District Tournament Updates: Sunday, June 19

Published 1:10 pm Saturday, June 18, 2016

More than 10 Troy teams are playing in district tournaments this weekend. Follow here for the latest scores and recaps.

Belles defeat Luverne to advance to district championship


The Troy Belles caught some lucky breaks in the fourth inning to push them past Luverne with an 8-6 victory.


“We just put the ball in play and let things happen,” said head coach Terry Garrett. “They gave us a lot of breaks in the fourth and fifth innings.


The Belles had the potential to break the game open in the second inning with runners on second and third and no outs, but Luverne turned a triple play to end the inning before the score got away from them.


Luverne battled back in the top of the fourth, scoring 3 runs to tie the game up at 3-3. But in the bottom of the fourth, with the bases loaded and 2 outs, the Belles didn’t let a second opportunity slip away. They added four more runs before Luverne could get the third out, making the score 8-3.


Luverne closed the gap, but ace pitcher Sydni Garrett closed out the last two innings to cap the score at 8-6.


“It was one of the most exciting ball games I’ve ever coached,” said Garrett.


The Belles will play for the district championship Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Troy Sportsplex, with a game 7 if necessary afterward.


AAA Minors run-rule Luverne to clinch spot in district championship


Troy AAA Minors may have run-ruled Luverne 12-2 in the fifth inning Saturday night, but the game wasn’t always in Troy’s control.


“We were getting good contact all game,” said head coach Kevin Adams. “It just took time before we really started hitting the ball.


The teams were knotted up at 2-2 until the fourth inning, when Troy scored five runs to break away. Ten of the 11 players on the team finished with hits, led by Slade Renfroe and Braden Prestwood who had 3 hits each. Malachi Cooper had a triple during the rally.


The AAA Minors will play the winner of Luverne and Greenville for the district championship Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. at the Troy Sportsplex.


Darlings headed to district championship after win over Greenville


Strong hitting led to a victory for the Darlings in a 18-6 win over Greenville.

“I’m really proud of our girls for overcoming a shuffled pitching lineup tonight,” head coach Neil Armstrong said. “Clara Chandler pitched an excellent game for us considering she wasn’t at her home position.” Chandler normally plays third base.


Armstrong said Madison Armstrong’s base-clearing triple in the second inning opened the game up. Armstrong also credited his catcher Hailey Owens for a crucial catch-and-tag at home plate when the game was still tight.


The Darlings will face the winner of Geneva and Opp at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Troy Sportsplex, with a game 7 directly afterward if necessary.


AAA Rookies pitch combined no-hitter to defeat Enterprise Nationals


Hayden Adamson and Blake Lowery together pitched a no-hitter Saturday night to defeat the Enterprise Nationals 11-0 in four innings.


Head coach Adams Brookins said the win was sweet revenge.


They were the team that beat us in the first game,” Brookins said. “Tonight we got to send them home. We knew we could beat them if we came out to play.”


In addition to the excellent pitching performance, the team rode a 6-run second inning to victory.


“Once we took a 9-0 lead in the second inning, we felt pretty comfortable with the defense we’d been playing,” Brookins said.


The AAA Rookies will play in the district championship Tuesday.


6U Coach Pitch eliminated by Luverne


After a close loss to Eufala this morning, Troy needed a win to advance in the tournament. Unfortunately, Luverne ended those aspirations Saturday night by beating Troy 25-16.


“Everybody played good, we just didn’t come out on top,” said head coach David Adams. “It breaks my heart. I really wanted to see them keep playing.”


“I enjoyed the opportunity to coach all of them,” he said.


Luverne will play the winner for the district championship Tuesday.


Machine Pitch Rookies defeat Eufaula to advance to championship


Troy Machine Pitch Rookies beat Eufala 15-9 Saturday to stay in the hunt for the championship.


Head coach Bobby Templin said it was the best game his team has played so far.


“It’s hard to single anyone out really,” said Templin. “Everyone hit well and we played good team defense.”


A 6-run fourth inning opened up the game offensively for the Rookies, while two double plays helped ensure that Eufala wouldn’t be able to catch up.


The rookies will play Enterprise Monday night for the championship, but will have to beat them twice to earn the district champion title.


Angels fall to Geneva in battle of pitchers


Geneva utilized a deadly fastball Saturday night to defeat the Troy Angels 7-0.


