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By Kevin Eckleberry keckleberry@civitasmedia.com



Jonathan Foster follows through on a home-run swing during Tuesday's game.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
Jonathan Foster follows through on a home-run swing during Tuesday's game.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
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For a hitter, it was the ideal situation.


When Jonathan Foster stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Troup Tigers had a base runner on first with two outs.


Jacob Pate was on the mound for Columbus, and he fell behind 2-0 to Foster, which is a dangerous count against a hitter with his ability.


Foster knew he could look for the pitch he wanted, in the location he wanted, and anything else he could just watch sail by.


He got the pitch he wanted, and he didn’t miss it.


The junior catcher ripped the ball way over the left-field fence for a two-run home run, giving the Tigers a 4-1 lead, and that was the final score.


“I tried to just not do too much, and just stay level,” Foster said. “He threw it in and I got it.”


IT’S TIGHTLY-PACKED: The Troup Tigers took a big step toward securing a playoff spot with Tuesday’s win over the Columbus Blue Devils, but they still have a lot of work to do.


The Tigers improved to 6-5 in Region 5-AAAA, but they’re still part of a log-jam of teams fighting for one of the region’s four playoff berths.


With Tuesday’s loss, Columbus is now 9-2 in the region, and Carrollton is 8-2.


Four other teams, including Troup and LaGrange, are within a couple of games of each other as they jockey for position.


Alexander is in third place in the region at 6-4, Troup is close behind at 6-5, and LaGrange and Shaw are both 5-5.


The region’s top four teams will make the playoffs.


Troup would guarantee itself a playoff spot by finishing the regular season with wins over Fayette County, LaGrange and Shaw.


First up will be Thursday’s game at Fayette County, and Troup will host LaGrange on Friday.


Troup closes the regular season with a game at Shaw on Tuesday.


Fayette County only has a couple of region wins to its credit, but it has played a lot of teams tough this season.


In the first meeting this season, Troup beat Fayette County 7-5.


“Thursday is our biggest game of the year,” Garner said.


Troup beat Fayette County, LaGrange and Shaw the first time through the region schedule.


GETTING IT READY: While most baseball games in the area were postponed on Tuesday because of wet fields, Garner was committed to having his field ready to go.


Troup was scheduled to play Columbus, and after getting a look at the field during the middle of the day, Garner decided he could have it ready to go by the time of the game at 5:30 p.m.


“I got out here about 11:30, 11:45 and worked on it the entire time, up until about game time just about,” Garner said.


Garner set up a fan to help with the drying process, and he did some work to different areas on the infield.


By the time the game started, the field was ready to go, and there were no signs that the players were impacted at all by wet spots on the field.


“I was definitely wanting to get this in today,” Garner said.


SOLID DEFENSE: Brannon Weathers, who got the complete-game victory, was aided by a defense that was nearly flawless.


The Tigers only committed one error, and that came on a botched pickoff attempt, and the Blue Devils didn’t score that inning.

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