They don’t have a whole lot of time to lick their wounds.
The LaGrange Grangers came into Thursday’s game against the Troup Tigers hoping to solidify their spot atop the Region 5-AAAA standings.
Instead, the Grangers watched the Tigers push seven runs across in the top of the seventh inning on the way to a 10-3 victory.
The Grangers (8-9 overall) fell to 4-2 in the region, and they’ll finish the first half of their region schedule with a road game against Carrollton today.
Carrollton and Columbus are tied for first place in the region with 5-1 records, and LaGrange and Alexander are one game back.
“Times like this determines the character of our team,” LaGrange coach Todd Herrington said. “It can go one of two ways. We can sit here and point fingers at each other, or we can love each other, and stick together and go to work, because we’ve got another battle tomorrow.”
If the Grangers win today’s game, they would at worst be tied for second place, and they could possibly be back in first place.
If the Grangers lose, though, they could find themselves in a tie with Troup for fourth place.
“We have another big task. Carrollton’s obviously playing really well,” Herrington said. “I absolutely expect our guys to go out there and compete, and have a chance to win in the end.”
The Grangers found themselves facing a 3-0 deficit in the second inning of Thursday’s game, but they fought back to tie it heading into the seventh and final inning.
In the top of the seventh, LaGrange relief pitcher Tristain Daugherty got the first two outs before things came unraveled.
Winston Turner came through with a two-out double to give the Tigers the lead, and they went on to score six more runs before relief pitcher Logan Carson got the final out.
Tyler Kemp added an RBI single for Troup, and C.J. Tatum had a double with the bases loaded to bring in three runs.
Tyler Bunn capped the rally with a two-run home run.
“I wouldn’t call it falling apart, maybe a little bit. But it was more like they came alive,” Herrington said. “They hit the ball. We did have a couple of hit batters, and a walk, but we’ve got to overcome it. I give them the credit. They did what they had to do to win the game. They had some guys come through with some big hits.”
Kemp’s RBI double in the first inning gave Troup a 1-0 lead, and an error allowed another run to score to make it 2-0.
In the second inning, a Brannon Weathers groundout scored Miles Cameron, who led off the inning with a single.
The Grangers began their comeback in the third inning, and they did it with two outs.
Jackson Shelnutt got things started with a double, and Logan Moody followed with a double of his own to get the Grangers on the board.
Ben Anderson then made it three straight doubles for the Grangers, and Moody scored to cut Troup’s lead to 3-2.
In the fifth inning, the Grangers tied it.
Hakeem Stargell led off with a walk, he stole second and went to third on a Shelnutt sacrifice bunt.
Moody then grounded out to bring Stargell in with the tying run.
“I was proud of our guys, after we did go down,” Herrington said. “We found a way to score a few runs. We had a few big hits.”
After a scoreless sixth inning, Troup blew things open with the seven-run seventh inning.
Farrar got the start for LaGrange and pitched five solid innings.
After the Tigers scored three runs in the first two innings, they were held scoreless the next three innings against Farrar.
Daugherty didn’t allow a run in the sixth inning before the difficult seventh.
Logan Carson stepped to the mound in relief after Tatum’s bases-clearing double, and he allowed Bunn’s home run before getting the third out.
Bo Halcomb got the complete-game victory for Troup.