There was no need to get anyone warmed up, not the way Troup’s Bo Halcomb was dealing.
Halcomb got the call as Troup’s starting pitcher for Thursday’s game against the rival LaGrange Grangers, and he responded in a big way.
Halcomb pitched a seven-inning complete game as the Tigers claimed a 10-3 victory in the Region 5-AAAA game.
Coming into the game, Halcomb said his goal was to “just get ahead early, and no free bases.”
Halcomb carried off that game plan nicely.
Halcomb walked just one batter, and he only allowed four hits, with three of those hits coming in the third inning when LaGrange scored two runs.
“Bo pitched great,” Troup head coach Craig Garner said.
LaGrange also got a nice effort from its starting pitcher, Jake Farrar, who pitched five innings and allowed three runs, two earned.
The Tigers managed three hits and two runs in the first two innings against Farrar, but they only had one hit and no runs over the next three innings.
When Farrar left the game following the fifth inning, the game was tied 3-3.
“He settled down after that second inning. He pitched really well,” LaGrange coach Todd Herrington said. “His pitch count got high, and he’s not used to throwing much over that. So we went ahead and made that change.”
Tristain Daugherty relieved Farrar and pitched a scoreless sixth inning, but he ran into trouble in the seventh inning.
“Tristain was looking really good when we made that change,” Herrington said. “He got a few pitches up, and they took advantage of it.”
REGION UPDATE: When the day began, there were four teams tied for first place in Region 5-AAAA with 4-1 records.
By the time the day’s games were completed, there were two teams in first place, Carrollton and Columbus, who are both 5-1 in the region.
Carrollton beat Sandy Creek to improve, and Columbus beat Alexander in a matchup of teams with one region loss.
LaGrange and Alexander are tied for third in the region at 4-2, and Troup is a game back at 3-3.
Today marks the conclusion of the first half of the region schedule.
The top four teams in the region will advance to the state playoffs.
BACK IN ACTION: If today’s games are played, which is a question mark because of the threat of rain, LaGrange and Troup should both be in good shape with the pitchers they’ll be sending to the mound.
Troup’s starting pitcher will likely be Winston Turner, who is coming off a terrific performance against Columbus on Monday.
Turner gave up just two hits, but Troup was unable to score any runs in the 1-0 loss.
LaGrange, meanwhile, will probably use Logan Hood, who already has a couple of shutouts to his credit this season.
Hood had a shutout against Cartersville, and he threw another seven scoreless innings in a region victory over Shaw.
GAME UPDATES: For updates on today’s games, follow me on Twitter @lagrangesports, or check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LDNSports. If there are any weather postponements I will pass that information along.