Troup falls to East Coweta
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
They’re off and running.
The Troup Tigers embarked on a new season with a 4-1 loss to visiting East Coweta on Wednesday afternoon.
It was tied 1-1 when the Indians took the lead with a run in the top of the fifth, and they added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to cap the scoring.
Four Troup pitchers combined to hold East Coweta to five hits, but they also walked 11 batters.
The Tigers also committed three errors that led to three unearned runs.
“Early in the season like this, typically the team with the fewest mistakes is going to win the ballgame, and of course that trend stayed true,” said Troup head coach Craig Garner. “We pretty much lost the ballgame because we walked 11 and hit one, and had three errors.”
Garner was impressed with the way his pitchers fought through some difficult situations.
One of those pitchers, Carson Garner, struck out three straight batters in the top of the fifth to hold East Coweta to one run in an inning that could have gotten out of hand.
“I was proud of the fact that some of our pitchers, even though they were struggling at times, pitched out of jams,” Garner said. “There were a couple of innings where it could have been really bad. Fortunately, we held our composure a little bit and got out of some tough jams. I was glad to see that.”
Daniel Martin started for Troup and pitched two innings, and he gave up two hits and a first-inning run.
Next to the mound was Colton Webb, and he struck out five batters and worked around four walks to hold East Coweta scoreless during his two innings.
Carson Garner threw the next two innings, and he also had five strikeouts and four walks, and he held East Coweta to one run on two hits.
Grayson Garner pitched the seventh inning for Troup, and he gave up two hits and two walks but only surrendered one run.
Offensively, Grayson Garner had an RBI single in the second inning, and Caleb McCurry had Troup’s other hit.
Tre Mosley and Reed Morris reached on walks for Troup.