Everything has been going right for the Troup Lady Tigers of late.
Coming into Thursday’s region showdown against Carrollton, Troup had won six consecutive games.
The Lady Tigers ran into a brick wall on Thursday, though.
The game was close for awhile, with Troup taking a 2-1 lead into the fourth inning.
Carrollton then exploded for 12 runs in the top of the fourth to turn what had been a tight game into a blowout.
Carrollton went on to claim a 16-3 victory in the match-up of the top two teams in Region 5-AAAA.
Troup (6-3 overall) fell to 3-1 in the region, while Carrollton improved to 4-0.
Troup coach Blair Shimandle said her message to the players was “you’re going to have your good and bad days. Today was your bad day.”
Things were going well in the early going.
Troup scored a single run in the first inning, and another run in the third inning to claim a 2-1 lead.
Then came the top of the fourth, with Troup making some defensive miscues early in the inning to help fuel the 12-run outburst.
The game ended after five innings because of the run rule.
“They battled, but you have to execute, you have to make plays,” Shimandle said. “When you don’t, it kind of puts you in a hole. But I am proud of them for battling there at the end. A couple of our hitters really drove the ball.”
Abby Taylor had a hit and a walk for Troup, and she scored a run in the third inning after reaching on a single.
Maddie Weathers had a double in the fourth inning, and she later scored on an error.
Brandy Brown also had a double in the fourth inning, although she was stranded.
Hanna Lane walked and scored a run in the first inning.
Troup will return to the field on Saturday to take on its two county rivals, with both games taking place at LaGrange High’s field.
At 9 a.m., Troup will play Callaway, and it will play LaGrange at 12:30 p.m.
“We have to come back Saturday and play our game,” Shimandle said.