Belles take out East Montgomery
The Troy Dixie Belles came into Monday night’s game seeking revenge.
And when it was all said and done, that’s exactly what it got.
The only team to defeat the Belles this tournament season has been East Montgomery, and when the two teams met again on Monday, it was Troy that came out on top and taking another huge step towards the World Series in the process.
Troy took out East Montgomery 4-1 in what head coach Buddy Mehaffey called a ‘great game.’
“They girls were ready for this – they wanted revenge.
“I told them before the game, it was all up to them and they took care of business and got a huge win,” he added.
Like she did on Saturday, Becca Hartley handled East Montgomery with relative ease, but unlike Saturday, the bullpen, did their job as well.
Both Stephanie and Kristen Finlayson pitched in relief and did not allow their opponent to do anything, as East Montgomery finished with just one hit.
Both Hartley and Stephanie finished with three strikeouts in three innings, while Kristen finished with one strikeout in one inning.
“All three of our pitchers did an excellent job (Monday night),” Mehaffey said. “I can’t say enough about how proud I am of them.”
Offensively, Troy got things started in the third inning, when Victoria Outlaw hit her second home run of the tournament and against East Montgomery to give her team a 1-0 lead.
In the next inning, after reaching base thanks to a single, Hannah Fountain gave Troy its second run of the game when she stole home.
In the fifth, Troy would add two more thanks to a Mary Margaret Starling and Stephanie Finlayson RBI singles, which brought home both Rachel Senn and Olivia Hudson.
Shelby Hughes and Aliyah Holland also finished with hits as well.
The Belles will now take on the winner of the Hartselle/ Geneva game for the right to move onto the World Series.
“The pressure is going to be on the girls (to go to the World Series),” Mehaffey said. “But they know what they want and they are focused on getting there.”