Tigers drop region opener

By Kevin Eckleberry

March 21, 2014

Facing a strong Alexander team in their Region 5-AAAA opener on Friday, the Troup Tigers fell behind 5-0 and were unable to recover on the way to a 6-2 loss.

The Cougars scored four of their runs in the fifth inning despite getting just one hit to take the five-run lead, and a pair of Alexander pitchers made that cushion stand up.

Troup (5-5) pushed single runs across in the sixth and seventh innings, but it wasn’t enough.

Bo Halcomb got the start for Troup, and he pitched the first five innings, with Tyler Bunn throwing the final two innings.

Alexander plated the game’s first run in the top of the first, and it remained a 1-0 game until the fifth inning.

The Cougars had one hit in the fifth, an RBI double by Aeneas Williams.

Two Alexander players walked, two of them were hit by a pitch, and there was a key error.

Trailing 5-0, Troup scratched a run across in the sixth inning.

Winston Turner led off with a single, Jonathan Foster walked, and the Tigers loaded the bases with one out when Tyler Kemp reached on a bunt.

Bunn reached on a fielder’s choice to get the Tigers on the board, but they were unable to add another run.

Alexander scored another run in the top of the seventh, and Troup was down 6-1 when it came to the plate in the bottom of the inning.

With one out, Tanius Harris was hit by a pitch, and two batters later, Turner came through with an RBI double to make it 6-2.

With two outs, Halcomb hit the ball on the nose, but it was caught in the outfield to end it.

Troup will try to get its first region win when it visits Sandy Creek on Tuesday.