Extra celebration!

Published 11:48 pm Monday, June 28, 2010

Six innings just weren’t enough for an elimination game between the Troy Americans and the Eufaula Americans Monday night at the District 9 coach pitch tournament.

Instead, the game went into extra innings, where Noah Prestwood’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh gave Troy the walk-off 4-3 win.

Troy had runner on first and second with no outs when Prestwood came to the plate.

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Prestwood popped up a pitch between the first and second baseman, but the ball was not caught by the Eufaula defense.

Jackson Senn, who had been on first, then broke for second base, causing the Eufaula defense to try and record the out at second.

When that happened, however, Parker Sessions came all the way around from second to score, giving Troy the 4-3 win.

Troy head coach Brett Stallworth had called timeout just prior to Prestwood’s at-bat, giving his young player some words of advice.

“We had actually worked with him on hitting the ball towards first base,” Stallworth said.

“So, I told him to try to do that so we could move those runners over from first and second, and he did that perfectly.”

The two teams traded runs for practically the entire game, as both scored two runs in the first inning and one run in the fourth inning.

Eufaula started the scoring with RBI singles from Hess Horne and Jeremy Hayes in the top of the first before Troy answered with RBI singles from Sessions and Senn in the bottom half of the inning.

In the fourth, Christopher Neuman hit an RBI single for Eufaula, while Senn scored Sessions with an RBI double to tie the game at 3, and set the stage for extra innings.

“It was a very exciting game,” Stallworth said. “We didn’t hit the ball as well as we did Saturday, but the kids hung in there, and they stayed focused. Then, there at the end, they hit when they needed to.”

Senn was 3-3 with a double and 2 RBIs, while Sessions was 3-3 with an RBI and three runs scored to lead Troy. Prestwood was 1-3 with the game-winning RBI, and Dalton Stephens was a perfect 2-2 on the day. For Eufaula, Bramlette Gray was 3-3, Horne was 2-3 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored and Davis Wingate was 2-3 with a run scored.

By virtue of Troy National’s loss Monday night, Troy American is the only Troy team left in the tournament. The Americans will face Crenshaw County today at 5: 30 p.m. in an elimination game.

“It’s like I said before, when these kids get up, they stay up, so now that they’re up, we just have to make sure we keep them focused on the next game,” Stallworth said.