Lawson’s double lifts Troy past Eufaula

Published 9:55 pm Saturday, July 7, 2012

Troy's Blake Childs releases a pitch during a game in the district tournament in Troy, Ala., Saturday, July 7, 2012. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)

Jerrell Lawson laced a double into the left-centerfield gap with the bases loaded to lift Troy past Eufaula 9-8 on Saturday and earn Troy a berth in the Dixie Boys District 6 championship game on Monday.

Eufaula took an 8-6 lead with a trio of runs in the top of the seventh inning, but Troy stormed back in its last at bat.

Coleby Roberts reached base in the home seventh after being hit by a pitch. After consecutive singles from Hunter Blackmon and CT Thomas, Marques Christian grounded a ball the third base and Roberts was cut down at the plate for the first out. Lawson, the next batter, then lined a 3-2 pitch to the outfield fense to clear the bases and hand Troy the victory.

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Lawson would finish 3-for-5 for the game with a single and pair of doubles.

Things looked bleak early as Eufaula took a 3-0 lead in the first as the visitors took advantage of singles from Will Gibson and Drew Price. A sacrifice fly from Hunter Jones and a double by Grham Haney helped Eufaula built the early lead.

Troy gained ground in the bottom half courtesy of a pair of Eufaula defensive miscues to cut the deficit to 3-2.

The host team would score four runs and take a 6-3 lead in the fourth. Thomas singles with one out and Christian followed with another. Lawson would then double to score both runners. Two more Eufaula errors would plate a pair of runs for Troy in the inning.

Eufaula scored two in the sixth to make it a 6-5 game. After Troy was quietly retired, Eufaula would strike again. Two walks and two singles is how Eufaula would lead off the seventh. Troy would record a strikeout and a pair of fielder’s choice outs to escape the inning, though trailing 8-6.

Troy immediatley went to work in the seventh before Lawson’s walk off double ended the affair.

Troy will play either Ashford or Dothan at 6 p.m. on Monday.

***As of 9:20 p.m. Saturday night Dothan was leading Ashford 5-4 in the third inning. Check back with as the game goes final. No matter the outcome, there will be a three-way tie for the championship on Monday. Troy is not eligible for the coin toss decided bye as they already received a bye through the first round.