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Belles dominate Opp in 4-1 defeat Monday

The Troy Belles dominated competition during their three games of the Sub-District 1 Tournament. The Belles secured the Sub-District championship Monday night after defeating Opp 4-1.

After winning the first two games of the tournament with a combined score of 39-0, head coach Larry Sanders said Monday’s game was a nail bitter.

“It was two to one going into the sixth inning,” Sanders said. “We didn’t hit the ball all that well. We hit popups and line drives. They were just at people. Our pitching was great tonight. We just didn’t hit the ball that well. The defense for Opp was a lot better tonight as well.”

Both teams held each other scoreless until the sixth inning when Rose Snyder and Daniel Brown both got base hits to set the Belles up in the inning. Sidney Garrett came up and drove both of them in to extend the lead for the Belles to 4-1.

A scary moment occurred early in the game Monday night, Hannah Calhoun had to leave the game due to a broken wrist after a base runner collided with her trying to advance to second base.

Monday’s championship game ended a an incredible run for the Belles. During the tournament, the Belles outscored their opponents by a combined score of 43-1.

In game one the Belle’s defeated Eufaula 19-0 to get the tournament started in game two, the Belle’s followed suit and had a commanding 20-0 win over Opp.

Although the hitting excelled throughout the tournament, Sanders sees room to improve during this next week’s practices.

“They have to keep going at it,” Sanders said. “We really need to start playing small ball and try to get these runners to score. Our pitching has done really well we just need to focus on getting better on our hitting.”

Base running and communication is also something that has lacked this weekend. Sanders and his coaching staff will be working with the players all week long to prepare for the District Tournament.

“Running the bases is something we will work on,”

Sanders said. “We need to get better than what we did tonight.”