Keller leads Troup to victory in region opener

Published 9:55 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2023

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Make it two in a row.

The Troup softball team won its second game in a row on Wednesday, dominating Starr’s Mill 14-1 in their region opener. This comes after the Tigers dropped their first two games of the season but have rebounded nicely to get back to .500. 

The offense was rolling early and often for the Tigers, who racked up 20 hits on the night.

Troup opened the scoring in the top of the first inning when Camdyn Bassett brought home two runs with a triple. 

Troup’s offense did not slow down from there with the Tigers extending their lead to 6-1 in the second inning. Gracie Baker grounded out and Kitchens hit a fly out to left field to drive in the first two runs of the inning. Anna Grace Keller drove in the third of the inning when she smoked a triple to right field. Kaitlyn Smalley drove in the final run when she hit a double to left field.

The Panthers got a run back in the second inning, but it barely made a dent in the deficit. 

The Tigers added two more runs for the Tigers in the third inning when Keller hit a two-run single.

Keller starred for the Tigers, putting together a superb offensive showing in which she was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBIs. That was not all she provided as she pitched six innings in relief and did not allow a single hit on 10 strikeouts. 

Troup’s offense stalled out a bit in the fourth and fifth inning before exploding for six runs in the sixth. Baker drove in the first run when she reached on an error with two outs and that is all the Tigers needed to start a two-out rally. Keller added her third and fourth RBI with a single later in the inning. Smalley brought a run home with a double before Patience Watkins and Sheniyah Philpot each had one-run singles to round out the scoring on the evening.

Keller was not the only Troup player with a strong showing on Wednesday. Smalley was an impressive 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Philpot led the team with four hits on the day. Bassett had three, Zoe Graham and Watkins had two while Hadilee Arnold, Madeira Sirmons, and Baker all had a hit apiece. 

The Tigers (2-2) will be right back on the diamond for a pivotal region class at home against LaGrange on Thursday.