Lady Tigers perfect on final day

Last updated: August 18. 2014 6:18PM - 421 Views
By - keckleberry@civitasmedia.com

Troup's Hanna Lane delivers a pitch during a game against Hardaway on Saturday in the Callaway Classic.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
Troup's Hanna Lane delivers a pitch during a game against Hardaway on Saturday in the Callaway Classic.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
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It wasn’t the start the Troup Lady Tigers were hoping for.

They opened their season with a pair of games on Friday in the Callaway Classic at Shuford Fields, and they lost them both.

Troup lost to Bowdon 6-2 in its season opener, and it fell to Northside 10-5 later on Friday.

The Lady Tigers still had three more games to play in the tournament, though, and they made the most of them.

Troup ripped off three straight wins on Saturday, beginning with an impressive victory over Callaway.

Troup also beat Shaw and Hardaway to finish the tournament with a 3-2 record.

Troup coach Blair Shimandle was thrilled with the way the team bounced back after the tough opening day.

“We made too many mistakes (on Friday),” Shimandle said. “There’s no other way to put that. They came out (Saturday) and they were a lot better. We had a talk with them, and they bought into what we were saying. They were all in the game, they were all filling whatever role they had. They were a lot more of a team today. You could see it there. When they made a mistake, it was OK, we’ll fix it.”

The Lady Tigers returned to the field at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and the early hour didn’t bother them as they handled Callaway 10-3.

Troup then crushed Shaw 15-3 to even its tournament record.

Needing a victory over Hardaway to post a winning record in the tournament, Troup made that happen with a 7-1 win.

“I was really happy with their performance today overall,” Shimandle said. “They hit the ball really well. And they made adjustments. That was probably the best part about today was they made adjustments when they needed to.”

In the Callaway game, Troup scored nine runs in the second, third and fourth innings combined to take a commanding lead.

Amber Arnold had three of Troup’s 10 hits, and Hanna Lane and Andrea Nix had two hits apiece.

Nix and Brandy Brown drove in a pair of runs, and Maddie Weathers, Lane and Taylor Mooseman each had RBIs.

Lane went the distance and was the winning pitcher against Callaway.

Looking to keep the momentum going, Troup beat Shaw 15-3 after scoring 11 runs in the first two innings.

Weathers had three hits including a double, and she had a pair of RBIs from the leadoff position.

Kinley Stanford also had three hits and two RBIs, and Libby Wheeler had two hits and two RBIs.

Arnold had two hits and an RBI, and Nix knocked in a run.

Abby Taylor started and got the win, and Nix also pitched.

In the tournament finale, Lane was the starting and winning pitcher.

Troup will get right into its region schedule on Wednesday with a home game against Fayette County.

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