By Kevin Eckleberry firstname.lastname@example.org
March 27, 2014
The Troup Tigers were three outs away from a critical region win.
Facing the visiting Carrollton Trojans, the Tigers took a two-run lead into the top of the seventh inning.
The Tigers were unable to close the deal, though.
The Trojans rallied for two runs in the seventh inning to tie it, and they plated another run in the eighth inning to capture a 5-4 victory.
The Tigers (6-6 overall) fell to 1-2 in Region 5-AAAA.
“It’s a tough one to swallow,” Troup coach Craig Garner said. “It’s a game we shouldn’t have lost.”
The Tigers were down by a run early, but they scored a run in the bottom of the third to pull even, and they pushed three runs across in the fourth inning to go up 4-1.
The Trojans got within a run on a John Gaiter home run in the fifth inning, and after tying it in the seventh, they took the lead on Roury Glanton’s home run in the eighth.
Troup got a runner to third in the bottom of the eighth, but he was stranded there, and the Trojans walked away with the one-run win.
Bo Halcomb started and had a terrific outing for the Tigers.
Halcomb left the game in the seventh with two on and one out, and Troup leading 4-2.
“Bo Halcomb had too good of a day for us to give that game away,” Garner said.
With Winston Turner on the mound in relief of Halcomb, Carrollton had a double, a walk, and a base hit to tie it in the seventh.
The Trojans had a chance to take the lead, but one player was thrown out at home trying to score on a base hit, and another player was tagged out at the plate attempting to score on a wild pitch.
The Tigers failed to score in the bottom of the seventh, and it was on extra innings.
Glanton led off the eighth with a home run to give the Trojans the lead.
Turner got out of the inning without any further damage, but the Tigers were unable to score the tying run in their half of the eighth, and the Trojans had the come-from-behind win.
After the Trojans took the lead with a run in the second inning, the Tigers tied it with a run in the third.
Carson Aldridge led off with a base hit, and Brannon Weathers followed with a bunt single.
Turner then put down another bunt, and he made it safely to first when the Trojans, unsuccessfully, tried to get the force-out at third.
Halcomb then grounded out to drive in the tying run, and the Trojans got out of the inning without any more runs scoring.
Troup manufactured three runs in the fourth inning.
Tyler Kemp walked, and Miles Cameron reached on an error.
Kemp later stole home to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead, and with Cameron on third, Weathers put down a bunt to drive in the third run.
Turner followed with an infield single to cap the three-run rally.
Troup will look to get back on track when it visits Columbus today, with first pitch set for 4 p.m.