Troy Americans fall to Eufaula, finish runner-up
Published 10:27 pm Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The “complete game” Troy Americans head coach Chris Carroll wanted never came.
Troy fell behind early to Eufaula, and never could catch up, falling in the championship round of the Coach Pitch District Tournament 14-5.
Troy struck first in the game on a RBI single by Parker Adams, scoring Carter Carroll, but saw Eufaula rebound with two in the bottom half of the first, and six runs in the second to blow the game open.
“I’m still looking for that complete game,” Carroll said. “I don’t know if the pressure go to us a little bit or what. We just didn’t execute like we needed to.”
Eufaula went through the tournament undefeated, thanks in large part to tremendous play from the infield.
Eufaula turned nine ground-ball outs in the infield, and drew the praise from Carroll.
“No doubt their infield was the best in this tournament” said Carroll. “From what travel ball I have watched, I think that team would be one that would compete every tournament. That is one ting that made our hitting look so bad, is because they were so good defensively.”
Troy rallied back, from eight runs down, on Monday evening against Eufaula to pull within one at the end.
Late in the game it appeared that another late-inning surge would
happen as the Americans picked up five straight hits from Keldon Singleton, Cooper Campbell, Gray Oswald, Benton Dunn and Reed Henderson.
The hits resulted in three runs for the Troy Americans, but Eufaula ended the come-back attempt with a play at the plate to end the inning.
Troy scored one run in the sixth inning, on a Jackson Cleveland base knock that scored Tyler Martin.
Even with the loss, and runner-up finish in the tournament, Carroll said that his happy for his players.
“At this point, they are as happy as can be,” Carroll said. “Twenty years from now, they will walk in the Rec Center and see that trophy, and smile.