Troup sweeps doubleheader
Published 1:51 pm Saturday, April 21, 2018
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The Troup Tigers brought the heavy lumber for Friday’s regular season-ending showdowns with East Coweta and Northgate.
Troup enjoyed a big day at the plate on the way to a 15-6 victory over East Coweta, and a 13-6 win over Newnan.
The Tigers put the wraps on a fantastic regular season.
Troup, which finished as the number two seed in Region 5-AAAA and will host a state-playoff series next week, finished the regular season with a 23-7 record.
In Friday’s second game, Newnan jumped on top with six runs in the top of the fourth, but Troup answered with six runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead, and it rolled from there.
The Tigers made the most of their six hits.
Kenly Bridwell had a double and three RBIs, and he scored three runs.
Ethan Morton had two hits and an RBI, Colby Williams had a hit and two RBIs, Cooper Doughman had a hit and an RBI, Brantly Robinson drove in four runs, and Ryan Bliss and Cam Gosdin each had an RBI.
Garrett Casey got the start for Troup, and he pitched 4 1/3 innings, and only one of the six runs he allowed was earned.
Casey had seven strikeouts.
Robinson pitched two shutout innings to finish it, and he had three strikeouts.
In Friday’s first game, Troup overwhelmed East Coweta with 14 hits, and it scored four or more runs in three separate innings.
Troup scored five runs in the second inning, four more in the fourth, and six runs in the sixth.
Williams did a lot of the offensive damage for Troup with three hits and six RBIs, and his three-run triple capped the six-run sixth inning.
Bliss, who continued to torment opposing teams from the leadoff position, had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and he walked twice and scored three runs.
Morton got it done from the number eight spot in the lineup with three hits and three RBIs, and Caleb McCurry had a hit and an RBI, and he scored two runs.
Doughman had two hits and an RBI, Bridwell had a hit and an RBI, Cade Garner had an RBI, and Casey had a double.
Bliss was the starting and winning pitcher.
Bliss pitched four innings and gave up four runs, and he did a nice job of working out of trouble in the fourth inning.
Trailing 5-0, Northgate pushed four runs across in the top of the fourth, but Bliss got a groundout and a flyout to keep his team ahead.
Jackson Knox pitched two innings, and Robinson entered the game in relief in the seventh inning and got the final three outs.