Big weekend for Tigers
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
It was a perfect weekend for the Troup Tigers.
Troup (4-1 overall) won all three of its games during a baseball showcase at the LakePoint complex in Emerson.
After beating Campbell 4-0 on Friday, Troup handled Sprayberry 7-1 and Chattahoochee 14-3 on Saturday.
“Troup has never been unbeaten in LakePoint, so this is the first time in school history we’ve gone up there and won a bracket, so that was good,” said Troup head coach Tanner Glisson.
Troup’s pitching was exceptional throughout the weekend, and has been the case all season, the defense was superb.
“We’ve played a total of five games, and we’ve only made two errors, so we’re really pleased with that,” Glisson said.
Troup will look to keep the good times rolling with three home games this week.
Troup hosts Trinity Christian on Tuesday, Callaway on Wednesday, and Glenwood on Friday.
Whatever the outcome of this week’s games, Glisson wants the players to keep a level head.
“The good thing is we’re playing good baseball,” Glisson said. “On the flip side of that, we all know that it’s a marathon. Baseball is such a long deal. There are going to be adversities. There are going to be ups and downs. It’s really going to depend on how we handle those valleys. That’s the big thing. You don’t want to get too high, or get too low. You want to be real consistent.”
Here’s a look at Troup’s three games at LakePoint:
Four Troup pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout, and the offense did just enough against Campbell’s Michael Hermann.
“Friday night, Campbell was extremely good,” Glisson said. “The left-handed pitcher that threw was 88, 89 (mph). He’s going to Wofford. He’s already committed. The shortstop’s going to South Carolina. He’s a good player. And we beat them 4-0. We had some timely hitting. We just played really good.”
Ethan Morton, Brett Haynes and Daniel Martin each pitched two innings for Troup, and Devon Murphy threw one inning.
Those four pitchers combined for nine strikeouts and just three walks.
Offensively, Hunter Kitchens had two hits including a double with two RBIs, Morton had a double and two RBIs, Josh McDonald had two hits with a double, and Martin and Colton Webb each had a hit.
It was scoreless until the fifth inning when Morton knocked in two runs with a two-out double, and Kitchens drove in two more runs with a double in the top of the seventh.
In Saturday’s first game, Troup pushed five runs across in the bottom of the third inning on the way to a 7-1 win.
Once again the pitching was outstanding for the Tigers.
Murphy got the start and threw five innings, holding Sprayberry to four hits and no walks while striking out three.
“Devon Murphy was just a dog on the mound,” Glisson said.
Ethan Morton worked a scoreless inning in relief of Murphy, and Tripp Cummings pitched the seventh inning.
Offensively, Tre Mosely had a double and two RBIs, Reed Morris had two RBIs, Josh McDonald had a hit, and leadoff hitter Colton Webb walked twice.
The Tigers had their best offensive showing of the season with 16 hits, and Brett Haynes threw five solid innings to get the win.
Josh McDonald had three hits and two RBIs, and Ethan Morton had three hits with a double.
Colton Webb had two hits with a double and an RBI, and Haynes had two hits and an RBI.
Tripp Cummings had a double and an RBI, Mason Atkinson had a base hit and an RBI, Trey Mosley had two RBIs, and Reed Morris and Hunter Kitchens each had a hit.
On the mound, Haynes limited Chattahoochee to one run and three hits in five innings, and Webb and Cummings pitched the final two innings.