Last updated: March 18. 2014 4:53PM - 513 Views
By Kevin Eckleberry keckleberry@civitasmedia.com



Troup head coach Craig Garner meets with his players on the mound during a game this season. Troup will play Heard County on Wednesday before opening its Region 5-AAAA schedule on Friday.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
Troup head coach Craig Garner meets with his players on the mound during a game this season. Troup will play Heard County on Wednesday before opening its Region 5-AAAA schedule on Friday.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
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The Troup Tigers are still going to play Heard County in their final game before beginning their Region 5-AAAA schedule, they’ll just have to wait a few extra days.


Troup and Heard County were supposed to face off on Monday, but the game was postponed because of rain.


The teams will instead play on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Troup.


After that, the Tigers will embark on their region schedule where they’ll begin the process of trying to earn a spot in the state playoffs.


To make that a reality, Troup will need to finish among the top four teams in the region.


“We’re anxious to get started,” Troup coach Craig Garner said of the region schedule. “We still have a few things to work out, but it’s here. We just have to figure out our pitching, and how that’s going to kind of lay out. I think we’re about as ready as we’re going to be.”


The Tigers, who were hit hard by graduation following a 2013 season that ended with a second straight trip to the state semifinals, will bring a 4-4 record into Wednesday’s game.


Troup had lost two straight games, and four out of five overall, before thumping Valley 16-2 last week.


It was Troup’s most productive offensive game of the season.


The Tigers had 15 hits, and Carson Aldridge hit his first career home run, and Brannon Weathers and Tyler Bunn both had three hits.


“That’s what we’ve been trying to do is get ready for region,” Aldridge said after the Valley game. “This game definitely boosts us up some. We needed a win.”


The Tigers have had plenty of practice time of late.


The Valley game was on March 10, so it will have been more than a week between games when the Tigers play Heard County.


“We’ve had some good intersquads,” Garner said. “Right now, it’s about trying to develop more pitching, and trying to keep the ones we’ve got, the ones we’re counting on, sharp.”

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