Troy Junior Dixie Boys back at it at state

Published 9:40 pm Monday, July 16, 2018

The Troy Junior Dixie Boys continued play in the state tournament in Enterprise on Monday afternoon and evening. Troy knocked off Dothan in game one 14-7.

Game one was a tale of two halves. Troy held a tight contest 5-3 in the fourth inning, but by game’s end, the close game turned into a comfortable 14-7 win for Troy.

“We had some really good hitting and some timely hitting,” said head coach Billy Jefcoat. “The Dothan team was the only other undefeated team left in the tournament. We played at 1:00 and it was extremely hot. We basically played with nine guys.”

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Troy was forced to play with nine guys due to injury and illness on Monday.

“Phonix Griffin is out with an injury and Payne Jefcoat is out because he was dehydrated,” Jefcoat said. “My nine guys went out there and gritted through it during the heat of the day.”

Troy and Dothan’s contest lasted 3-and-a-half hours, leading some to say it was the longest Dixie Junior Boys game they have ever seen.

Will Templin threw for Troy and lasted six innings and although he gave up six runs, Jefcoat believes his pitcher threw a lot better than his numbers looked.

“He threw a gem of a game,” Jefcoat said. “I know seven runs doesn’t sound like he threw a gem, but he really did. Those seven runs were not indicative of how well he threw the baseball today.”

Connor Thrash entered the game for Troy and pitched the seventh inning.

It was a group effort at the plate according to Jefcoat.

“We stood out at the plate,” Jefcoat said. “This was a team offensive win.”

Troy won a thrilling game over Enterprise by an 8-7 score in their second game.