Troy still playing with winning hand, remain unbeaten in O-Zone State Tournament

Published 9:39 pm Wednesday, July 18, 2012

FAIRHOPE – Troy has put together a winning formula and have mixed a batch large enough to make opponents sick.

The Troy O-Zone team continues to make its run through the Dixie O-Zone State Tournament bracket in Fairhope.

Troy whipped AUM, 12-2, in its opening match before the competition stiffened. Troy prevailed over Spanish Fort 4-2 thanks to a Garrett Tucker walk-off, two-run home run.

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Dothan American gave Troy a fight on Monday but the good guys ultimately prevailed, 8-5. After a rain-out on Tuesday, Troy knocked off Southeastern Blue 7-6 on Wednesday afternoon making Troy the lone remaining unbeaten team.

At press time, Troy was leading Decatur Americans 8-0 in the fourth inning for the right to play in the state championship game on Thursday.

It was an all out duel for Troy against Southeastern Blue. There would be three lead changes and two ties in the first three innings before Troy scored a trio of runs in the fourth to pull away.

Southeastern Blue would make it interesting with two runs in the fifth to make it a one-run affair.

The win would make Troy the last undefeated team in the tournament, it would also mark the first game Troy participated in that a team did not hit a home run.

At the completion of Wednesday afternoon’s game, Troy had blasted four home runs in as many games, all of the two-run variety.

Hunter Reeves, Graham Wilkes, Garrett Tucker, and Spencer Floyd have all gone deep.

Reeves, in particular, continues to humiliate opposing pitching. In four complete games, Reeves is batting .700 with six RBIs and struck out just once.

In fact, Troy as a team has been retired without contact just 21 times in the entire tournament and is batting .339 as a team.

Tucker and Reed Jinright are both batting over .500 as well for Troy.

Pitching has proven a strength as well.

In 25 innings on the mound, Troy has a team ERA of 2.16, allowing just nine earned runs.

Cole Little leads the way in the strikeout department for Troy pitchers with eight.

If Troy hangs on to win the late game, they will play at 10 a.m. Thursday for the state title.