Dixie Boys roll past Crenshaw County, 18-0

Published 10:57 pm Saturday, June 26, 2010

On Friday night, the Troy Dixie Boys team played close to a three-hour game in defeating Enterprise.

Saturday night, the team played half the time, and got an even bigger win.

Troy did its best interpretation of the weather, as its bats stayed hot against Crenshaw County, as the team won 18-0 in five innings.

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“We got a few break early on,” head coach Sam Kitchens said after the game.

“But I thought the biggest things for us were Blake (Craft) throwing strikes (Saturday night) and our defense.”

Craft, who started Friday’s game however did not pitch a full inning, started against Crenshaw County – and this time, the result was more of what both he and Kitchens were accustomed to.

Craft pitched three innings, and only gave up three hits while striking out three.

At the plate, Troy gave their pitcher all the run support he would need, thanks to a big second inning.

In that inning, the team would score nine runs.

Leadoff hitter, John Johnson, got things started for Troy, and finished the game going 4-4 with three doubles, three runs scored and two RBIs.

Both Myles Loving and Rhett Tucker provided the power for Troy, as both hit home runs and combined to go 6-8 at the plate, with six RBIs.

Kenyatta Jones and Luke Hastings also had big nights, as each had one RBI.

Jones finished 2-3 with two doubles while Hastings finished 1-4 with a double.

“From the top to the bottom of the line up, all 11 kids contributed to this win – and I am proud of them for that,” he said.

“Every kid got on base some way for us.”

Nathan Fox would come in in relief of Craft in the fourth inning, only surrendering one hit.

In the two Sub-District games so far, Troy has outscored its opponents 38-6, in 11.5 innings of play.

Even though the team has put up impressive numbers, Kitchens said it has not accomplished anything.

“We are two games into this thing,” he said.

“Hopefully, we are able to keep it up but we haven’t reached any of our goals yet.”

In order to reach the goals mentioned, the coach said there is something this team will have to obtain.

“I have been preaching about team chemistry since we got this team together,” Kitchens said.

“We have the talent, and we are working on the chemistry and once we get both together, we are going to be something really special.”