Troy Belles make it back to the World Series with win over AUM
Published 9:45 pm Wednesday, July 17, 2019
The Troy and AUM Belles resumed play in the championship game on Wednesday evening at the Sportsplex.
With Troy trailing 2-1 in the second inning, inclement weather arrived in Florence, forcing the game to be postponed until Wednesday.
When play resumed Troy benefited from an eight-run fifth inning and went on to knock off AUM 12-8 giving them their sixth state championship in the last seven years.
On Tuesday, after falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning, Troy bounced back with a run in the bottom of the inning when Rayleigh Carter grounded out, allowing Madison Cain to score.
When the game resumed on Wednesday Sadie Leverette was the mound for Troy. Leverette pitched the remainder of the game for Troy. She allowed a total of eight runs, only four of which were earned on 11 hits.
After a scoreless second inning AUM added to their lead with a run in the top of the third inning.
Dakota berry scored on an error and Stella Gilbreath hit an RBI single to even the game at three in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Molly Garret led off the fifth with a single and came around to score the leading run for Troy on a passed ball. Allyssia Sellers brought in two runs on a single to center field to stretch Troy’s lead to three at 6-3. Mikalah Griffin, Cain and Berry all had run producing hits in the inning and Troy took a comfortable 11-3 lead into the sixth inning.
AUM cut into Troy’s lead with two runs in the sixth inning. They had two hits and a walk in the inning and the game went into the bottom of the sixth with Troy leading 11-5.
Troy added a run in the sixth and went into the final inning leading by seven at 12-5.
Leverette loaded the bases on three-straight singles to begin the inning. AUM scratched across three runs in the inning, but Leverette slammed the door shut, giving Troy the championship.
Troy finished with 15 hits. Leverette finished 3-3 with one RBI, while McKenzie Cain, Berry, Gilbreath and Garrett all finished with two hits.