Coaches reflect on season as state tournament play wraps up

Published 3:00 am Thursday, July 21, 2016

Parker Adams of the Troy Dixie Minor AAA team attempts a double-play Tuesday in state tournament action against Dothan.

Parker Adams of the Troy Dixie Minor AAA team attempts a double-play Tuesday in state tournament action against Dothan.

Troy’s Junior Dixie Boys, AAA Dixie Minors and Ozone were all defeated this week, ending their runs for state titles in their respective leagues.

Troy fell to Enterprise 5-8 on Tuesday in the Junior Dixie Boys tournament

“We beat ourselves,” said head coach Eric Ernsberger. We made too many errors. We allowed two runs scored on walks. We also struggled offensively, as we have in the last three games. We didn’t produce like we normally do.”

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Davis Allen performed well for Troy in the loss, going two for four with an RBI and three stolen bases.

Ernsberger said that he was proud of his team.

“They’re a good group of young men,” he said “I enjoyed being around them and coaching them. It hurts when you fall short but they’ll bounce back and move on and come back next year.”

In the AAA Dixie Minor state tournament, Troy lost to Dothan 17-0.

“We just got put out,” said head coach Kevin Adams. “They jumped on us in the first inning and didn’t let up. Our bats just got cold.

“But we had a good run. There were 150 teams at the beginning of competition and only 4 left when we were put out and I felt like we could’ve beaten any of those teams if we had played our game. We had a great group of kids and it’s going to be fun watching them grow up.

“This was the first year really going to state tournament and we saw that we could play with anybody in the state. It hurts to lose, but only one team can make it through without that feeling.”

The Ozone fell to Dothan on Monday 13-6, eliminating Troy from the state tournament.

“The boys worked hard this summer and put in the practice, but it just wasn’t our time this week,” said head coach David Nelson. “We got in a funk at the plate Sunday night and Monday morning, and couldn’t shake it.  We pitched well at times, but also struggled to find the strike zone at times. There was good competition at the state tournament, and I wish we would have competed better, but baseball is about getting hot at the right time, and it didn’t happen for us this week.”

“We’re always proud of our teams and how they represent Troy,” said David Dickey, youth sports coordinator for Troy Parks and Recreation. “They don’t disappoint us. “ We usually have some pretty good teams and this year’s team represented our city well.”