Troy Dixie Minors cruise past Enterprise for Sub-District Tournament title

Published 10:14 am Wednesday, June 26, 2013

One swing of the bat by Darryl Lee put a run on the board for Troy, and perhaps more importantly, put energy back in his teammates.

Lee led off the second inning with a deep home run over the right field fence in Troy’s come-from-behind 22-8 win over Enterprise in the Sub-District championship game Tuesday night at the Troy Sportsplex.

Troy would go on to score nine more runs in the inning, erasing a 7-1 lead for Enterprise.

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Troy head coach David Nelson said that he told Lee not to attempt to get his team back in the game with one swing, but just to hit the ball hard.

“As long he stays focused at the plate, his hands are quick enough to hit the ball hard. I told him and the whole team not to get up there and try to bring us back with one swing. We needed a good, hard hit, and that is exactly what happened.”

Troy would keep scoring in the third and fourth, out scoring Enterprise 11-1 in the final two innings of the ball game.

In total for the tournament, Troy scored 63 runs in three games, averaging 21 per contest. Nelson knew the offensive production was possible, but never expected it this early in tournament play.

“I always knew we had the potential,” Nelson said. “We hit the ball hard one through 12. When you hit that well, it puts a lot of pressure on the other pitching staff.”

Troy’s pitching staff also handcuffed most of the batters it faced through the three-game tournament. Troy sent a new arm to the mound every time out, and racked up 15 strikeouts of opposing batters.

“We don’t really have an ace,” Nelson said. “We have some deep pitching. It is nice not to have to pitch the same guys every other night. We pitched someone different tonight to start, and then had another come in for relief.”

Troy now advances to the District Tournament in Luverne.

The tournament is set to begin on Friday.