Troup deals Colonels heart-breaking losses
by David Royal
May 08, 2013 | 934 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cass High’s Sam Ayers (5) tags out a Troup runner at second in the second game between the two teams. The Tigers defeated the Colonels at Cass High to advance in the state playoffs.
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Cass High’s Sam Ayers (5) tags out a Troup runner at second in the second game between the two teams. The Tigers defeated the Colonels at Cass High to advance in the state playoffs. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Cass High’s Brandon Etheridge (6) delivers a pitch to a Troup batter in their game Wednesday at the school. 
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Cass High’s Brandon Etheridge (6) delivers a pitch to a Troup batter in their game Wednesday at the school. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Troup scored two runs in the seventh inning against one for Cass and defeated the Colonels, 5-4, to advance to the Elite 8 round of the state high school AAAA baseball playoffs.

Cass had scored a run in the top of the inning to go ahead but the Tigers answered the first run and then trumped it with a second to claim the nightcap in their best-of-three series. The Tigers won the early contest, 6-0.

The two had kicked things off at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Sweet 16 round of the playoffs at Cass, the first series of its type the school has ever hosted.

Troup 5, Cass 4

Cass, which plays in Region 7-AAAA, struck first in the night matchup, scoring two runs in the top of the third inning and adding one run in the fifth.

Troup scored one run in the fourth inning and two in the fifth. The two were tied at 3-all after five full innings of play.

Cass then added its fourth run in the top of the seventh only to have Troup tie and then pass them in the seventh.

Cass outhit the visitors in the second game, tallying 10 hits on the evening. Troup scored its runs on six hits. Both teams committed two errors.

Scoring runs for Cass were Brandon Etheridge, Sam Ayers and Chris Morton (two).

Ayers was 2-of-3 at the plate; Chaz Wilson was 2-of-4 with an RBI; Dylan Williams was 1-of-4 with two RBIs; Hunter Southern was 2-of-3; and Morton was 2-of-3.

Etheridge gave up five runs on the mound, three of them earned, while striking out eight and issuing seven bases on balls.

Jarred Adams turned in seven innings of work for Troup, allowing four runs, two of them earned, and striking out 11.

Troup 6, Cass 0

Playing small ball and creating havoc on the base path helped Troup defeat Cass High in their first matchup.

The visitors scored a run in the first, three in the sixth and two in the seventh in claiming the 6-0 victory.

The Tigers turned to their signature style of play early in the contest, sending Adams — their first base runner — to second in the first inning with one out. The thievery put Adams in scoring position and he capitalized two batters later by tallying the game’s first run when Jacob Ozment hit an RBI single, giving Troup a 1-0 lead.

Then in the sixth, the Colonels committed two errors and helped the Tigers score three runs while building a comfortable 4-0 lead. The first of those runs came when Dalton Hadley — who had left second early — crossed home plate on a single by Bo Halcomb. Winston Turner, who reached on an error, scored when a ball intended for third base kept going into the outfield. Cody Doughman, who reached first on a single, made it home on the same play when the leftfielder was charged with a second error on the play, digging the Colonels a 4-0 hole.

Troup scored its final two runs in the seventh inning after CJ Tatum reached first on an error when a liner he hit to the Cass infield was misplayed.

The next two Tigers made outs but Jonathan Foster sent his offering over the left centerfield wall to close out scoring on the evening at 6-0 in favor of Troup.

The result negated a solid performance by Dylan Williams, the pitching ace of the Colonels who worked seven innings, allowed five hits, gave up one earned run, and struck out nine.

Garrett McClurg and Jacob Ozley combined for the shutout for Troup, allowing three hits, two walks and fanning nine batters.

Ayers, Wilson and Austin Gore tallied the three hits for Cass. Ayers also coaxed a walk out of Troup pitchers.

Cass closed the season with an 18-12 overall record and is 8-4 in Region 7A-AAAA.

Troup will face the winner of the series between Veterans and Dutchtown.