Troup splits doubleheader over the weekend
Published 9:48 pm Monday, February 20, 2023
It was an action packed Saturday for the Troup baseball team, which played an early double header against Seckinger and Kennesaw Mountain.
Both games featured a ton of offense, but it was the Tigers who came out on top of Sekinger 7-6. Troup had to pull off a late inning comeback after falling behind early. Sekinger scored two runs in the first inning before adding another in the bottom of the third to put the Tigers in a 3-0 hole.
Troup got a run back in the top of the fourth when Josh McDonald hit an RBI single, but Sekinger stretched its lead back out to three runs in the bottom of the fourth.
With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, the Tigers went to work. Tripp Cummings got it all started with a two RBI double to cut the deficit two just one run. Damien Reeves scored on a wild pitch to tie the game before Carson Walker delivered an RBI single to give the Tigers their first lead of the game.
Troup once again did damage with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, scoring two runs on a Reed Morris double to give the Tigers a three-run advantage. Morris was sensational once again, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Sekinger got two runs back in the bottom of the seventh but left runners stranded on second and third as the Tigers used some strong defense to get out of a jam.
Cummings is putting together a strong opening to his season and went 2-for-2 with two RBIs in the game. He came into the game in relief on the mound and pitched four innings, earning the win in the process.
Devon Murphy got the start and shut down Sekinger in his only inning on the mound.
The game against Kennesaw Mountain featured even more offense, but the Tigers came out on the wrong side of a wild 17-12 game in extra innings.
Troup jumped out to a four run lead after the opening inning, but Kennesaw Mountain made it 4-2 after the second. The offenses kept trolling early with Troup taking an 8-6 lead into the seventh inning. The Mustangs struck back and scored three runs in the top of the seventh to take a one-run lead.
With their backs against the wall, Morris delivered a RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to extend the game at minimum. However, Troup could not find the winning run as the game headed into a decisive eighth inning.
The Mustangs bombarded Troup with eight runs in the top of the eighth to all but put the game to bed. The Tigers got three consolation runs before the game was over but could not muster the same gusto the Mustangs found in the extra inning.
Morris kept his hot start from earlier in the day and finished the game 2-for-6 with four RBis and a run scored. Murphy also produced a big game offensively, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBIs and two walks.
Walker showed tremendous patience at the plate, walking three times to go along with his two hits.
The Tigers used a whopping seven different pitchers in the game with none of them able to find much of a groove.
With the doubleheader split, Troup is now 3-2 on the young season. The Tigers return to the diamond on Wednesday against Callaway.