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Red-hot Tigers win sixth straight

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

The streaking Troup Tigers used a big second inning to ease past Glenwood (Ala.) 9-2 on Friday night under the lights.

Troup improved to 7-1 overall, and it has won six consecutive games since dropping the second game of a doubleheader to Northgate on Feb. 15.

Troup was trailing 1-0 when it scored six runs during a second-inning rally that was highlighted by a Devon Murphy home run.

Brett Haynes, meanwhile, started and pitched four solid innings to get the win, with Tripp Cummings and Ethan Morton combining for three scoreless innings to finish it.

“I’m very pleased with where we are,” said Troup head coach Tanner Glisson. “The guys are just a scrappy bunch. We keep getting timely hitting, and that was a pretty good hitting team. For us to hold them to two runs, and one of them was a solo home run, is pretty good.”

Murphy had a big game for the Tigers with three hits and four RBIs, and Mason Atkinson added a two-run single during the second inning.

Ethan Morton had two RBIs, Haynes had a double, and Reed Morris and Josh McDonald each had a hit.

“The guys are having a lot of fun, and we’ve won several in a row, so we’ll just keep playing,” Glisson said.

Glenwood struck first on a solo home run by Colton Dempsey in the top of the second inning.

That lead was short-lived, with the Tigers going to work in the bottom of the inning.

McDonald got the rally started with a base hit before Haynes walked, and when Hunter Kitchens reached on an error when his bunt was misplayed, the Tigers had the bases loaded.

Next up was Atkinson, and on a two-strike pitch, he lined the ball into right field for a two-run single, and the Tigers had the lead.

After Colton Webb walked, Morton’s sacrifice fly brought another run in and gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead.

Murphy then stepped to the plate and drove the ball over the left-field fence for a three-run home run, and the Tigers were on top 6-1.

The Tigers added a single run in the bottom of the third.

Haynes led off with a double, and he later scored on a double steal.

Glenwood got one of those runs back in the top of the fourth on a Dempsey double, and Troup capped the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Atkinson walked with one out and Webb reached on an error, and a run scored on a Morton groundout and Murphy followed with an RBI single to cap the scoring.

Haynes was Troup’s starting pitcher, and he threw four innings and gave up five hits and two runs with five strikeouts.

Cummings followed with a scoreless fifth inning, and Morton threw the final two innings.

Cummings didn’t allow any hits or runs.

Troup will go for its seven straight win when it visits East Coweta on Monday.