Troy Dixie Minors travel to Luverne for District tourney

Published 12:50 pm Friday, June 28, 2013

Even through the Troy Dixie Minors rolled through the Sub-District Tournament handily, they went back to work the day after it was over.

Head coach David Nelson said the team has a few things to sure up before being able to compete for State Tournament berth.

“We started practicing a few weeks ago hoping that we would get through the Sub-District,” Nelson said. “The competition will get tougher each round from now on. To get to state we need to get better on the bases, and in rundowns and in the field on our communication on pop-ups.”

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Troy rolled through the competition at the Sub-District level, thanks in large part to big hits and strong pitching. Troy averaged 21 runs a game on offense, and allowed just 4.6 runs on defense.

However, Nelson sees room for improvement, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The team has been handcuffed by weather at times, but went back to work on it this week.

“We do a lot of hitting work in the morning, and it, as you know, almost never rains then,” Nelson said. “About 5:30-7:30 every afternoon, there seems to be a storm comes over. We have been blessed with a little bit of nice weather the last few days, and we have put it to good use.”

Troy played the Sub-District Tournament at the friendly confines of the Troy Sportsplex, but must hit the road for a short trip down U.S. Highway 29 to Luverne for the District.

“I’m sure we will have some jitters in the first game over there,” Nelson said. “But hopefully we will get them all out of the way in the first couple of innings, and get down to business.

Troy’s first game is set for Saturday at 6 p.m.