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Troup stays hot with win over Hardaway

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

The beat goes on for the Troup Tigers.

With Wednesday’s 15-4 home win over the Hardaway Hawks, Troup improved to 12-2 overall, and 2-0 in Region 2-AAAA.

The Hawks scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning to get within two, but the Tigers answered with six runs in the bottom of the inning to put it away.

Troup added three more runs in the fifth inning, and the game ended at that point because of the run rule.

“Overall, we have been playing well for a while, and we did what we had to do tonight to get to 2-0 in the region and 12-2 overall,” said Tanner Glisson, Troup’s first-year head coach. “It’s hard to complain when you run-rule somebody, but there’s some fundamental things we need to work on. We’ll try to do that and clean it up before next week. All in all, we’re still healthy, and the kids are getting after it.”

Troup will host Heard County on Monday before playing two critical region games against Columbus.

“That’ll be a good measuring stick to kind of see where we are, and just keep going,” Glisson said. “You know how it is with baseball. It’s a long marathon, and you’re hoping your best baseball is in front of you.”

In Wednesday’s game, Devon Murphy and Brett Haynes combined to get the job done on the mound.

Murphy started and pitched 3 1/3 innings, and all four of the runs he allowed were unearned.

Haynes didn’t give up any runs or hits in 1 2/3 innings, and he had two strikeouts.

Offensively, the Tigers only have five hits, but they drew 13 walks.

Haynes, hitting in the leadoff position, had a double and three RBIs, and he walked three times.

Reed Morris had two hits and three RBIs, and Tre Mosley had a hit and an RBI.

Murphy had two RBIs, and he also walked twice.

Mason Atkinson, Josh McDonald and Ethan Morton each had RBIs, Daniel Martin had a base hit, and Atkinson walked three times.