Ozone tourney team fairing well at Districts

Published 3:00 am Thursday, June 25, 2015

The 2015 Ozone Tournament team is off to a perfect 2-0 start in their first two rounds of the District 9 Tournament being held in Eufaula.

After warm-up tournaments and practice games filled up the Troy’s schedule over the last couple of weeks, the games being played in Eufaula count for real in the record books.

Joining Troy in Eufaula are eight other teams trying to secure one of the top two seeds, so they can move on and compete at the state level.

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The teams competing with the Troy include Eufaula, Luverne, Hartford, Greenville, Coffee County, Enterprise, Elba and Geneva. Geneva secured a first round bye in the tournament.

In round one’s matchup that pitted Troy up against Coffee County, Troy head coach David Nelson saw his team put up big offense en route to a dominating 25-1 win over Zion Chapel.

In game two Troy was hoping to carry over the momentum. They were able to get the win, but it wasn’t easy.

Troy was out hit by Enterprise six to four. Nelson said the biggest difference in the game was the amount of runners Enterprise left on base. In all Enterprise left seven potential runs on the bases.

Both teams’ pitching staffs shut down the opposing offenses in the first three innings. It wasn’t until the bottom of the fourth when Troy was able to knock in two runs to take the lead. David Allen began the threat with a double, not to be outdone, Anthony Gurba followed suit and knocked a double of his own scoring Allen.

After Enterprise tied up the game in the top half of the fifth, Troy scored the games final run in the bottom of the fifth.

“Their confidence is at an all time high right now,” Nelson said. “We knew it was going to be a close game, and we were hoping it was going to be a close game. We knew they were a good team.”

All the hard work and practice has paid off for Troy up to this point, something coach Nelson believes will continue.

“They have put in the work over the last couple of weeks,” Nelson said. “They have been confident that hard work will pay off, and it did Tuesday night.”