Troup edges out Callaway in tightly contested game

Published 10:27 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2023

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Baseball is back in full flow and Wednesday saw another chapter in the friendly rivalry between Troup and Callaway with the Tigers escaping with a 5-2 home win. 

The Cavaliers were the ones who got out on the right foot in the game, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a Houston Wilson two RBI single.

Troup did not battle back and got a foothold in the game when Devon Murphy scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to one run. The very next pitch, Josh McDonald reached on an error to drive in another run to tie the game.

The game stayed deadlocked until McDonald delivered a sacrifice fly to drive a run in the bottom of the fifth inning which gave the Tigers their first lead of the game.  

The Tigers were able to grab a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The first run came from a Will Keeter RBI single before Murphy delivered a sac fly to drive in the fifth and final run of the game for the Tigers.

Murphy was sensational for the Tigers, pitching a complete game and allowing only three hits and no earned runs on six strikeouts. He also delivered from the plate as well, going 1-for-2 with two runs scored, two RBI and a walk. 

It was a real pitcher’s duel with neither team able to generate a ton of offense. Troup had four hits with Reed Morris, Fisher Baltzell and Keeter all getting one each.

Callaway only got three hits in the game. One each from CJ Stephens, Luke Taylor and Wilson.

Bryce Hubbard got the start on the mound and limited the Tiger bats in his five innings of work. He limited the Tigers to just two hits on seven strikeouts but did walk five batters. Stephens came in to relieve Hubbard for the sixth inning. 

Troup improved to 4-2 on the season and bounced back nicely from a loss last time out. The Tigers will be away to Central on Saturday for their next contest.

Callaway fell to 4-2 overall but remain 1-0 in region play. The Cavaliers will play their third game in three days when they travel to take on Columbia for a region game on Thursday.