Ozone Rookies fall 9-4

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Troy Ozone Rookies had their summer come to a close when they fell to Dothan 9-4 on Monday morning in the state tournament in Tuscaloosa.

Down to their final pitchers, Troy battled fatigue in what ended as their last game of the summer.

“We played pretty well,” said manager Josh Prestwood. “We had two kids who hadn’t pitched yet. They threw well. It was a 6-4 ball game heading into the last inning. We got frustrated and wore out and they beat us 9-4.”

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Bradley Prestwood got the start and pitched the game’s first three innings before giving way to Davis Kilcrease, who cleaned up the final three.

“They looked good,” Prestwood said. “Both of them struggled at the end. Bradley struggled in the third and Bradley at the end walked a few and gave up a couple of bloop hits. We walked more than we have been and that is what hurt us at the end.”

On the offensive side, Troy picked up a run in the first inning on a single up the middle by Zachorian Cantlow to get Troy on the board.

After a scoreless second, Troy put three runs on the board, the first of which came on a Slade Renfroe RBI single.

The loss brings an end to a successful summer for the Rookies, which saw a second place finish at the district tournament in Troy last month.

“After district, the expectations weren’t very high because we didn’t play very well,” Prestwood said. “The kids came together and we had a chance if we got by the game today. They enjoyed it and we enjoyed it. We made it further than we thought. Overall, we just didn’t hit the ball like we can. We struggled with slow pitching; we can hit a fast ball. Towards the end, everybody figured out we couldn’t stay back and that was our downfall.”