The Troup Tigers fought back from a four-run deficit in the seventh inning to take the lead, but in the end, Tuesday’s game belonged to the home-standing Shaw Raiders.
The Raiders pushed a run across in the bottom of the eighth inning to capture a 7-6 victory in the Region 5-AAAA game.
The Tigers closed their region schedule with a 7-7 record, and they finished in fifth place, leaving them a game behind LaGrange for the fourth and final playoff spot.
After making it to the state semifinals the past two seasons, Troup was unable to qualify for the playoffs this year.
The Tigers staged a dramatic rally on Tuesday to nearly pull off a win that would have left them in a tie for fourth place with LaGrange.
With Shaw leading 5-1 in the seventh inning, Troup’s Jonathan Foster stepped to the plate with the bases loaded.
The senior catcher got a pitch to his liking, and he drove the ball over the outfield fence for the grand slam, and the Tigers and Raiders were all even.
Troup wasn’t done.
Later in the inning, C.J. Tatum came through with an RBI single, and the Tigers had a 6-5 lead.
The Raiders were able to to tie it with a run in the bottom of the seventh, though, and they won the game an inning later.
Jacorrey Crowell and Ethan Lakeman each hit home runs for Shaw, which finished with a 6-8 region record.
Bo Halcomb got the start for Troup and pitched six innings, and Tatum finished things off on the mound.
The Tigers had 10 hits, with Foster leading the way with two hits and the four RBIs.
Troup will finish its season with two home games this weekend.
Troup will host Northside on Friday at 5:30 p.m., and the seniors will be honored before the game.
Troup plays Luella at 11 a.m. on Saturday in its season finale.