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Published 10:57 pm Tuesday, June 29, 2010

One down, three more to go.

The Troy Dixie Boys came into the Sub-District championship game looking to close out the tournament and look ahead to its District games.

And that is exactly what it did, thanks to its 10-0 win over Enterprise Tuesday night at Franklin.

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“We still haven’t accomplished anything,” head coach Sam Kitchen said after the victory.

“This is a good step in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go.”

Blake Craft set the tone for Troy early and often from both the mound and at the plate.

After retiring Enterprise down in order in the top of the first, Craft gave his team an early lead in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run homer.

Craft would pitch two more innings, not surrendering a run or a hit and striking out five, while walking six.

His replacement, John Michael Stephens, was just as unhittable, as he pitched the final two innings, striking out three and not giving up a hit or walk.

The two combined to no-hit Enterprise in five innings of play.

“Blake didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but he battled all the way through for his team,” Kitchens said.

“And John Michael came in and did an outstanding job for us.”

The score remained 2-0, the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Troy bats came to life.

Troy would score eight runs in the innings, highlighted another Craft two-run home run and a Kenyatta Jones three-run homer.

Luke Hasting finished off Enterprise for good with a two-out double that drove in both John Johnson and Stephens, giving Troy the win by run-rule.

In the final two games of the tournament, Troy did not allow a run, and outscored its opponents 48-6 in the three games it played.

Even with those offensive numbers, Kitchens said he would like the team’s bats to be more consistent.

“The runs aren’t always going to be there,” he said. “We are going to have to start doing a better job of getting on base and scoring earlier.”

Troy finished with eight hits in the game.

Craft led the way, going 2-2 at the plate with two home runs and four RBIs, while Hastings finished 1-3 with two RBIs and Jones finished 1-3 with a home run and three RBIs.

“(This win feels good),” Craft said. “I thought we played pretty well (in the tournament) and now we have to continue to play this why into District.”

Troy will be in action again in next Monday in Eufaula.