Troy Ozone Rookies stay alive with a pair of wins
Published 7:09 pm Monday, July 8, 2019
The Troy Ozone Rookies entered Monday after two win two games to advance to Tuesday’s final in Enterprise.
They won their first game in dramatic fashion when they knocked off host Enterprise 4-3. Before the rains came to Enterprise on Monday afternoon, but before the delay, Troy held a 3-0 lead over the Montgomery Americans. After the skies parted Troy scored five runs in the fifth and defeated the Montgomery Americans 8-1
Troy entered the bottom of the sixth inning trailing 3-0 in game. By inning’s end, Chase Vaznaian ripped a single to left to keep Troy alive in the Ozone Rookie State Tournament.
Ford Hussey got the start. He pitched 4.2 innings and allowed two total runs, only one of them were earned on four hits and three walks. Slade Russell pitched the remaining 1.1 innings for Troy and allowed on unearned run.
Troy scored the game’s first run in the first inning when Vaznaian singled to right field, allowing Russell to score.
Enterprise scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings and went into the final inning winning 3-1.
Troy began the bottom of the inning with a one-out single by Connor Lindsey. After a Jaxon Wade walk, Trenton Bryan drove in Lindsey with a double to right to bring the score to 3-2. After a walk and a strikeout, Hussey drove in Wade with a fielder’s choice to even the score at three and setting up Vaznaian’s heroics.
Wade got the start for Troy in game two. In the first few innings Wade struck out three batters without surrendering a hit. After play resumed, Troy sent Russell and Sikes to the mound.
Jack Baggett drove in Troy’s first run of the game on a line drive double to to left, driving in Russell. Two batters later Vaznaian drove in Baggett on a groundout to first.
Troy kept the scoring going in the second inning when West Templin singled on a hard ground ball to center allowing Joshua James Gardiner to score.
After two scoreless innings following the rain delay, Troy’s offense got to work in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Troy scored five runs on two hits, three walks and a hit batter.
Troy finished with six hits by Baggett, Vaznaian, Gardiner, Dalton Jordan, Templin and Blake Lowery.
Troy returns to action on Tuesday morning beginning at 10 a.m.