Troup takes care of Heard

By Kevin Eckleberry

March 19, 2014

With Brannon Weathers coming through with another perfect day at the plate, the Troup Tigers handled the Heard County Braves 5-2 on Wednesday.

Weathers, a senior infielder, was 3-for-3 with three singles, and he now has six straight hits dating back to Troup’s previous game against Valley.

Troup improved to 5-4 heading into Friday’s Region 5-AAAA opener against Alexander.

Winston Turner pitched the first four innings to get the win, and Tyler Bunn pitched three scoreless innings in relief.

Turner, who’ll be a key pitcher for Troup heading into the region schedule, got some much-needed work according to head coach Craig Garner.

“He hadn’t pitched in so long. We treated it as a good hard (bullpen session) today,” Garner said. “Our goal was no more than 50 pitches, and he went three more than that. We ought to be able to bring him back Friday if we need him.”

Bunn was sharp in relief, going three scoreless innings while not walking anyone.

Heard County went on top with a run in the top of the second inning, but Troup answered with a run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Weathers.

After Heard County reclaimed the lead with a run in the top of the third, Troup scored two runs in the fourth inning, and two more in the sixth to cap the scoring.

Weathers added another RBI hit later in the game, and he also reached on a bunt in the sixth inning.

Bo Halcomb added a two-run double for the Tigers.

Most of Troup’s remaining games will be against region opponents.

Troup will play 14 region games as it looks to earn one of the region’s four playoff spots.

The region journey begins with Friday’s home game against Alexander, and Garner has watched the Cougars in person, and he also received some scouting reports on them.

“We’ve got a good idea of what we’re up against,” Garner said.