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By Kevin Eckleberry keckleberry@civitasmedia.com



The LaGrange Grangers huddle on the mound during a game last week. LaGrange will host Shaw today in a region game.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily Newws
The LaGrange Grangers huddle on the mound during a game last week. LaGrange will host Shaw today in a region game.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily Newws
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It was a tough couple of days for the LaGrange Grangers.


When the Grangers took the field against the Troup Tigers on Thursday, they were in a tie for the top spot in Region 5-AAAA.


The Grangers ended up giving up seven runs in the seventh inning on the way to a 10-3 loss to the Tigers, and a day later, they lost to Carrollton 4-0.


Those losses left the Grangers with a 4-3 record at the halfway point of the region schedule, and they’re tied for fourth place with Troup.


The Tigers were supposed to kick off the second half on Tuesday against Shaw, but that game was postponed because of a wet field at Granger Park.


The two teams will instead play at 5:30 p.m. today, and it will be the first of three games in three days for the Grangers.


“It doesn’t change any kind of strategy, or anything like that,” LaGrange coach Todd Herrington said. “You just have to go three days in a row, and see what happens.”


The Grangers are hoping to regain the momentum they had when they won four of their first five region games.


“I have a lot of confidence in this team. I feel like this team can get the job done,” Herrington said. “They’re a fun bunch to coach. They want to compete each and every day. Sometimes we have little setbacks. I’m anxious to see how we’ll respond.”


Against Troup, LaGrange rallied from a 3-0 deficit to pull even heading into the final inning.


The Tigers put a seven-spot on the board in the final inning, though, to win big.


Against Carrollton, LaGrange couldn’t muster anything offensively in the shutout loss.


“We’ve had a few days off since the Troup and Carrollton back-to-back games,” Herrington said. “We’ve had time to re-focus, and I’m interested to see how we’ll come out tomorrow.”


This will be the second meeting of the season between LaGrange and Shaw.


The first time they played, Logan Hood pitched a complete-game shutout for LaGrange in a 2-0 victory.


Shaw is just 2-5 in the region, but it has been in just about every game it has played.


“They’ve been in every game, and just have fallen short. They’re hungry,” Herrington said. “I told our guys, look, expect an absolute war. You have to come out and compete.”


On Thursday, LaGrange will visit Columbus, which is tied with Carrollton at the top of the region standings with a 6-1 record.


That one loss came at the hands of LaGrange, which beat Columbus 6-5.


On Friday, LaGrange will host Alexander, which is in third place in the region at 5-2.

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