Tigers finish with perfect region record
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The Troup Tigers completed a perfect journey through their Region 2-AAAA schedule with a doubleheader sweep of Jordan on Wednesday.
After rolling to a 16-0 victory in the first game, Troup finished off the sweep with a 17-2 victory in game two.
Troup (25-3 overall), which finished with a 12-0 region record, is supposed to wrap up the regular season with a home game against Lafayette Christian on Saturday.
After that Troup will turn its attention to the state playoffs,and it will host a first-round series next week.
Coming off a pair of wins over LaGrange that wrapped up the region title, Troup made sure to keep the momentum going against an overmatched Jordan team.
“We look at everybody the same, and we go out there every day like they’re in the way of what we’re trying to get to,” said Hunter Kitchens, a senior outfielder for the Tigers. “That’s the way we approach every game, and we try to keep that mindset going throughout the season.”
In the first game, Josh McDonald, Reed Morris and Devon Murphy each hit home runs, and Ethan Morton pitched a four-inning no-hitter.
McDonald hit another home run in the second game, and Colton Webb and Tripp Cummings combined to get the job done on the mound.
“I thought Ethan and Colton threw the ball well,” said Troup head coach Tanner Glisson. “We had one little mishap in the outfield, but other than that it was all good, and now we can get ready for the playoffs.”
The Tigers have won 17 of their past 18 games, and if they win one more game, they’ll set a program record for victories in a season.
In Wednesday’s first game, the Tigers had 18 hits and three home runs in the 16-0 victory.
Murphy had three hits and four RBIs, and he hit a two-run home run in the second inning.
McDonald had two hits and two RBIs, and he had a solo home run in the second inning.
Morris also hit a home run, a two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth inning that ended the game because of the run rule.
Webb had three doubles and three RBIs, Morton had three hits with two doubles and an RBI, leadoff hitter Brett Haynes had three hits and three RBIs, Mason Atkinson had two hits with a triple, and Tre Mosley had a hit.
Morton didn’t allow a hit in four innings, and he had three strikeouts.
In the second game, McDonald hit another home run, a towering two-run shot in the first inning.
Morton had three hits and two RBIs, Haynes, Murphy and Will Noles each had two hits and an RBI, Will Keeter, Dwartney Wortham and Cummings each had a hit and two RBIs, Kitchens and Atkinson each had an RBI, Daniel Martin had a hit, and Morris walked and scored a run.
Webb started and pitched three innings with six strikeouts, and Cummings threw a scoreless fourth inning to finish things off.