Troup loses 34-run thriller to Trinity Christian
Published 11:04 pm Thursday, September 7, 2023
Thursday saw one of the longest and wildest games in Troup softball history play out as the Tigers suffered a tough 18-16 loss to Trinity Christian.
The game had rallies by both teams, runs galore and a pinch of heartbreak for the home team as they saw a chance to move up the region standings slip out of their hands.
The Lions took an early lead, scoring two runs in the top of the second.
Troup was unfazed and produced six runs in the bottom of the second inning, all with two outs.
The Tigers strong two-out hitting continued into the third inning where they added two runs on to their lead.
Troup took an 8-2 lead into the fourth inning, but the Lions were able to chop that lead down to just two runs in the top of the fourth.
Once again the Tigers responded, scoring six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 14-6 lead.
The fifth inning is where it all unraveled for the Tigers as they surrendered 10 runs and watched what was an eight run lead turn into a two-run deficit.
The Tigers rallied in the bottom of the fifth and sixth to score a couple of runs but could not keep the Lions off the board.
The loss was no fault of Kaitlyn Smalley, who had a big offensive showing. She hit a double and a triple while leading the team with five RBIs. Patience Watkins and Hadilee Arnold also had two hits apiece.
It has been a big week for Arnold, who came into this week with just two hits on the season, but she went 6-for-9 this week to bust out of her slump.
Haley Kitchens, Anna Grace Keller, Camdyn Bassett, Sheniyah Philpot and Madeira Sirmons all had a hit each. Kitchens and Sirmons led the team with three runs scored apiece.
Troup fell to 5-6 on the season and 2-3 in region play. The Tigers will host an important region game against Starr’s Mill next Tuesday before taking on LaGrange on Thursday.