Casey shines as Tigers get region win
Published 12:23 am Saturday, April 14, 2018
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
Garrett Casey put on a show.
The Troup Tigers beat Central-Carroll 10-0 on Friday in a Region 5-AAAA game, and Casey was a big reason why.
Casey not only pitched a six-inning shutout, but he had four of Troup’s 11 hits.
The Tigers (19-7 overall) improved to 9-1 in Region 5-AAAA, and they remain hot on the heels of the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes, who are 10-0 in the region after Friday’s win over LaGrange.
Troup has two region games remaining, including Tuesday’s showdown at Cartersville with first place on the line.
Cartersville beat Troup 5-0 the first time around.
Earlier this season, Troup had its hands full with Central-Carroll on the way to a 4-2 victory.
The rematch was no contest.
The Tigers surged to a 5-0 lead after the first inning, and that was more than enough support for Casey, who was dealing.
The left-hander was efficient, needing just 69 pitches in six innings, and he held Central-Carroll to three hits and one walk while striking out nine.
“We’ve been taking to him about working ahead, and keeping his pitch count down,” Troup head coach Craig Garner said. “We pressed him as far as coming out and keeping the ball down. We said we’ll go at them with fastballs, and we’ll use your off speed few and far between, and we’ll keep your pitch cound down.”
Casey also got it done at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double while driving in two runs.
Caleb McCurry had a two-run double, and Cade Garner had a hit and two RBIs.
Colby Williams and Cooper Doughman both had a hit and an RBI, Kenly Bridwell had a hit, and leadoff hitter Ryan Bliss walked, was hit by a pitch and scored two runs.
The Tigers also got it done on the base paths.
Brantly Robinson stole two bases, and Bliss, Bridwell, Garner and Ryan Key each swiped a bag.
After visiting Cartersville, Troup wraps up region play with a home game against Sandy Creek on Thursday.