to Rehobeth, however, the team battled back to score four runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning thanks to RBIs from Daisy Bradley, Gracie Scarbrough and Abby Lee. Troy wouldn’t score again, as it lost 6-4.

In the Dixie Darlings’ league, Troy could not be stopped from scoring runs, as the team defeated Zion Chapel 17-2 and Enterprise 21-7.

Every Troy player scored two runs or more on Saturday.

After taking a one run, 8-7, lead into the second inning, Troy scored 13 runs in the next two innings to go on to the victory over Enterprise.

Aubrey Maulden, Fanauria Cardwell, Graci Williams Whittaka Starks, Amari Guice, Hannah Calhoun and Emma Kirpatrick all scored twice in that three-inning game.

Like the Darlings team, the Troy Dixie Belles team had not problems putting runs on the scoreboard.

In the first game of the single-elimination tournament, Troy made quick work of Dothan, as it won 25-0 in two innings.

“I feel great about this team,” Buddy Mehaffey said. “They are playing and practicing hard everyday and want to win.”