Trojans honor four seniors

Published 5:40 pm Monday, May 13, 2019

The Troy Trojans said goodbye to four seniors on Saturday before playing their final home game of the season against Louisiana-Monroe.

Local players Chase Smartt and Rush Hixon joined fellow seniors Sadler Goodwin and Cole Prestegard in a ceremony in between Troy’s doubleheader with the Warhawks.

“Today is always a tough day with it being the last home game for our seniors. There is finality to it and there is a little bit of emotion to it,” said head coach Mark Smartt. “These four guys have had a great impact on this team as seniors. I told them I appreciate the way they handled their senior year; they’ve done a great job carrying on the tradition of Troy Baseball – doing things the right way, playing the right way and representing the program the right way. That means a lot to me. Wins and losses are wins and losses, but how you carry yourself and who you are sustain you for a long time. I know this, regardless of what happens in baseball, those four seniors will be successful for many years to come.”

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Chase Smartt has had a strong senior year for the Trojans. The Troy native is batting .339 with 5 home runs and 39 RBI. He previously won two different player of the week awards.

Hixon has spent his season pitching out of the bullpen in 2019. The Banks native has appeared in 26 games this season. He has a 2-3 record with a 3.02 ERA. He also has five saves.

Goodwin has batted .324 at the plate with nine home runs. Prestegard is currently hitting .256.