Troup enjoys successful day in tourney

Published 11:57 pm Thursday, March 9, 2017

By Kevin Eckleberry

EMERSON – Jarred Helton delivered a stellar pitching performance to help the Troup Tigers beat Lewisburg (Miss.) 9-2 on Thursday in their first game in the Perfect Game High School Showdown at the LakePoint sports complex.

Troup followed up that win by beating First Presbyterian 18-8, setting up a showdown with Sparkman in a winner’s bracket game today at 6 p.m.

In the tournament opener, Helton had it working.

Helton pitched the full seven innings, and he worked around seven hits to give up two runs, and only one of them were earned.

Helton didn’t walk anyone and he had had three strikeouts, and he only needed 69 pitches to throw the complete game.

Troup took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Lewisburg answered with two runs in the top of the third inning, but Troup went back up by four by scoring two runs in the bottom of the third before capping the scoring with three runs in the fourth.

Troup pounded out 10 hits, and Helton did his part at the plate as well with a double and an RBI.

Trent Bailey had a big game with three hits and three RBIs, and Colby Williams had two hits and two RBIs with two runs scored.

Ryan Bliss had two hits, a walk and two runs scored, and Kenly Bridwell had a hit.

Troup continues tournament play today and Saturday, and it will open its Region 5-AAAA schedule on Tuesday at Chapel Hill.

In Thursday’s second game, Troup needed just five innings to beat First Presbyterian 18-8.

Troup scored at least two runs in every inning, and it plated five runs in the bottom of the fifth to finish it.

Troup finished with 18 hits.

Bliss had two doubles, three walks and two RBIs.

Bailey had three hits and two RBIs, and Ken Truitt had two hits and three RBIs.

Bridwell had a hit and three RBIs, Brantly Robinson had two hits, and Cooper Doughman had two hits and an RBI.

Cade Garner added an RBI for Troup.

Robinson started and pitched three innings, and Daniel Swann, Joseph Calhoun and Garner each pitched 2/3rds of an inning.