“We just couldn’t hit the ball,” said head coach Adam Navarre. “It was fast and we just couldn’t catch up to it. We had good pitching on our side with 11 strikeouts, but we can’t win if we don’t produce runs.”


Kaylee Navarre was the pitcher for the Angels on the night, and also the only Angel to get a hit.


The Angels are still in the running though, and could advance to the championship with a win over Luverne Monday night at 6:00 p.m.



Sweetees edge Taylor-Rehobeth

The Troy Sweetees scored a run in the bottom of the final inning on Saturday morning to defeat Taylor-Rehobeth 20-19 in round one of the district tournament.

After the game was rained out on Friday night, the players were excited to get back on the field on Saturday morning.

“We looked better last night before the rain,” said head coach Anthony Dixon. They had a lot of fun and we hope to play better in the next game.

With the game tied in the final inning the Sweetees had runners on second and first. Camille Lewis drove in the run with a single to give Troy the win.

With the win the Sweetees will play on Monday at 7:30 p.m. on field seven at the Sportsplex.

AAA Rookies rebound against Greenville

The Troy AAA rookies jumped on Greenville for nine early runs and cruised to an 15-0 win over Greenville on Saturday.

Cole Pugh to the start for Troy and lasted two innings. He didn’t allow a run on two hits and he struck out two.

Kade Brookins pitched the last inning. He let up two hits and struck out four.

Troy finished the game with hits.

Hayden led the way for the Rookies at the plate. He finished 3-3 with one double and two RBIs. Tyler McLendon finished the game 2-2 with one RBI and Rhodes Baker finished 2-2 with three runs driven in and a run scored.

The Rookies will have a chance at redemption this evening when they take on the Enterprise Nationals at 6 p.m. The Nationals defeated Troy in the opening round on Thursday.

Angels blank Greenville

The Troy Angels scored a single run in the first inning and didn’t stop until they defeated Greenville 19-0 on Saturday morning.

“There pitching was exceptionally strong and out girls were really patient,” said Angels head coach Adam Navarra. “We waited for the right pitch and they hit it in play. We were very aggressive with our base running.”

After getting cancelled the night before, the Angels responded on Saturday without missing a beat.

“The weather got really bad yesterday,” Navarra said. “This morning when they got there you would have though they played yesterday and won. They were really confident and they came out ready to play.”

Hannah Sparrow got the start and pitched all but the last inning in the contest. Olivia Kirkpatrick came in and pitched the final inning. Both pitchers combined to throw a shutout against Greenville.

Troy was able to take advantage of walks by Greenville and due to aggressive base running they were able to turn the walks and hits into runs.

“Every time we got a girl on base we would steal to the next base,” Navarra said. “We were just really aggressive and that was our plan.”

Troy was able to bunch hits together up and down the lineup on Saturday morning. Kaylee Navarra was one of the players leading the way she finished 3-3 at the plate.



Ozone bats help down Andalusia

The Troy Ozone team beat Andalusia 13-1 on Saturday.

Over the last two games Troy has outscored their opponents 35-2.

“The boys are seeing it really good right now,” head coach Drew Nelson said, adding that the team has scored 35 runs in five innings. “They have worked hard in practice and it is showing up in the live at bats.”

In game one’s victory over Greenville, Troy belted four homeruns. They picked up right where they left off when they hit four more of them on Saturday including three of them by Drew Nelson.

In all Troy finished with 13 hits led by Nelson who went 3-3 at the plate with seven RBIs, thanks to a grand slam. Skylar Kidd finished with 2-2 with one RBI. Adrian Cardwell finished 1-2 with a homerun.


Troy Ozone Rookies blast Eufaula

The Troy Ozone Rookies had a comfortable 7-2 lead on Friday before the rains forced a Saturday finish. When the skies cleared on Saturday the Rookies scored 10 runs in the final two innings for a 17-2 win.

“We picked up where we left off,” Huner said. “We ended with up with 13 hits and 17 runs. The bats were still hot which is good to see.”

Brady Huner got the start for the Rookies on Friday and after two innings was replaced by JD Wilson. Wilson pitched the final 31/3 innings in the win. He didn’t he didn’t allow a hit during his outing and struck out seven Eufaula batters.

Troy blew the game open in fifth inning when they put four runs on the board. Chase Chirico had the big hit in the inning when he blasted a three-run homerun that scored himself along with Jeff Warrick and Connor Thrash.

