Pitcher’s duel: Troy Angels fall 3-1 to Opp in round one

Published 9:18 pm Thursday, June 21, 2018

The long wait to get on the field ended in a loss for the Troy Angels on Thursday night when they fell to Opp 3-1 in Opp.

The loss for Troy puts them in the loser’s bracket, where they will play Andalusia this evening beginning at 6 p.m.

“Like I said yesterday (Wednesday) the two best teams of the tournament played one another,” said head coach Jimmy Sellers. “We had Alyssa Barron on the mound. She pitched a great game. We went up against the best pitcher in the tournament. She pitched a great a game. They fought the entire way.”

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Barron picked up the loss for Troy, despite allowing just the one hit. She picked up three strikeouts.

“Softball is a funny sport,” Sellers said. “The faster they throw it, it seems like it’s harder to hit. The pitcher they (Opp) faced tonight, Alyssa Barron, throws a little slower and it threw their timing off. She had ground balls and strikeouts.”

Troy and Opp went into the fourth inning tied at one. They had their only run scored in the second inning. Barron drew a walk and stole second base. Addison Armstrong picked up a base hit to right to drive in Troy’s lone run.

Troy had a chance to score in the fourth but left runners on base, sending the game into the bottom of the fourth inning. Opp scored their final two runs of the game in the bottom half of the inning to enter the fifth and final inning up 3-1.

“It was a great ballgame,” Sellers said. “I love what I saw from my girls. They got ahead, they fought and they had determination.”

Troy will send Morgan Allen to the mound this evening in their matchup with Andalusia. Sellers looks for his team to give her some run support at the plate.

“She is a good pitcher,” Sellers said. “We are going to try and get a few more hits tomorrow and move them around when we do get on base. The first game, the girls are a little nervous. Tomorrow (tonight) they will be loose and the bats will come alive.”