By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
September 24, 2013
The Troup Lady Tigers wouldn’t be mathematically eliminated from the playoff race with a loss today, but the odds would be extremely long.
If Troup pulls off the win over Carrollton, though, it would be right in the thick of the playoff chase in Region 5-AAAA as the season hits the home stretch.
Troup will host Carrollton today in a game that was originally scheduled for Thursday.
Since Troup’s homecoming game is Thursday, though, the decision was made to move the softball game to Wednesday.
Troup (11-10 overall) stands at 4-5 in the region, and it is in fifth place, two games behind Carrollton, which moved to 6-3 in the region with Tuesday’s win over Fayette County.
If the Lady Tigers win today, they’ll be just one game behind Carrollton for fourth place, which is big since only four teams in the region will advance to the state playoffs.
If Troup loses, it would be three games behind Carrollton with just three region games remaining.
Carrollton would also have the tie-breaker edge over Troup since it would have won both regular-season meetings.
“Right now, we sit right behind Carrollton,” Troup coach Blair Shimandle said. “That’s huge for us. We have to go in there and play ball. The last time we played them, we hit the ball pretty well, and we battled the whole game. I feel like we’re hitting the ball better now and playing better defense. I feel like we’re in better position against them the second time around.”
In the first meeting, Troup did a lot of nice things offensively, but Carrollton also had a big day at the plate en route to a 12-6 victory.
“Hopefully the girls will come out and play their game,” Shimandle said. “That’s what I told them. If they play their game, they have a solid chance of beating them. We can beat anybody in the region if they come out and play their game. We have to play defense, and get the clutch hits when we need them.”
Shimandle said her team has played better on back-to-back days this season, so she’s hoping moving the game up a day will be beneficial.
Troup won at Sandy Creek 12-2 on Tuesday.
“I think it helped that we play today. Our girls seem to play better on back-to-back days. They kind of get on a roll,” Shimandle said. “Hopefully they’ll take that momentum from today and carry it into tomorrow, because they played really well today.”