Webb pitches Troup past Chapel Hill

Published 11:34 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2019


Daily News

DOUGLASVILLE – Troup’s Colton Webb was in control.

Webb delivered a masterful pitching performance to lead Troup to a 4-0 road win over Chapel Hill on Wednesday in a Region 5-AAAA game.

Troup improved to 5-1 in the region, and it will finish the week with a home game against Sandy Creek today at 5:55 p.m.

Troup is tied for first place in the region with Cartersville, and those two teams split their two games last week.

In Wednesday’s game, Chapel Hill’s hitters floundered against Webb.

Webb held Chapel Hill to one hit, and he had five strikeouts.

Chapel Hill had a chance against Webb in the first inning when it put two men on with a pair of walks, but it was unable to push a run across.

Webb threw five consecutive perfect innings after that before running into a bit of trouble in the seventh inning. Chapel Hill got a walk and a hit to start the inning, but Webb retired the next three batters to end it.

“After the first inning, he settled down and started pitching,” Troup head coach Craig Garner said. “A lot of times he tries to get out there and just throw it by people. After the first inning, he settled down, and he tried to locate, and he used three pitches and changed speeds. I was very proud of him. That was probably the highlight of the day was him on the mound.”

Seniors Colby Williams and Jackson Knox have been Troup’s steadiest starting pitchers this season, and having Webb step up gives Garner another arm to rely on.

“That was big for his confidence, and that’ll be big for us down the road if we can continue to throw him, and continue to use our young guys, Carson (Garner) and Daniel (Martin),” Garner said.

Offensively, the Tigers didn’t do much, but it was enough.

The Tigers scored two runs in the top of the first to take the lead, and they capped the scoring with two runs in the fifth inning.

Caleb McCurry had two hits for the Tigers, Trace Meadows, Colby Williams and Cade Garner each had a hit, and Williams and Webb each had an RBI.

McCurry started the first-inning rally with a base hit, and he stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. After Cooper Doughman walked, McCurry scored on a passed ball to get the Tigers on the board.

Daniel Martin, who was running for Doughman, scored on a Williams sacrifice fly to put Troup on top 2-0.

Troup scored two more runs in the fifth inning.

Doughman got things started with a walk, and Martin was once again brought in to run for him.

With one out and Martin on third, Webb’s RBI groundout gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

With two outs and the bases clear, Cade Garner reached on an error, and Ethan Morton walked.

Garner advanced to third on a passed ball, and he scored on a wild pitch to put Chapel Hill in a 4-0 hole.

At the halfway point of the region schedule, Troup has put itself in prime position to compete for a region championship.

“If we do what we’re capable of doing, then we feel like we’ve got a very good shot to possibly win the region,” Garner said. “We’ve just got to continue to improve. We’ve got to learn from our mistakes, and make each game a little better than the last.”