Thanks to a brilliant pitching performance from Bo Halcomb, the one run the Troup Tigers scored in Thursday’s game against Fayette County was enough.
Jonathan Foster hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh, and that was enough to give the Tigers a 1-0 victory in the Region 5-AAAA game.
It was a crucial win for the Tigers, who are battling for a playoff spot in the region.
The Tigers improved to 7-5 in the region, and they’re in a three-way tie for third place along with Alexander and LaGrange.
The Tigers have region games remaining against LaGrange and Shaw, and they’ll make the playoffs if they win both of them.
Fayette County only has two region wins, but it has made things difficult on a lot of teams this season.
Troup beat Fayette County 7-5 earlier this season.
Halcomb, who earned a complete-game victory over LaGrange earlier this season, worked around seven hits to earn the shutout win.
“He picked it up in crucial situations,” Troup coach Craig Garner said. “That’s a strong-hitting lineup. They’ve got some dangerous kids. They’ve got two or three that can park it.”
The closest Fayette County came to scoring was in the fifth inning when it loaded the bases with one out.
Halcomb got a strikeout and a groundout to end that threat with no runs scoring.
The Tigers only had four hits, but one of those was Foster’s home run.
In Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Columbus, Foster hit a two-run home run, and there was no doubt about it as the ball sailed way over the left-field fence.
Garner said there was plenty of doubt as to whether the ball would leave the park on Thursday.
Garner said he initially thought the outfielder had the ball.
“We thought he caught it,” Garner said. “That ball was within inches of the top of the fence.”
The outfielder was unable to come down with the ball, though, and the Tigers had the go-ahead run.
Troup is scheduled to host LaGrange today, although the game is in doubt because of the threat of rain.
If the teams are unable to play today, they’ll try again on Saturday.
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