The biggest blow of the game came in the seventh inning when Troy scored six runs on four hits. K.C. Bradford, Mario Davenport, and Payne Jeffcoat all had run producing hits in the inning. Colton Taylor Jeff Warrick all drove in runs via an error.

The Rookies finished with 13 hits and were led by Davenport and Chirico who each had three hits.

With the win the Rookies will be back in action again on Monday when they take on the winner of Enterprise and Eufaula at 6 p.m.



Ponytails defeat Geneva

The Troy Ponytails defeated Geneva 14-4 on Saturday morning.

The game lasted just four innings due to the run rule.

“Our girls played really hard today,” said head coach Matt Leverette said. “One bright spot was our base running. We only left one runner on base in the game. We have spent a lot of time practicing our base running, and it is good to see that pay off.”

Sadie Leverette got the start for Troy and pitched all four innings. She allowed four runs only one of which was earned on three hits and she struck out six.

The Ponytails finished with four hits. Madison Campbell was 2-2 with a walk and scored three times, Morgan Bundy was 2-3, Rayleigh Carter was 2-2 with a double and triple and two runs scored, Emily Williamson had a double and Emily Bryan and Hayden Rushing each had a single.

The Ponytails will be back in action on Monday when they take on Luverne at 7:30 p.m.


Darlings advance in winners bracket

The Troy Darlings got their district tournament of to a good start on Saturday, defeating Luverne 17-13.

Troy held a 3-0 lead on Friday when rain suspended play. Head coach Neil Armstrong was impressed with how his team responded.

“I was really proud of the girls. It was a tough situation,” Armstrong said. “We came out last night and started 3-0 and then the rain came. We had to go home and sleep. That is always tough. We had the bats going, and sleeping while wondering if we still were going to be able to hit was tough.”

The Darlings did continue to hit, in the second inning, Cheyenne Sneed, Reagan Alberson and Morgan Allen all came around to score.

The offense scored eight runs in the third inning. Indi Carter, Alissa Barron, Abby Barron, Addison Armstrong, Jada Jones and Lakayla Sellers all had hits.

Barron belted a three-run homerun and two-run triple to pace the offense.

“She was huge for us,” Armstrong said.

Eleven of the 12 Troy batters got a hit. Other than Barron, Carter, Alissa Barron, Jones, Sellers, Morgen Allen and Alberson hall had multi hit games.

The Darlings advance into the winners bracket and will play the winner of Greenville and Andalusia at 7:30 p.m. today.

Belles defeat Eufaula

Troy Belles head coach Terry Garrett brought in his ace to secure a 9-1 win over Eufaula on Saturday morning.

The Belles struggled to get hits in the beginning of the game.

“We couldn’t hit the ball to begin with,” Garrett said. “They found a way to bring it all together, and we received some gifts in the fifth inning.”

Sydni Garrett came in to pitch as the game resumed in the second inning on Saturday after play was suspended due to weather on Friday. She pitched the final five innings and allowed run on two hits and struck out 12 batters.

“She walked some and she is going to have to correct that, but she hit her spots well and we played defense behind her,” Garrett said. “Now we just have to crank up the bats.”

The Belles jumped on the board in the first inning when Garrett doubled in Avery Henderson.

The Belles scored six runs in the fifth inning. AJ May singled in a run to begin the inning and Troy scored their next two runs on walks. Garrett drove in the final run of the inning when she singled in Henderson.

Troy scored their final run in the seventh when Kendall Navarra laid down a sacrifice bunt scoring Lexi McLendon.

Troy had nine hits, led by Garrett who finished with a triple, a double and a single.

With the win the Belles will wait to play the winner of Enterprise and Luverne at 7:30 p.m.


6U coach pitch falls to Eufaula

The Troy 6U coach pitch team fell to Eufaula 19-14 on Saturday morning.

Troy trailed 12-3 early on Friday but battled back to even the score at 12 before rain suspended play until Saturday.

“It was one of those things where whatever we did was wrong and everything they did was right,” head coach David Adams said. “We battled back and the kids looked really good and we tied the game in the third.”

When the game resumed on Saturday morning, Troy took the lead 14-12 in the fifth.

Eufaula came up in the final innings and scored seven runs to clinch the win.

“We looked really good, there were just a few mistakes that we made,” Adams said. “I think our kids were a little nervous, but I am really proud of them battling back. They played really well.”

Troy will now wait and play the winner of the Enterprise Nationals and Luverne at 6 p.m. Saturday.