Another title: Belles outlast AUM for state championship

Published 9:57 pm Monday, July 9, 2018

The Troy Belles wrapped up another state championship with a 10-0 win over AUM on Monday night at the Sportsplex.

The win gave Troy their fifth state championship in six years.

“This win is for the girls,” said head coach Max Bundy. “They have worked hard. We took infield every day and they got tired. I told them defense was going to be the winner. Our pitching was spot on all week. The girls have worked hard and this win is for them. They earned it.”

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Ally Rushing got the game ball from her coach for her performance inside the pitching circle. Rushing pitched all six innings without allowing a run and giving up only one hit. She struck out eight batters.

“She pitched really well,” Bundy said. “She pitched the first game two innings and had six strikeouts. I pulled her out. She moves the ball in and out and she is a good spot pitcher. It was her time in the rotation.”

It didn’t take long for Troy to jump on the scoreboard. Troy took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Rushing began the scoring with a sacrifice fly to drive in McKenzie Cain. Heather Maxwell drove in the second run of the inning with a single to right to drive in Bundy.

After only one baserunner reached in the next two innings, Troy added to their lead with two runs in the fourth. Bundy ripped a triple to left center to drive in Dakota Berry. Bundy came in to score on a passed ball to put Troy up 4-0.

Avery Henderson picked up a two-run single and Anna Price followed with a double to right to push Troy’s lead to 5 at 5-0 heading into the sixth inning.

Troy finished with 12 hits led by McKenzie Cain, Bundy and Maxwell, who all had two hits.

Troy will now head back to Louisiana for another World Series berth on July 27.

“We went last year and that was a new experience for the girls,” Bundy said. “We now somewhat know what to expect. The competition is very good. We have six new girls on the team and it will be an experience they will remember for a lifetime.”