Troup rallies to beat Cedartown
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
CEDARTOWN – The Troup Tigers spotted the Cedartown Bulldogs an early lead before rallying for a 4-2 victory on Thursday to improve to 2-0 in Region 5-AAAA.
Cedartown scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning to take the 2-0 lead, and Troup plated single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Cooper Doughman, Troup’s outstanding senior catcher, had a big day.
Doughman had three hits, including a solo home run and a double, and he scored two runs.
“He definitely led the way offensively,” Troup head coach Craig Garner said. “He hit the ball hard every time.”
Senior shortstop Ryan Bliss continued to have his way with opposing pitchers with two hits, and he also had a solo home run.
Colby Williams and Garrett Casey both had two hits and an RBI, and Caleb McCurry, Kenly Bridwell and Cade Garner each had a hit.
Williams also got it done on the base paths with two stolen bases, and Bliss and Bridwell each swiped a bag as well.
On the mound, Casey got the start for Troup, and he worked five innings and was overpowering.
Casey gave up four hits and two runs, both unearned, and he walked two and had eight strikeouts.
Bliss was called upon to get the save, and he threw two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out two.
The Tigers faced plenty of adversity in the game, but they persevered and found a way.
“We were happy to get out of there with a win,” Garner said.
Trailing 2-0, Troup put its first run on the scoreboard on Doughman’s home run in the top of the fourth inning.
Troup tied it in the fifth on Bliss’ home run that sailed over the left-field fence.
In the sixth inning, Doughman doubled and scored on a base hit by Casey, and Troup had a 3-2 lead.
Troup capped the scoring in the top of the seventh.
Bliss singled, stole second, and scored on a base hit by Williams.
Troup hosts LaGrange today, with first pitch set for 5:55 p.m.