Pitching Machine All-Stars knock off Enterprise, 17-10

Published 11:13 pm Monday, June 23, 2014

Many fans wondered how the Troy Pitching Machine All-Stars would do to follow up their 36-run performance in the District Tournament opener.

They got an answer Monday, as Troy pounded out over 20 hits in a 17-10 win over Enterprise in the second round of the tournament. Troy head coach Ty Martin said the hot bats are the result of hours of practice.

“We practice these guys everyday, instead of just once a week like the regular season,” Martin said. “The extra time allows us to work individually with everyone and find things that help them. They are buying in to what we want to do and are hitting the ball hard and making things happen.”

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Troy led 11-3 early, but watched Enterprise, the host team of the tournament; march back with an inning of their own.

Over the latter part of the game, Troy managed to score timely runs and hold Enterprise in check.

“Enterprise is a very well-prepared team,” Martin said. “They have some really good players and they never gave up. We were able to stretch out the lead a little bit late and hold on to it. I am really proud of the way everyone played tonight.”

A trio of perfect performances led Troy at the plate. Tyler Martin, John Lott and Malachi Cooper each went 4-for-4 at the dish, while Houston Gunter chipped in with three hits of his own.

Despite the win, Troy is forced to play Crenshaw County Tuesday to determine who meets Enterprise in the championship game, due to a stipulation in the bracket. A win Tuesday puts Troy in complete control of the tournament. A loss means all three remaining teams are alive.

“We want to go out and take care of business on Tuesday,” Martin said. “If we do that, we don’t have to worry with all those wild tie-breakers.”