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Troy O-Zone bounces back against Slocomb, prepares for next challenge

While things didn’t work out the way the Troy Dixie Youth O-zone team had hoped for in its opening game of the District tournament Friday night in Enterprise, it got the result it needed on Saturday.

Coming off a loss to the Enterprise Americans team, Troy was looking to bounce back against Slocomb – and that is exactly what it did, thanks to a 14-4 win.

“I think the team really pulled together,” head coach Rickey Henderson said about the team’s victory.

“We had to fight back and the team did a great job of doing what they were supposed to do.”

Troy was able avoid elimination thanks to a productive night at the plate and on the mound.

The team finished with eight hits in the game, two of which were out of the park.

Nick Lewis hit a home run and Cole Wilson hit a grand slam in the big Troy win, while Drew Starling, DeAndre Pitts, Coleby Roberts and Montana Brown all contributed with hits of their own.

“I think we hit the ball really well (on Saturday night),” Henderson said.

“We limited our mistakes and if we continue to play like this, I think we will continue to win.”

On the mound, Wilson started off for Troy and was nearly unhittable, pitching two innings and allowing only one hit while striking out three.

Pitts came in in relief for Wilson, pitching two innings and surrendering four runs off of three hits, while striking out three.

“Both guys did an excellent job for us,” the coach said about his pitchers.

“They were able to get the job done. I couldn’t have asked for better performances.”

With the win, Troy will now take on the Enterprise Nationals team in Enterprise at 6 p.m, Monday night.

Even though Sunday was a day-off from tournament action, Henderson and his team were back on the field preparing for the next challenge.

“We are just trying to stay loose for the game,” he said.

“Hopefully, we are able to continue what we started yesterday on Monday.”