Troy Machine Pitch continues on in pool play

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Troy Machine pitch team won their first game of the Dixie World Series in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Monday morning, defeating North Carolina 17-6.

Originally Troy was scheduled to play three games Monday on what was day one of a round-robin format, but Troy’s final two games of the day were rained out.

Troy is part of a six-team pool, where teams will face each other once. The top two teams will advance into a bracket style tournament starting on Friday.

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Although much of the day was a wash out Troy got off to a quick start and earned a very important opening game victory.

“It was nice to go ahead and get things going with a win,” said Machine head coach Adam Brookins. “We told them to go out there and set the tone early, and they went out in the first inning and scored some runs.”

Troy was able to jump out to an early 7-0 lead in the first inning thanks to eight hits in the inning. Kaneil Lewis, Jackson Booth, Wes Braisted, Kade Brookins, Dawson Bradford, Jordan McBryde, Pruitt Vaughn, Cade Edwards and Rhodes Baker all had hits in the inning for Troy.

“We hit the ball really well up and down the lineup,” Brookins said. “We were able to hit the ball today where they weren’t playing. We got several extra base hits today. It really helps when you have a guy on second, because most of the time he is going to come around to score. We were able to move some base runners around and get runs when we need them.”

Troy had three extra base hits in the first inning, Booth hit the first one with a triple that scored Lewis for the games first run. McBryde and Edwards followed suit with doubles of their own.

Two more doubles came in the second, after Carter Nelson started the inning with a single, Booth hit his second extra base hit to begin the second inning. Braisted came up next and hit a double scoring Booth and Nelson scoring Troy’s ninth run of the game.

McBryde and Vaughan began the third inning with a double and a base hit, both players came around the bases to score in the inning.

Troy ended the game in the fourth inning when Lewis, Braisted, Brookins, McBryde, Vaughn and Nelson all came around to score for Troy.

Troy was washed out after playing one inning against Texas. When play was halted Troy had a 3-0 lead. All games that were rained out will be made up on Thursday starting with Troy playing Texas beginning from where they left off.

Troy will begin today with a 9 a.m. game with Arkansas. That game will be followed by a match up at 4:30 p.m. game against Mississippi.