Troup looks to stay hot
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The surging Troup Tigers are looking to keep the wins coming this week.
Troup (16-2 overall) will put its 4-0 Region 2-AAAA record on the line when it travels to Columbus to take on the Shaw Raiders on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Those same two teams will play again on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Troup.
The Tigers have put themselves in position to possibly win a region championship, and whether that happens or not will likely be determined when they play the rival LaGrange Grangers on April 16 and April 19.
The key, head coach Tanner Glisson said, is to make sure everyone is 100 percent ready to go by the time those games come around.
“We’ve got a big series coming up in a couple of weeks,” Glisson said. “You want to make sure you’re playing your best. We’ve played at a pretty decent level all year long. We just want to make sure there aren’t any setbacks, and you continue to try to get better, and really make sure your pitchers get the work in they need.”
So far, everything has fallen into place nicely for the Tigers.
Troup’s only two losses were to Northgate and East Coweta, and those games could have gone either way.
Troup lost to Northgate 5-3 in a game that ended after five innings because of weather concerns, and it fell to East Coweta 5-4.
Had those two games gone a different way, the Tigers would be unbeaten.
Leading the way is Glisson, who has been Troup’s head football coach since 2015 but is in his first season as the head coach of the baseball team.
Glisson took over following the departure of long-time coach Craig Garner, who is now at Northside-Columbus.
“We came in, and really didn’t know what to expect,” Glisson said. “We knew there were some things we had to improve on. To sit there and only have two losses, and really those two loses could have easily been in our favor as well, we’re pretty pleased where we’re at.”
Troup’s opponent this week is a Shaw team that should be in the mix for one of the region’s four state-playoff spots.
After losing twice to LaGrange, Shaw beat Jordan 9-6 last week to improve to 1-2 in the region.
Glisson gave the players the weekend off before having them return for a night-time practice on Monday.
“We told them we’d give them some time off, and we did,” Glisson said. “We had a good little practice tonight and got under the lights, and took a round of (batting practice), and the guys had a little hop in their step. That was good to see.”
TROUP VS. SHAW
WHEN: 5:30 p.m.
WHEN: 5:30 p.m.