Farm League Nationals fend off elimination with wild 17-15 win

Published 10:49 pm Monday, June 24, 2013

Win or go home.

That was the ultimatum for the Troy Farm League Nationals Monday evening.

The team lost its opening-round game, but rallied from behind to claim a wild 17-15 win over Enterprise Americans to keep their tournament hopes alive.

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Troy only scored the seven run maximum once in the entire game, but made it timely, as the plated seven run in their final at bat to complete the come-from-behind victory.

“A win is a win, whether it is pretty or ugly,” said Troy head coach Daniel Earles. “I will definitely take this one, because I sure wasn’t ready to be done, and the kids were not either.”

The Troy sixth got off to a lightning start when Malachi Cooper connected with an inside-the-park home run.

Troy then picked up seven consecutive hits, including doubles by Kade Brookins and Pruitt Vaughn to plate the maximum seven runs in an inning.

Earles said that he is proud of the effort his team puts forth, both at the plate and in the field.

“All I ask for is for them to play hard,” Earles said. “They always give us everything they have, and that is all you can ask for.”

Multiple times throughout the game the Nationals advanced bases and challenged Enterprise to make the out. Nearly every time, the outcome worked out in favor for Troy.

Earles said that the Farm League level requires teams to take chances.

“You want that runner to challenge the player with the ball to make that throw,” Earles said. “You want to put the ball in play to give your runners a chance to make it happen, and I feel we did that really well tonight.”

The Troy Nationals will face off against the Troy Americans on Tuesday night in an elimination game at the Sportsplex.

First pitch is set for 6 p.m.