Dixie Majors powers to first win of season

Published 10:28 pm Monday, June 20, 2011

For the first time all summer, the Dixie Majors were in action on the baseball diamond in a game Tuesday night.

And the team opened up its tournament season with a bang.

Playing at Charles Henderson’s Frazier Field, the Troy team played host to Columbia, a 17-and-under team made up of ball players from parts of Georgia and Alabama.

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When it was all said and done, the home team came away with a 12-0 victory, thanks in part to Caleb Cunningham, who finished with a double and a home run.

In all, Gregory Barnett, Dalton Harris, Mitch McLeod, Chase Hall all had one hit, while Layton Grant finished with a single and double.

“All these kids can really play,” head coach Russ Harris said after the game.

“Like I said, earlier, all I am really doing is feeling the lineup out. It’s a lot of fun to watch all of these guys play on the same field.”

Blake Hutchinson got the start on the mound, tossing the first three innings.

Dalton Harris came in for two innings, while Josh Starling finished off the game.

Between those three hurlers, Troy gave up just one hit to Columbia.

This was the team’s first game of the season thanks to several previous cancellations and the inclement weather that hit the Wiregrass area late last week.

By the time the first pitch was thrown, Harris said he knew his guys were ready to go.

“Each and every single one of those kids were ready to play,” the coach said. “And you could tell at the start of the game all the way through the end.

“You could tell that they all were ready to play with each other again too. It’s been a while since they were all on the same team. This is all just really special.”

The team will be back in action on Wednesday night as they hit the road to take on Opp before returning to Troy for a Thursday night doubleheader at Pike Liberal Arts.

“Our guys played excellent ball (Tuesday night),” Harris said, “and I wasn’t surprised at all.

“All the guys know how good their teammates are, so they want to play as well as they can for every pitch. I’m really enjoying this.”