Late home run lifts Tigers
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
PHENIX CITY, Ala. – Brett Haynes came through with the goods on the pitcher’s mound, and Reed Morris blasted a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning as Troup rallied past home-standing Glenwood School 3-1 on Monday.
It was the 14th consecutive win for the Tigers, who improved to 21-2 with the come-from-behind win.
Troup was trailing 1-0 when Morris drove the ball over the left-field fence for a three-run homer in the top of the sixth, and that was plenty of support for Haynes.
Haynes gave up a solo home run in the second inning, but was untouchable outside of that.
The right-hander held Glenwood to two hits and one walk, and he had five strikeouts.
The Tigers didn’t do much offensively, but they did enough to keep their winning streak alive.
Troup has another tough road game against Central-Phenix City on Tuesday before traveling to LaGrange for a critical Region 2-AAAA showdown on Friday.
Troup is in first place in the region with an 8-0 record, while LaGrange is in second at 7-1.
“Tomorrow we’ve got Central-Phenix City so it doesn’t get any easier,” said Troup head coach Tanner Glisson. “We’re getting ready for playoff time and getting into some really good competition. We like that fact that we’re getting tested, and we’re having to fight through it and battle and make adjustments. I really like this ball team because they throw strikes, and they catch the ball.”
In Monday’s game, Haynes and Glenwood’s Colton Dempsey were locked in a pitcher’s duel.
Glenwood took a 1-0 lead on a solo home run by Trevor Horne in the second inning, and that’s the way it remained until Troup’s late-game rally.
Mason Atkinson and Haynes got things started with back-to-back singles, and two batters later, Morris stepped to the plate and came through with his go-ahead home run.
“Reed had a really good at-bat,” Glisson said. “We tried to bunt the runners over to give him a chance to drive both of them in, and we couldn’t do it, and he hits it a mile. That was good for him, and it was against a really good pitcher.”
When Haynes returned to the mound with his team ahead for the first time, he set Glenwood down in order in the bottom of the sixth.
Glenwood got a leadoff single in the seventh inning, but Haynes retired the next three batters to end it.
“(Haynes) threw strikes, and we played really good defense,” Glisson said. “That’s kind of been our MO, so that was good to see.”