Dixie Minor Rooks rally late to claim district crown

Published 10:49 pm Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Troy Dixie Minor Rookies head coach Chris Huner has seen his team get off the deck and rally back numerous times in the District Tournament.

So Wednesday evening, when his team found themselves down by two runs with just six outs to work with, he knew they wouldn’t flinch.

Troy rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to down Enterprise 8-5.

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The late rally started with the bottom of the Troy order, with a Colton Taylor hitting a single and Cobie Cantlow drawing a walk.

The top of the lineup then ripped off three straight hits, including a game tying double from Bryce Betts and a one-RBI triple by Mario Davenport. Brady Huner scored on Davenport’s triple to give Troy the lead for good.

“We finally got things going a little bit in the fifth inning,” Chris Huner said. “This a resilient bunch of kids, and they never stopped believing in themselves. It started with the bottom of the order, and the top of the lineup kept it going. We have been hitting the ball well as a team, and it showed in the fifth.”

But the game wasn’t done yet.

Pitcher J.D. Wilson, who came on in the fourth inning, slammed the door on Enterprise by retiring the side in order to end the game.

Wednesday marked the third consecutive night Wilson was called upon.

“I told J.D. that he would get the ‘Iron Man’ award if I could give it to someone,” Huner said. “He just kept throwing strikes and the defense made the plays behind him. I am really proud od all of the guys.”

With the win, Troy advances to the state tournament in Muscle Shoals.

The 2013 Dixie Minor Rookies won the state tournament, and Huner wants to continue the recent run of success in The Shoals.

“We have a couple of players that were on that team last year,” Huner said. “We are excited about going back. Muscle Shoals may be about four hours away, but it is a good place for Troy to play baseball.”