Ozone Rookies end season

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A 10-7 defeat at the hands of rival Enterprise ended the Troy Rookie Ozone team’s quest for a state championship.

After beating Enterprise for district championship, Troy lost two of the last three games to the rival: 9-1 on Saturday and 10-7 on Monday. Troy won 13-3 on Sunday.

“I was very proud of the guys,” said head coach Chris Huner. “I thought they competed really hard. We had a lot of momentum early in the game. To Enterprise’s credit they battled back and ended up winning. Our boys played hard until they end and I didn’t see any quit in them.”

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Brady Huner took the mound as Troy’s starter in the final game. Huner lasted two innings and let up four runs on four hits while walking four.

Enterprise scored a run in the first inning, and then Troy followed with six runs on four hits. Kase Chirico drove in Jeff Warrick for Troy’s first run. Payne Jefcoat followed with a RBI single scoring Connor Thrash and Mario Davenport. Jefcoat scored on a passed ball. And K.C. Bradford drove in the final run with a single that scored JD Wilson.

Enterprise scored three more runs in the second inning. Mario Davenport came in relief, holding Enterprise scoreless in the third. Enterprise scored two runs in the fourth to even the score at six, forcing head coach Chris Huner to make another pitching change. Wilson came out to pitch and closed out the fourth without allowing any more runs.

After the six run first inning, Troy’s bats went silent. Chirico doubled in the third inning for Troy’s only hit in two innings. In the fourth inning Troy took a brief lead when Wilson singled in Huner to give Troy a brief 7-6 lead.

Enterprise went on to score one run in the fifth to tie the game and then three in the top of the sixth.

Davenport pitched one inning and allowed two runs on six hits and struck out one. Wilson pitched the game’s final three innings and allowed four runs on six hits, while walking one.

Troy finished with seven hits led by Chirico, who finished with 2-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Davenport, Jefcoat, Huner, Wilson and Bradford had Troy’s other five hits.

With the loss Troy finishes the state tournament as the state runner up.

“Overall I was really pleased with the last month and half working with these guys,” Huner said. “They got better at baseball and grew up a little bit. It was a fun group of kids and that what makes coaching enjoyable.”