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Belles blast Opp

DOTHAN – The Troy Dixie Belles team rolled into District Tournament after sweeping through the Sub-District last weekend.

And even though the tournaments changed, the result stayed the same.

Troy took out Opp in its first round game 14-3 in Dothan on Friday night thanks to clutch hitting, fielding and pitching.

“This was a big confidence builder for us,” head coach Buddy Mehaffey said after the game.

“The girls hung in there, never dropped their heads and battled back.”

While the score may look a little lopsided, it wasn’t the case early on for Troy, as Opp took a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Becca Hartley started in the pitcher’s circle for Troy and even though she had a rough start, she was able to settle down and shut down the Opp batters, pitching three innings giving up three runs off of three hits while striking out three.

In the second inning is when the Troy offense came alive.

Victoria Outlaw and Aliyah Holland both had big RBI doubles for their team while Kristen Finlayson added an RBI single to bring Troy back to an even playing field at 3-3.

In every inning after that, Troy scored at least once when it came up to bat.

Troy scored four times in both the third and sixth innings, while in the fourth Troy scored once and in the five, Troy scored three times.

“Hopefully, we are able to continue to play this well (offensively),” Mehaffey said.

Kristen Finlayson came in in relief of Hartley, and like her pitching teammate, she took care of the Opp batters, striking out four, while just giving up one hit in two innings of work.

“I really liked what I saw from our pitchers (Friday night),” the coach said.

“They did a great job of getting the ball to the plate.”

At the plate, every Troy batter reached base at least once, while 10 different batters had an RBI and 10 different batters scored at least one run.

Troy will be in action again today against the same opponent it beat last night in Opp.