TYRONE – The Troup Tigers had no trouble with the Sandy Creek Patriots.
In a Region 5-AAAA road game on Tuesday, Troup needed just five innings to dispatch Sandy Creek 14-3 in the first game of a three-game series.
Troup will be the host team on Thursday, and the scene will shift back to Sandy Creek for Friday’s series finale.
Troup (13-5 overall), which was coming off last week’s trip to Florida for the IMG National Classic, maintained its position atop the region standings with a 6-1 record.
Whitewater, the defending region champion, is in second place in the region at 6-3.
Tuesday’s game was close for a few innings.
The Tigers were clinging to a 2-1 lead when they scored two runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth to go up 7-1.
Troup then put it away by scoring seven runs in the top of the fifth inning, and Sandy Creek capped the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
The game ended after five innings because of the run rule.
Winston Turner got the start for Troup, and he pitched all five innings to get his seventh win of the season, and he also had a double.
Colby Williams had one of the big hits for Troup, a bases-loaded double that drove in three runs.
After this week’s games, Troup will play Fayette County three times next week before closing the regular season with three games against Whitewater.
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