Troy Nationals fall to Enterprise
Entering Monday’s action in the Farm league District Tournament, two Troy teams looked to stay alive in the elimination round.
Unfortunately by sundown, one of those teams was unable to withstand a late inning rally.
After winning it’s first game Friday night over the Troy Americans, the Troy Nationals hit a bit of slump, losing to the Eufaula Nationals on Saturday night and then losing again Monday night to the Enterprise Americans, 3-2, ending the team’s season.
“It was a tough loss,” Copeland said following the defeat.
“But I thought we played a good game, especially defensively. I think we played lights out in the field. Anytime a team made up of six-and-seven-year-olds doesn’t commit an error it’s always very impressive.”
Several of Troy’s players, including Elijah Caldwell, Rodarius Christian and Press Jefcoat, all made outstanding catches in the field to help keep their team in the game.
Troy was only able to muster up eight hits in six innings – a statistic that Copeland, the team’s pitching coach, said he would take the blame for it.
“I think the pitching got to us tonight.
“It wasn’t the best (Monday night),” the coach added.
Jefcoat, Scott-Taylor Renfroe, Christian, Davis Allen, Keith Wheeler, Caldwell and Nathan Braisted all got hits for Troy.
Enterprise took the first lead of the game in the bottom of the first, when it scored a run with two outs in the game.
Troy would answer in the next half inning with a run of their own, however.
Christian led the inning off with a single and a batter later, Allen would bring him home with a single of his own.
Troy would take the lead in the following inning thanks to another leadoff single, this time by Caldwell.
Following the single, Bailey Sparrow came to the plate and was able to advance Caldwell to third base.
A throwing error during the same play allowed Caldwell to touch home plate, giving Troy the lead in the process.
It would not last though, as Enterprise rallied for a run of their own in the bottom of the third inning and then the go ahead run in the bottom of the fourth inning, giving the out of town team a 3-2 lead and one it would not relinquish.
“All this team wanted to do was play ball, and that’s what they were able to do – and they did a good job of it,” Copeland said about this team. “There isn’t much that will get these kids down.”
Even though the team’s tournament season run may not have lasted as long as anyone from Troy would have hoped, Copeland said this team has a lot to be proud of.
“This is a great group of kids. We played seven games together, between warm-up games and tournament games, and they all improved a lot throughout the way. I know they will all be back next year,” he said.