Troy routs Hartselle, stays alive
Published 8:46 pm Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Troy head coach Chris Huner knew it was just a matter of time before things got back to normal.
The line drive shots that found Enterprise gloves on Monday, found green grass and gaps on Tuesday morning. Troy pulled away late to rout, and eliminate Hartselle from the Alabama O-Zone State Tournament. 14-3.
“Today started out very similar to the game against Enterprise,” Huner said. “We hit the ball hard in both games, but the began to drop for us in the second inning today. I told the kids to keep swinging, and when it was all done, we ended up with 14 runs on 12 base hits.”
After going down in order in the top of the first, on fly balls to left, right and center, Troy first base hit since the fourth inning on Monday dropped in the left-center field gap off the bat of Trevor Barron.
Barron later scored on a sacrifice fly by Noah Lowery. Noah Phillips scored later in the inning on another a sacrifice fly. Hartsell would plate one run in each of the second and third innings, before Troy’s bats awoke for the second time in the game.
A single by Daniel Phillips was followed up with a double by Lawson Scarbough.
Phillips scored on a sac grounder by Noah Phillips. Noah Lowery blew the game open with a monster home run to center field, that plated three runs.
“Noah kind got things blown open when he hit that home run for us,” said Huner. “Our defense was solid as usual, and our pitchers, Noah Phillips and Brock Huner, threw the ball really well, and we were able to pick up the win.”
Lowery’s four RBIs led the way for Troy. Scarborugh added two more, ad Cody Hollis, Noah Phillips, Tyrell Jones, Will Reeves and Clay Barron each added one RBI a piece.
Due to lingering rain, Troy’s nightcap game against Dothan National was postponed until 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Huner said that the players will be ready for the game, whenever Mother Nature decides to let the games happen.
“It is good to get a win under your belt,” said Huner. “You have to stay hydrated and rest while you can. But it helps to come back following a win, and not a loss.”
First pitch is set for 10 a.m. At the Troy Sportsplex.